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					        ATHENS STATE UNIVERSITY – COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

        AIR (Alphabetical Information Reference)
                               Updated 11-01-09
                          Dr. Beth McCulloch Vinson
                  E-mail updates to Beth.Vinson@athens.edu.


HYPERLINKS TO ALPHABETIZED SECTIONS IN THIS DOCUMENT:
 ADVISORS                         HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER
 ALACOURT                            (HQT)
 AREA I: WRITTEN COMPOSITION      HOURS
 AREA II: HUMANITIES AND FINE     HUMANITIES
  ARTS                             INTERNSHIP
 AREA III: NATURAL SCIENCES       LIBERAL STUDIES DEGREE
  AND MATHEMATICS                  LITERATURE
 AREA IV: HISTORY, SOCIAL, AND    LIVETEXT
  BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES              MATHEMATICS
 AREA V: PRE-PROFESSIONAL         NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
  COURSES                             (NCLB)
 ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT              NONDISCRIMINATION
 ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT          OUTCOMES STATEMENT
 ALABAMA PROSPECTIVE              PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  TEACHER TEST (APTT)              PHYSICAL SCIENCE
 ART                              PLAN OF STUDY
 ARTS                             PORTFOLIO
 ARTICULATION                     POST EXAM
 ATTENDANCE STATEMENT             PRAXIS II: CONTENT
 BACKGROUND REVIEW                   KNOWLEDGE
 BANNER                           PRAXIS II (PRINCIPLES OF
 BLACKBOARD                          LEARNING AND TEACHING):
 CERTIFICATION                    PRETEST
 CLASS HOUR LOAD                  PRIVACY
 COURSE EQUVILENCIES              PROFESSIONAL DISPOSITIONS
 DEGREES OFFERED                  PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
 DEGREED STUDENTS                 READING
 E-MAILS                          RETAKING A COURSE
 ETHICS STATEMENT                 SCIENCE
 EXPIRATION                       SEMESTER HOUR CONVERSION
 FIELD EXPERIENCES                SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONAL
 FIELD EXPERIENCES – DRESS           REQUEST (SIR)
  CODE                             STARS – Statewide Transfer &
 FINGERPRINTING                      Articulation Reporting System
 FOUNDATIONS                      TB SKIN TEST (or negative chest
 GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES           x-ray)
 GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)        TEACHER EDUCATION
 GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)           PROGRAM (TEP)
  MINIMUM                          TRANSFER CREDIT
 GRADUATION                       TRANSIENT
                                   WEATHER POLICY
                                   WITHDRAWAL
           ATHENS STATE UNIVERSITY – COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

          AIR (Alphabetical Information Reference)
                                     Updated 11-01-09
                                Dr. Beth McCulloch Vinson
                        E-mail updates to Beth.Vinson@athens.edu.



ADVISORS:
     If you do not know who your advisor is, please go to the ASU Online link:
     https://24.athens.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin and select the "Student
     Services & Financial Aid" tab. Select "Student Records" and then "Display
     Current Program and Advisor.” There you should find your advisor. You can find
     the advisor information on the Athens State Directory at this link:
     http://www.athens.edu/faculty/directory.php. If you haven't been assigned an
     advisor, please contact Ms. Wanda Pryor at Wanda.Pryor@athens.edu or call
     her at 256-233-8146 to be assigned one.
ALACOURT;
     (See sections entitled “Background Review,” “Fingerprinting,” and
     “Foundations.”)
AREA I: WRITTEN COMPOSITION (6 semester hours)
          Written Composition – (6 semester hours)
             (Students must have an average of C or better in English Composition in
             order to get into TEP.)
AREA II: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS (12 semester hours)
          Literature – (3 semester hours) – (Students must complete a 6 semester
             hour sequence in either literature or history. If out-of-state students have
             two literature classes that are not in sequence, these will be accepted.)
             (See section entitled, “AREA IV”.)
          Arts – (3 semester hours) (See section entitled, “ARTS.”)
          Speech (106 or 107) – (3 semester hours)
             (Students must make a C or better in Speech in order to get into TEP.)
