Education Major and Minor Requirements

Department Chair: C. Prather
Director of Elementary Education and Coordinator of Elementary Education Field:  C. Prather
Director of Secondary Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education Field:  S. Hall
Teacher Licensing Advisor: C. Prather
Department Members: K. Eiler, S. Hall, J. Martinez, C. Prather, A. Schultz

Majors: Elementary Education; Secondary Education – English/Language Arts, French, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Education P-12, Social Studies, Spanish
Minor: Elementary Education – English as a New Language (ENL) for Elementary Teachers (non-licensure)

The Teacher Education Program at Franklin College focuses on preparing competent, caring decision makers.  It is an outgrowth of the liberal arts structure of the college.  The foundation of the Franklin College Education Program is the extensive practical experience that students gain by working with children and experienced teachers in accredited school classrooms.  Each Franklin College Education Department methods course is tied to a co-requisite field experience.  Students acquire knowledge of how children learn, methods of teaching, and the workings of a school community through these experiences.  Depth of content knowledge is provided by the rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum of the college.

The Franklin College Teacher Education Program is standards-based, performance-driven, assessment conscious, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education.  These accreditations recognize the high standards of Franklin College and its education department in the preparation of K-12 educators.  Such accreditations also allow program graduates to be eligible for recommendation for teacher licensure in the state of Indiana and in any state with an interstate agreement, arranged by The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)

Compliance with regulations established by the Indiana Department of Education may alter the Education Department policies, curricula, and course content regardless of the student’s enrollment date in the program.  Students are advised to work closely with the Education Department academic advisors to keep abreast of any and all changes.

Mission of the Teacher Education Program

The mission of the Franklin College Teacher Education Program is to prepare future professional educators to be “competent, caring decision makers.” This theme provides a unifying perspective to bring together the various components of all the educational programs at Franklin College. It implies thoughtful design and implementation of the various licensure programs in order to provide comprehensive and coordinated experiences for all candidates.

The goals and criteria of the Teacher Education Program set a standard of excellence and show that the programs attend to the career track of preparing K-12 educators. Candidates are active participants as undergraduate learners because of the field-based nature of the program.  The focus on specific dispositions needed by future professional educators leads to “values-focused” preparation. The program is developmental in nature, therefore the candidates move through a series of courses as a cohort group or community of learners in which each participant receives personal attention.

The mission also implies that the Teacher Education Program prepares educators who are able to perform effectively in authentic school-based situations. More specifically, Franklin College graduates must demonstrate knowledge, as well as certain desired skills and dispositions, which are critical to success as a novice teacher. Franklin College prepares future K-12 educators who clearly visualize their roles, meet the demands of innovation and change, and value learning as a life-long process.

The education department faculty believes in the mission of service.  The faculty reaches out to individuals, schools, and the larger community in order to serve in various professional roles. This service is in addition to their work as college professors, field experience supervisors and integral members of the college community.

Transfer Credit

The only education course the Teacher Education Program accepts for transfer credit is a course equivalent to EDU 124 Introduction to Teaching and American Education.  A student with transfer credit for EDU 124 must register for EDU 490, an Independent Study course, which will cover the content that is specific to the Franklin College education program.

Minimum Grades

A teacher education candidate must receive a grade of a ‘C’ or better in any professional education course. No grade below a ‘C-’ will be accepted in any content course designated/required for certification.
 Students may enroll in the sophomore level sequence of courses if they have met the following criteria:

  • 75 GPA cumulative
  • 75 GPA licensure area
  • Display appropriate dispositions for teaching
  • Successfully complete EDU 124

Background Reports
The Franklin College Teacher Education Program is a field-based program. A student in the program will have many interactions with K-12 learners. A student is expected to be a law-abiding citizen and will be required to pass criminal history and background checks prior to each term in order to participate in field school experiences, internships, off-site course activities, and student teaching. If a placement is rejected by a school due to issues with the student’s criminal history or background check, the College has no further obligation regarding placement for that term. 

Admission to Teacher Education
To be considered for admission into the Teacher Education Program, for fall of the junior year, students must submit a formal application to the education department. This application will be completed during the fall semester of the sophomore year. The application must be filed with the education department secretary by the designated due date.

The education department reviews each application individually according to established criteria for admission to teacher education. Admission criteria include:

  • 0 GPA cumulative; 3.0 GPA in the content
  • recommendation for admission by the faculty
  • no grade below a ‘C’ in any professional education course
  • no grade below a ‘C-’ in any content course designated/required for certification
  • display appropriate dispositions for teaching
  • satisfactory grade in all education field experiences/internships
  • passing scores on each of the basic skills tests or documentation verifying that the student has met one of the exam alternatives approved by the Indiana Department of Education

No student will be permitted to enroll in any 300/400 level professional education courses, field experiences or internships until he/she has gained admission to the Teacher Education Program.  
Candidates admitted to the teacher education program are reviewed regularly to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward graduation and licensure. To continue in the program, candidates must meet all standards established by the education department which include:

  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 (A=4.00) at the end of each academic semester/term
  • content GPA of 3.0 (A=4.00) at the end of each academic semester/term
  • no grade below ‘C’ in any professional education class*
  • no grade below a ‘C-’ in any content course designated/required for certification
  • a grade of ‘S’ in all education field experiences and internships
  • appropriate dispositions for teaching

*for elementary education majors professional education courses include:  PED 322, FNA 420 and all those with ED prefixes.

Approval for Student Teaching

Student teaching applications must be submitted to the education department secretary in the junior year.  A student teaching placement will only be sought for those candidates who have successfully met all program requirements to date and who have been approved for a student teaching placement by the education department faculty.

Additional Fees

  • It is the responsibility of the student to register for and pay the fees associated with the basic skills test (for admittance into the program) and the pedagogy and content (for state licensure) tests.
  • All Education Field Experiences carry a $15 fee.
  • A one-time fee of $125 will be charged during the spring of the senior year as an honorarium for the cooperating teacher.
  • Once a school corporation accepts a student for a field experience or winter term internship, a $25 fee may be charged for withdrawing from or failing to complete the internship.
  • Once a school corporation accepts a student for a student teaching placement, a $50 fee may be charged for withdrawing from or failing to complete the student teaching internship.

Licensure Requirements

To be recommended for an Indiana State Teaching License by the Franklin College Licensing Advisor, a student must submit an on-line license application and meet all state and college licensing requirements, including:

  • Completion of all college and teacher education program requirements for graduation
  • Completion of student teaching with earned grade of “C” or higher
  • Completion of college senior competency practicum with earned grade of “C” or higher
  • Achieve passing scores on all standardized tests required for licensing and have official scores on file at Franklin College
  • Provide proof of current CPR/Heimlich/AED certification
  • Provide proof of satisfactory completion of Suicide Awareness Program

Academic Advising

Every student has an academic advisor who assists with curricular and class scheduling matters and some phases of career planning.  While the academic advisors and other personnel are available for assistance, the primary responsibility for taking appropriate and required courses to meet graduation requirements rests with the student.

A student should declare his/her major by the end of the freshmen academic year.  At that time education majors will be assigned to an academic advisor who is either a member of the education department or a faculty member who has received special training in the education department program requirements.  In most instances the student will work with this advisor through the remainder of his/her college career. 

Elementary Education Program

Successful completion of the Franklin College Elementary Education Program enables a program graduate to be eligible for a K-6 license to teach in primary and intermediate grade settings. All coursework and field experiences/internships align with Indiana’s developmental and content standards for elementary generalists as adopted by Indiana in December 2010.