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Frequently Asked Questions

You're going to have questions. We want to make it easy for you to get answers. Answers to some of our most commonly asked questions are below. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

What are the undergraduate admission criteria for the department and its licensure programs?

Applicants must have a minimum 960 SAT score or a 20 ACT score. Incoming first-year students with a high school G.P.A. of at least a 3.0 and who are in the top third of their class are preferred. To remain in a licensure program, students must maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.  

What licensure programs are available at the undergraduate level in the Department of Teacher Education?

Early childhood (age three to grade three), middle childhood grades 4-9 (requires two content areas of licensure), adolescence to young adult grades 7-12 (requires one content area of licensure), intervention specialist (special education) grades K-12, art education grades PK-12, foreign language grades PK-12, and music education grades PK-12.

Students may also enroll in teacher licensure programs in other departments at the University of Dayton. These programs include music education grades PK-12, physical education grades PK-12, and teacher licensure for students majoring in selected fields in the College of Arts & Sciences.

What happens if I want to teach outside of Ohio after I finish the program?

Most states have reciprocity with Ohio, which means that a license obtained in Ohio is valid in other states. Some states require additional tests or courses in order to teach there. Consult the Office of the Dean in Chaminade 104 or the Ohio Department of Education for information about a specific state.

What is PRAXIS?

The Praxis series tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the licensure process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. Learn more >>

What is PRAXIS I, and where does it fit into the program?

Praxis I consists of three standardized tests that measure basic skill tests in reading, writing, and math.  Undergraduate students must pass/waive Praxis I in order to be admitted to a licensure program within the Teacher Education department.  For students with an ACT composite score (reading, math, English, science) >24 or an SAT composite score (verbal and math only) >1110, this requirement is waived. Learn more >> 

What is PRAXIS II, and where does it fit into the program?

PRAXIS II is a written and multiple-choice test that all students in a licensure program must pass in order to obtain the Ohio two-year provisional teaching license. The test measures content knowledge in subject-specific areas and professional knowledge of educational best practices. Undergraduate students usually take PRAXIS II during their senior year. Post-baccalaureate students are required to pass their specialty (content) area test(s) before registering for EDT 507 and the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching is usually taken after EDT 508 and EDT 509. Learn more >>  

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of examples from the classroom that highlights the student's professional development as a future educator. The portfolios at the University of Dayton are structured using the INTASC Standards and the Pathwise/Praxis III framework. This framework is the foundation for the Praxis III performance-based assessment, which graduates of the program will experience in their first year of teaching. Students in the department begin the portfolio process in their first year of coursework and continue to refine it until they use it in their senior year in the job application process. Learn more >> 

What is the projected job market for teachers?

The need for new teachers is growing because of upcoming teacher retirements and additional K-12 curriculum requirements. Right now, the market is especially strong in special education, math, science, and foreign language, but effective teachers are needed at all levels and in all disciplines. All first-year students begin the career placement process with an online resume, which when completed, is available to future employers. In conjunction with Career Services, the Educational Field Office invites school districts from across the country to conduct on-campus interviews with students in their senior year. 

What kind of advising is available for undergraduate students in the department?

All students have a faculty advisor. The advisor assists students in designing a four-year plan, and the advisor is also available for other questions that may arise about the field of education. The University of Dayton also has a Peer Advising Program that pairs each incoming first-year student with an upper-class student. Through this structured program, new students get to know a fellow student who has been through similar experiences, whether classes, scheduling, or college living issues. 

When do undergraduate students begin to visit schools of PK-12 students?

Students are immersed in field experiences from the very beginning of their program. In one of the first classes, EDT 110, students in their second semester spend 20 field hours observing in a classroom relevant to their area of interest. These field experiences continue until the capstone student teaching experience in a student's senior year.