          Humanities and/or Fine Arts – (3 semester hours) – (philosophy, religious
             studies, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, dance, for examples)
              (See section entitled, “HUMANITIES.”)
AREA III: NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (11 semester hours)
          Pre-calculus Algebra or higher - (3 semester hours)
              (See section entitled, “MATHEMATICS.”)
          Natural Sciences with labs - (8 semester hours)
             NOTE: Elementary and Early Childhood majors must take BIO 101 or
             BIO 103 and BIO 102 or BIO 104.
             (See section entitled, “SCIENCE.”)
AREA IV: HISTORY, SOCIAL, AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (12 semester hours)
          History - (3 semester hours) (Students must complete a 6 semester hour
             sequence in either literature or history. If out-of-state students have two
             history classes that are not in sequence, these will be accepted.)
              (See section entitled, “AREA II.”)
          Social and Behavior Sciences - (6 semester hours) – (anthropology,
             economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, human
             growth and development, for examples) (3 hours of general psychology is
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          required.) (Early Childhood majors are not required to take general
          psychology.)
AREA V: PRE-PROFESSIONAL COURSES (19-23 semester hours)
         Science – For Elementary majors, the requirements are two physical
          sciences representing two different disciplines such as chemistry, physics,
          astronomy, or geology from approved courses in AREA III above and
          other than biology. They must also take 8 hours of biological science (16
          semester total hours in science). Early childhood majors take one
          physical science class and two other sciences to total 12 hours of science.
         Math - (Elementary, Early Childhood, and Collaborative Education are the
          only certification areas that must have a total of 4 math courses - totaling
          12 semester hours). The decision as to what those maths could or could
          not be was made by the Alabama Education School Deans and then
          adopted by the state. Requirements: 2 upper maths (pre-cal or higher)
          and 2 lower maths (100 or higher). MA 311 can be taken at ASU as the
          fourth (upper level) math class.
          (See section entitled, “MATHEMATICS.”)
     AREA V NOTES FOR MAJORS:
             Refer to the Program of Study sheet for specific course requirements.

             Biology: Students must take 12 semester hours of any 100-200 biology
      not including courses taken in Area III.
            Chemistry: Student must take 12 semester hours of any 100-200
      chemistry not including courses taken in Area III.
             Early Childhood: In Area V, early childhood majors take CHD 209 and
      CHD 206. They may choose from CHD 203, CHD 204, CHD 205, or CHD 215 (3
      hours).
            General Science: Take CHM 111 College Chemistry I, CHM 112 College
      Chemistry II, PHY 213 General Physics I with Calculus or PHY 201 General
      Physics I.
            History: SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology, HIS 201 U. S. History I, HIS
      202 U. S. History II, POL 211 American National Government; select courses
      appropriate to their majors.
             Language Arts: Students must choose 12 SH (for 128 SH programs) from
      the courses listed: ENG 251 American Literature I, ENG 252 American Literature
      II, ENG 271 World Literature I and ENG 272 World Literature II. Middle and high
      school education majors should select courses appropriate to their majors.
             Mathematics: MTH 125 Calculus I, MTH 126, Calculus II, MTH 227
      Calculus III. Middle and high school education majors should select courses
      appropriate to their majors. Students planning to major in mathematics at Athens
      State University strongly are encouraged to complete the following courses as
      general electives: Pre-calculus Trigonometry (3 semester hours).
             Physical education: should select courses appropriate to their majors.
      Refer to the Program of Study sheets for specific course requirements.
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ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT:
     All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. This
     includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information,
     misrepresentation, and abetting any of the above. Academic misconduct
     represents unethical behavior unbecoming to the teaching profession.
     Therefore, there is no tolerance of such behavior. Academic misconduct may
     result in a failing grade for the course.
ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT:
     Any student with a disability that will require special attention or accommodation
     should inform the instructor as soon as possible, preferably within the first week
     of class. Contact Janice Owen, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 256-233-8285 or at
     janice.owen@athens.edu.
ALABAMA PROSPECTIVE TEACHER TEST (APTT):
     This is a basic skills test for reading, writing, and mathematics. There are no
     prerequisites for this test. This test must be passed before the TEP interview.
     Students may register at www.act.org/alabamapttp (or call 1-800-294-2105).
