Frequently Asked Questions

Admission

What if I transfer from another institution?

If you are planning to transfer to UTTC, you must have your credit hours evaluated by a Teacher Education advisor. The number of credits accepted for transfer cannot exceed 50% of the degree plan. In addition, you must meet the following conditions: I. Recency Requirement Professional education courses completed prior to transferring to the UTTC Teacher Education program are evaluated for currency standards; courses taken more than five (5) years ago will not be accepted. II. Course Sequence Requirement The courses in the Teacher Education degree plan were specifically designed to build on the competencies met in a previous course. Because of this, some courses that were taken at other institutions may not be considered for transfer even if the course appears to be similar to one offered by the UTTC Teacher Education program. III. Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Student teaching will be permitted only when the following conditions have been satisfied:
  • You must be admitted to the UTTC Teacher Education program.
  • You must complete all professional teacher education course work (or approved equivalents) as required by the Teacher Education program.
  • You must fulfill UTTC’s residency-credit requirements.
  • You may have only 2’s and 3’s on your Teacher Education Professional Dispositions tool.
  • You must submit a student teaching application the semester before you plan to do your student teaching.
  • You must be registered to take the required Praxis II content exams in your area. These exams should be scheduled prior to beginning student teaching, however, you can take them during your student teaching internship.
The specific test numbers can be found under helpful links on the North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board website. More information about the specific tests will be available in the Teacher Education department.

Under what circumstances are special accommodations made?

The Teacher Education department also recognizes specific program and diversity needs of professional educators as well as students with disabilities, and it reservers the right to consider such factors in the admission of teacher candidates.

If you have a disability, you must first register with the Disability Services Coordinator office located in the upper level of the Jack Barden Center on the UTTC Campus.

Is there an appeal process?

If you wish to appeal an application process decision, you must communicate that request in writing to the Chair of Teacher Education. The written request should include documentation of any migating conditions or circumstances you wish the committee to consider in reviewing its earlier action.

The department faculty will review the circumstances of your case and make recommendations to the Vice President of Academic, Career & Technical Education who has final authority. The appeal process is outlined in the Teacher Education Student Handbook.

What happens after I’m provisionally admitted?

You are expected to maintain high professional and academic standards. Quality of work and timely progress through the program are two (2) criteria considered as evidence of your professional competence.

Program expectations are as follows:

  1. Provisional admission to specific program is valid for a period of five (5) years. If you have not completed the program within the five-year period, you will be required to seek readmission under the current admission standards.
  2. Professional education credit hours older than five (5) years at the time of program admission may not be counted toward licensure.
  3. Failure to maintain a level of achievement consistent with the program standards required for teacher education admission may result in suspension from the program. Once you are admitted to the program, you must maintain a GPA of 2.75. You cannot receive a grade lower than a B in any professional education course. If you do receive a grade lower than a B, you may repeat any professional education course one (1) time only.
  4. Maintain a 2.0 average on the Teacher Education Professional Dispositions tool.
  5. Documented violations of the UTTC Student Code of Conduct may be considered grounds for suspension or dismissal from the Teacher Education program.
  6. You are admitted on a provisional basis until you begin your student teaching. If you fail to maintain an acceptable level of achievement during this time, corrective action will be taken.

What are the minimum scores for Praxis Core testing?

Current minimum scores required for admission to the Teacher Education program are:

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You may take any one or more of the test sections over as necessary. Keep in mind you have to pay for the test each time you take it.

Where do I register for the Praxis Core?

We will assist you with registering for the Praxis Core. It is offered either computer-based only. You must either register online and pay the fee with a credit or debit card or print the form from the website and mail it with payment. The fee has to be paid when you register. More information is available in the Teacher Education department.

Do I have to take an admission exam?

Yes. You must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (Praxis Core), a standardized assessment that shows your achievement levels in reading, writing, and mathematics.

What are the prerequisites?

You may apply to the Teacher Education program if you are currently enrolled in or have completed the following courses:

  1. English composition (grade C or above in ENG 110 and ENG 120 or equivalent);
  2. Quantitative literacy (grade C or above in MTH 103 or quivalent);
  3. Communication proficiancy (grade C or above in COM 110 or quivalent);
  4. Computer information literacy (grade C or above in CSC 101 or equivalent);
  5. And grade C or above in EDU 250 Introduction to Education and PSY 230 Educational Psychology

Do I need a background check?

Yes. You must have a background check as soon as you are admitted and before being placed in a public school for field experiences. You will not be allowed to begin professional program courses until you have received clearance.

Admission to the Teacher Education program will be immediately revoked if you have a criminal record that prohibits you from being eligible for a North Dakota teaching license. Additional information will be provided once you have been notified about provisional admission into the Teacher Education program.

What is the admission process?

The Teacher Education program has a competitive admissions process. A limited number of applicants are admitted for Fall Semester and for Spring Semester.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a separate process from United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) admission. Being accepted for admissions to UTTC is one thing; being amitted to the Teacher Education program is a separate process.

After you apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program, and complete the necessary requirements, you will be admitted on a provisional basis until you have completed all required course work, field experience, and testing. You will become a fully admitted candidate for licensure at the beginning of your student teaching semester.