     They may receive further information at www.alsde.edu or they can e-mail
     apttp@alsde.edu. There is no limit to the number of times that an individual
     may take the tests. The test costs $80. The tests are usually given on a
     Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The APTT score report is mailed to the
     student, the selected college of education, and the state department
     approximately six weeks after the examination. The four-digit code for Athens
     State University is 0205.
ART:
     AR310 “Fine Arts Connection” will not satisfy a general education requirement for
     a humanities elective, if not in their program. It is strictly a course for education
     students.
ARTS:
     The courses that count for “Arts” in Area II are Art History, Art Appreciation,
     Music History, Music Appreciation, but not Studio courses.
     (See section entitled, “AREA II”.)
ARTICULATION:
     Fall 1998 was the beginning of the Statewide Articulation Agreement with Areas I
     – IV guidelines on the general education courses. The purpose was to
     systematize the general education requirements making a smoother transfer of
     courses between Alabama colleges.
  (See section entitled, “STARS.”)
ATTENDANCE STATEMENT:
     It is accepted academic philosophy that sustained class attendance is essential
     to the overall educational value of a course in higher education. In order to
     achieve maximum benefit from educational activities, Athens State University
     expects regular attendance from all candidates.
BACKGROUND REVIEW:
     Beginning Summer 2008, students must complete a fingerprinting/ABI-FBI
     background review in ED 301. This will replace the Alacourt background review.
     (See sections entitled “Alacourt,” “Fingerprinting,” and “Foundations.”)
BANNER:
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      After Blackboard shuts off, students will no longer be able to view their course
      grades. All the final grades will be posted on this site:
      https://24.athens.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin .
BLACKBOARD:
      All course material can be found at: http://www.athens.edu/blackboard/.
      Remember that all Blackboard course containers are available on the first day of
      class, and are removed on the last day of class. Therefore, it is an automatic
      process set up by the Blackboard system when each person registers. For
      example, if a student has a weekend class, then the Friday of the first weekend
      class, the Blackboard folder will appear. The last day of the class, even if it is a
      month before the semester ends, the Blackboard folder for that class will
      disappear.
CERTIFICATION:
  In order to be certified, candidates must:
  1. Satisfy the requirements of the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Obtain application for certification from the Certification Officer.
  3. Provide a $30.00 money order for each level of certification. (Amount subject to
      state modification; make money order payable to the Alabama State Department
      of Education in Montgomery).
  4. If not previously fingerprinted, students should register at www.cogentid.com/AL
      or www.cogentid.com/alabama. This is a requirement in ED 301 “Foundations of
      Education.”
  5. Payment for application processing fee – There are two options for payment.
              Option 1 (This option is preferred.)
              Complete online payment for certification.
              Directions to pay online:
                  1. Go to https://www.alabamainteractive.org/education/.
                  2. Under Number of Certificates – select “one”.
                  3. Skip “Fingerprints / Background Check.”
                  4. Skip “Substitute License.”
                  5. Click “Continue.”
                  6. Complete payment page.
                  7. Print payment receipt page. (Attach printed payment receipt to the
                      application.)
              Option 2
              Bring a money order in the amount of 30.00 from the post office.
              Payable to: “Alabama State Department of Education”
              Attach money order to application – Place last four digits of social security
              number on the money order also
              If you are seeking more than one certification, then you will need to bring
              additional receipts for each additional certification.
  1. Provide the Certification Officer with one copy of an official transcript.
  2. Students seeking certification in another state should check with that state for
      requirements and certification areas available.
  (See section entitled, “INTERNSHIP.”)
CLASS HOUR LOAD:
      Students who wish to take more than 19 semester hours must secure written
      permission via an overload request form. Requests for exceptions will require
      written justification along with the following documentation and recommendation
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      of the advisor: (1) advising worksheet, (2) transcript, and (3) proposed schedule.
      No request in excess of 24 hours will be considered.
COURSE EQUVILENCIES: (This is a partial listing of the courses that may transfer.
Other substitutions may be made on a case-by-case basis.)
       AR 310: ECE 312 from the University of Alabama will substitute for this.
       BIO 101/103, BIO 102/104: BIOL 1030 from Motlow can be used for BIO
          101. BIOL 1110 and BIOL1120 can be used as a sequence or for either to
          count as BIO 102.
       EH 307: World Lit at Calhoun uses the same book and is equivalent to Major
          Authors at ASU.
       HPE 431: The only courses that may be substituted for HPE 431, Motor
          Development, would have to be courses taken at a four-year institution. PE
          109 and PE 361 from Jacksonville State University, HPE 2340 from Motlow,
          HPR 237 at Walker College, HED 221 at Wallace State Community College,
          HED 226 and PED 100 at Calhoun Community College, HED 226 from
          Northwest Shoals Community College, HED 226 at Northeast Community
          College, HE 222 from Bevil, UCFH 120 at Samford University, PED 200 from
          Snead State Community College, and PED 100 from Gadsden State
          Community College will transfer as a health and physical education activity
          course.
       Math (HQT): Math 311 at Athens State University, MTH 265 at Bevil State
          Community College, MA 119, MA 121, MA 143, and MA 145 from the
          University of Alabama in Huntsville, MATH 1710 and MATH 210 from Middle
          Tennessee State University, MAT 1410, MAT 1610, MAT 1130 from Motlow
          Community College, MATH 1420, MATH 1410, MATH 1530, and MATH 1710
          from Columbia State University, MTH 132 at Troy State University, MA 345,
          MA 112, and MA 147 at the University of North Alabama, MTH 265 at
          Northwest Community College, MTH 265 at Northeast Alabama Community
          College, MS 102, MS 133, and MS 134 from Jacksonville State University
          and MTH 265 from Snead State Community College will count as a higher-
          level math at ASU.
       PS 332: FCS 352 “Human Growth and Development” from Jacksonville State
          University will count as PS 332. ED 299 from the University of Alabama will
          substitute for this. Early Childhood majors should see their plan of study for
          specific information about this requirement.
       SE 301: ECY 300 from UAB will substitute for SE 301. EEX 340 from the
          University of Alabama will substitute for this.
       Speech: ENG 123 from Northwest may be used for a Speech class.
DEGREES OFFERED:
     Early Childhood Education
         Early Childhood Education P-3                                     BS. Ed.
     Elementary Education
         Elementary K-6                                                    BS. Ed.
     Health and Physical Education
         Physical Education P-12                                           BS. Ed.
         Health Education 6-12                                             BS. Ed.
     Licensure/Certification Track for High School
     (Secondary majors earn a Bachelor’s degree in their major from the College
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      of Arts and Sciences and obtain certification through the College of
      Education.)
         Biology                                                             B.S.
         Chemistry                                                           B.S.
         English/Language Arts                                               B.A.
         General Science                                                     B.S.
         History                                                             B.S.
         Mathematics                                                         B.S.
         Physics                                                             B.S.
         Social Science                                                      B.S.
      Special Education
         Collaborative Teacher K-6                                           BS. Ed.
         Collaborative Teacher 6-12                                          BS. Ed.

DEGREED STUDENTS:
     In order to meet the NCLB requirements, students who already have a college
     degree must meet all of the course requirements in the General Studies area, as
     well as those course requirements in the Professional Studies, and the Teaching
     Field sections of their plans of study.
E-MAILS:
     All e-mails should be sent from an Athens State University student e-mail
     account. Professors, instructors, and advisors will usually respond within a 48-
     hour period. If the professor, instructor, or advisor is taking longer, it is because
     he or she is securing the information for you.
     Students sending e-mails to professors or instructors:
             In the “Subject” box, the student should place his or her name, the course,
             and class days or times, for example “Student’s Name, EL 324,
             Wednesdays, 2:00.” This process will aid professors and instructors in
             locating the course section the student is taking.
     Students sending e-mails to advisors:
             In the “Subject” box, the student should place his or her name and student
             ID#. This process will aid professors and instructors with locating the
             student’s academic file.
ETHICS STATEMENT:
     All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. This
     includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information,
     misrepresentation, and abetting any of the above. Academic misconduct
     represents unethical behavior unbecoming to the teaching profession.
     Therefore, there is no tolerance for such behavior. Academic misconduct may
     result in a failing grade for this course.
     The State Department of Education and NCATE Standards require that all
     teacher candidates/students be assessed as to their "ability to prepare units,
     lesson plans, and other instructional materials" individually. A student must pass
     these Standards with at least a 70% rate of success, according to the Standards
     guidelines.
     Therefore, any sharing of answers by any means, prior to turning projects in to
     the instructor, on any individual assignment, is considered the same as sharing
     answers to final examination questions prior to turning the examination in to the
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     instructor. This is considered academic dishonesty and all students involved will
     be given the grade of “0” on the assignment and an “F” in the course for the
     semester. Other sanctions may apply.
EXPIRATION:
     Education courses must be taken over if they are older than 5 years.
FIELD EXPERIENCES:
    Students are required to enter on the online application the number of days
     required for each course.
    If the number of days exceeds 10, then the Field Experience Office will cap the
     days at 10 when the placement information is released.
    MAXIMUM NUMBER of required days for field experience per semester = 10
    EXCEPTIONS
         o Early Childhood majors will be capped at 8 days. Many early childhood
            courses require addition preschool observations. The additional preschool
            observations will be assigned by the individual early childhood professors.
         o Secondary majors will complete all assigned field experience days.
            There will NOT be a cap on the total number of days.
    ONLY COURSES THAT REQUIRE FIELD EXPERIENCE ARE LISTED
     BELOW.

  Course #                          Course Titles                          Required
                                                                               #
                                                                           of Days
   ED 301     Foundations of Education                                      3 days
   ED 302     Foundations of Educations                                     3 days
   ED 305     Technology and Media in Education                             3 days
   ED 312     Educating Teachers for Diversity                              3 days
   ED 322     Basic Principals of Teaching ELL ED.                          3 days
   ED 361      Measurement and Management                                   3 days
   EL 315     Teaching Kindergarten                                         3 days
   EL 320     Children’s Literature                                         3 days
   EL 321      Teaching Language Arts                                       3 days
   EL 324     Teaching Math in the Primary Grades                           3 days
   EL 351     Assessment Strategies for the Elementary Classroom            3 days
   EL 352     Management Strategies for the Elementary Classroom            3 days
   EL 413     Teaching Reading in the Intermediate Grades                   3 days
   EL 420     Teaching Science                                              3 days
   EL 423     Teaching Social Studies                                       3 days
   EL 424     Teaching Math in the Intermediate Grades                      3 days
   EL 484     Curriculum                                                    3 days
   SE 301     Introduction to Exceptional Learners                          3 days
   SE 315     Introduction to Cog./Health Disabilities                      3 days
   SE 325     Introduction to LD & ED                                       3 days
   SE 355     Alternative Instructional Strategies                          3 days
   SE 402     Assessment of Exceptional Learners                            3 days
   SE 415     Tr. Plan & Learn Strategies for Adolescents                   3 days
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   SE 435      Strategies Ind. W/ Severe Disabilities                        3 days
   SE 455      Language & Dev. Strat. For Young Children                     3 days
   ER 303      Professional Education Communication                          2 days
   ER 319      Literacy & Literature for the Young Child                     3 days
   ER 323      Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades                        3 days
   ER 326      Assessment in Early Childhood                                 1 day
   ER 327      Classroom Mgmt. in Early Childhood Ed.                        2 days
   ER 330      Children’s Construction of Relationships                      3 days
   ER 430      Investigation, Experimentation & Inquiry                      2 days
   ER 470      Early Childhood Curriculum                                    3 days
   SC 331      Issues and Management Secondary Education                     3 days
   SC 333      Teaching Writing and Reading in the Content Area              5 days
   SC 362      Assessment & Evaluation for Secondary Education               5 days
   BI 456      Materials and Methods of Teaching Biology in MS/HS            5 days
   CH 456      Materials and Methods of Teaching Chemistry in MS/HS          5 days
   EH 457      Materials and Methods of Teaching English/Language Arts       5 days
               MS/HS
   GS 456      Materials and Methods of Teaching Science in MS/HS            5 days
   HY 450      Materials and Methods of Teaching History in MS/HS            5 days
   MA 454      Materials and Methods of Teaching Math in MS/HS               5 days
    SS 450     Material and Methods of Teaching Social Science in MS/HS      5 days
   HPE 301     Theory of Coaching and Officiating                            3 days
   HPE 324     Analysis and Teaching of Team Sports                          3 days
                                                                             and 10
                                                                              hours
   HPE   325   Kinesiology                                                   2 days
   HPE   326   History and Principles of Physical Education                  3 days
   HPE   333   Care and Prevention                                           3 days
   HPE   350   Adaptive Physical Education                                   3 days
   HPE   355   Health Related Fitness and Nutrition                          2 days
   HPE   400   Organization and Administration                               4 days
   HPE   401   Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Education              4 days
   HPE   420   Teaching Health in the High School                            4 days
   HPE   430   Teaching Elementary Physical Education                        4 days
   HPE   440   Teaching High School Physical Education                       4 days
   HPE   465   Senior Research Project                                       4 days

      (See section entitled, “INTERNSHIP”.)
FIELD EXPERIENCES – DRESS CODE:
     Students must dress professionally in P-12 schools. This means that midrifts
     cannot show, pants must be around the waist and not hanging, and that students
     should wear what is expected for regular teachers in the school. If any student
     does not understand what should be worn to look professional, he or she should
     call the field experience office and/or talk with the school principal/cooperating
     teacher for guidance.
FINGERPRINTING:
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    All Athens State University education majors must be fingerprinted and cleared
    by ABI/FBI for the Department of Education during their first semester. It is a
    requirement for completion of ED301 courses.
    Alabama applicants MUST be registered online prior to arriving at a fingerprinting
    location. Currently only Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)
    applicants may use AAPS.
    Any student who has already been cleared for field experience with Alacourt still
    needs to be fingerprinted using Cogent Systems. It is no longer a requirement to
    go through Alacourt or to go to the local police station to have fingerprinting
    done. The Cogent method is the current requirement.
    Step 1: Choose an Option.
    Option 1: Online Registration – www.cogentid.com/AL or
    www.cogentid.com/alabama
           - DO NOT use www.cogentid.com/al.
           - Applicants are responsible for their own registration. Information
               incorrectly entered during registration and submitted during
               fingerprinting CANNOT be corrected and is the responsibility of the
               applicants. Changes to incorrect registration data MAY be corrected
               online or by telephone prior to fingerprint submission.
    Option 2: Telephone Registration – 866-989-9316
           - Cogent encourages ALL applicants to register online.
           - Applicants are responsible for their own registration. Information
               incorrectly entered during registration and submitted during
               fingerprinting CANNOT be corrected and is the responsibility of the
               applicants. Changes to incorrect registration data MAY be corrected
               online or by telephone prior to fingerprint submission.
    Option 3: Out-of-State Applicants/Paper Fingerprint Cards
           - Out-of-State applicants may submit a completed fingerprint card AND
               a money order or cashier’s check in the amount of $62.15 made out to
               Cogent Systems. Applicants MUST register ONLINE prior to mailing in
               fingerprint cards AND must include their REGISTRATION ID. Submit
               fingerprint cards to:
                   Cogent Systems
                   ALSDE Cards Scan
                   5450 Frantz Rd, Suite 250
                   Dublin, OH 43016
    STEP 2 PAYMENT
           - Applicants may pay online during registration using a debit or a credit
               card.
           - No cash, credit card, or business checks are accepted at the
               fingerprint locations.
           - Applicants may pay at the fingerprint site with a money order or a
               cashier’s check.
           - Payments must be made out to Cogent Systems.
           - Payment amount for ALSDE fingerprinting is $54.15.
    STEP 3 FINGERPRINTING
FOUNDATIONS:
    Students will take ED 301/302 “Foundations of Education I and II” and complete
    all course requirements with a grade of “C” or better before the TEP interview.
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      LiveText is purchased in ED 301. These two courses cannot be taken in the
      same semester.

      Beginning Summer 2008, students must complete a fingerprinting/ABI-FBI
      background review in ED 301. This will replace the Alacourt background review.
      (See sections entitled “Alacourt,” Background Review,” and “Foundations.”)
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES:
      Students beginning Fall 2004 or later must have all general education courses
      completed with a “C” or better before admission to the Teacher Education
      Program. This means that if they are taking general education courses in the
      spring, they cannot apply for TEP in the spring because their grades have not
      been reported.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA):
      There are many helpful websites that offer GPA calculators. Here is one:
      http://www.back2college.com/gpa.htm.
      A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0
      Divide total hours attempted into quality points.
For example, a student who has taken four 3-hour courses and has made 2 A’s, 1 B,
and 1 C and a one-hour course with an A would have a GPA of 3.31.
      3-hour course x 1 A = 3 x 4 = 12 quality points
      3-hour course x 1 A = 3 x 4 = 12 quality points
      3-hour course x 1 B = 3 x 3 = 9 quality points
      3-hour course x 1 C = 3 x 2 = 6 quality points
      1-hour course x 1 A = 1 x 4 = 4 quality points
             Hours attempted = 13
             Quality points = 43      (43 ÷ 13 = 3.30)
         (See section entitled, “RETAKING A COURSE”.)
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) MINIMUM:
      Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, as well as a 2.75 GPA in the
      Professional Studies courses. Early Childhood, Elementary, Collaborative K-6,
      Collaborative 6-12, and PE majors must have a 2.75 in the Teaching Field
      section of the Plan of Study. Secondary majors must have a 2.75 GPA in
      Professional Studies courses, a 2.5 GPA in the Teaching Field courses, and a
      2.5 cumulative GPA. Advisors will not figure hypothetical and “what if” GPA’s for
      students. The Certification Office will figure GPA’s from official transcripts and
      completed plans of study.
      (See section entitled, “GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)”.)
GRADUATION:
      Students should apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which
      they intend to graduate. A graduation application can be downloaded from the
      ASU website. If students are not planning to participate in the graduation
      ceremony, they still have to apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee in
      order to receive their diploma. (Some students do not apply because they are
      not walking in the graduation ceremony and do not realize they still have to
      "graduate".)
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER (HQT):
      The federal “No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB) states that all students will receive
      an education from highly qualified teachers. More information about HQT is
      available at: http://www.alsde.edu/html/HighlyQualified.asp. Grade 6
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      teachers in departmentalized classrooms DO NOT have to be highly qualified in
      the content area(s) they teach.
      (See section entitled, “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT (NCLB)”.)
HOURS:
      Graduation: In order to graduate, students must complete a minimum of 64
      hours of senior college credit of which at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level
      courses.
      Residency: It takes 33 hours to fulfill the residency requirement at ASU.
      Therefore, 33 of the last 39 semester hours of study must be completed at ASU.
HUMANITIES:
      Classifications: English, literature, speech, journalism, art, music, and drama.
      If out-of-state students have two literature classes that are not in sequence,
      these will be accepted.
      (See section entitled, “AREA II”.)
INTERNSHIP:
      Students should apply for internship one semester before the semester of
      internship. Students may only take one course with internship. This course must
      be approved by the advisor. The course cannot be a methods course unless it is
      specified on the plan of study as a course that can be taken with internship. If an
      elementary major (degreed and certified from ASU) comes back for an early
      childhood degree, this person will need to do 7 weeks of internship in K, if the
      elementary internship was completed in grades 2 and higher. If a secondary,
      health or physical education major (degreed and certified from ASU) comes back
      for an additional secondary certification, this person will need to do 7 weeks of
      internship in 6-12 in the new certification field.
      (See section entitled, “CERTIFICATION.”)
LIBERAL STUDIES DEGREE:
      Students must complete a “Change of Major Form”. After that their advisor will
      be Barry Devine (barry.devine@athens.edu).
LITERATURE:
   Category listings for Language Arts majors:
    EH 304 – Southern Literature (American)
    EH 307 – Major Authors I (World)
    EH 308 – Major Authors II (World)
    EH 314 – Nineteenth Century Studies (English)
    EH 316 – American Masterpieces (American)
    EH 325 – Myth, Ritual, and Culture (not for World, American, or English)
    EH 413 – Composition for Teachers (not for World, American, or English)
    EH 416 – Interpreting the Text (not for World, American, or English)
    EH 430 – Literature: The Healing Art (not for World, American, or English)
    EH 440 – African-American Studies (American)
    EH 443 – Special Topics: Major Authors (World)
    EH 450 – Renaissance Literature (English)
    EH 452 – Chaucer & Medieval Literature (English)
LIVETEXT:
   Students should purchase LiveText www.livetext.com in the bookstore or online. If
   they get it online, they should get the $98 version rather than the $128 version. (The
   more expensive version has the Learn360® multimedia library. However, students
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  can get access to videos through Discovery.) Students will register for LiveText
  when they first use it. This does not mean they will pay again. Assignments and
  College of Education documents will be shared and assessed through LiveText.
MATHEMATICS:
   Classifications: Mathematics includes: mathematics, algebra, trigonometry,
     calculus, geometry, statistics (with a math prefix)
   Pre-Calculus Algebra or higher classes are:
             MA 110 Finite Mathematics
             MA 112 Pre-Calculus Algebra
             MA 115 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
             MA 125 Calculus I
             MA 126 Calculus II
             MA 227 Calculus III
             MA 237 Linear Algebra
             MA 238 Applied Differential Equations
             MA 261 Elementary Statistics
             MA 311 Advanced Math for Teachers (ASU)
             MTH 231 Math for Elementary Teachers I (Northeast)
             MTH 232 Math for Elementary Teachers II (Northeast)
             MS 102 College Algebra (Jacksonville State)
             MS 133 Mathematical Concepts I (Jacksonville State)
             MS 134 Mathematical Concepts II (Jacksonville State)
             MAT 1410 College Algebra (Motlow)
             MTH 1710 College Algebra (Columbia State)
             MTH 1420 Concepts of Geometry (Columbia State)
             MA 145 Mathematics with Applications II (U.A.H.)
   Business Statistics cannot be used as a math.
   MTH 116 cannot be used as a higher math.
          Requirements: 2 maths (pre-cal or higher) and 2 maths (100 or higher)
     MA 311 can be taken at ASU as the fourth (upper level) math class. (Elementary
     Education, Early Childhood Education, Collaborative Education)
     (See sections entitled, “AREA III” and “AREA V”.)
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT (NCLB):
     (The following information does NOT apply to secondary majors.) Everyone
     graduating after June 30, 2005, has to meet the new Alabama State Department
     of Education and No Child Left Behind standards that include having the 4 x 12.
     (12 hours Math, 12 hours Social Sciences, 12 hours Natural Sciences, and 12
     hours English/Language Arts). Every graduate must take and pass the Praxis II
     Content Knowledge test in his or her area. In order to receive certification, there
     can be no exceptions to this requirement. This will satisfy the requirement for the
     State Department and No Child Left Behind.
     (See sections entitled, “HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER (HQT),” and “PRAXIS
     II: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE.”)
NONDISCRIMINATION:
     Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color,
     religion, national origin, disability, or age in its educational programs, activities,
     admissions or employment policies as required by Title IX of Education
     Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sections
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     503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Executive Order 11246 and all its
     amendments, and Executive Order 83-64.
OUTCOMES STATEMENT:
     Candidates should acquire the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a
     diverse student population through pedagogy guided by assessment and the use
     of infused technology. Critical to and subsumed in the outcomes of all programs
     are the threads of diversity, assessment, and technology.
     Upon completion of a professional program in the College of Education at Athens
     State University, the candidates may be characterized as
             1.     effective communicators,
             2.     knowledgeable scholars,
             3.     positive, supportive professionals,
             4.     resourceful curriculum planners,
             5.     skilled facilitators of developmental growth,
             6.     student-centered, reflective instructors,
             7.     capable classroom managers,
             8.     competent evaluators, and
             9.     lifelong learners.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
     Physical Education includes physical education and health courses. Students
     who cannot participate in an activity-based physical education class can ask
     permission for an alternative with a doctor’s excuse.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE:
     Physical Science I & II are taught in different disciplines in the junior colleges.
     Therefore, it will no longer be necessary for students to bring transcripts showing
     that the course was taught in different disciplines.
     (See section entitled, “AREA V”.)
PLAN OF STUDY:
     Students have 5 years from the time they take their first course at Athens State
     University to complete their program. After this time, they will be moved to the
     requirements of the new catalog. If a student’s grade on a plan of study in the
     College of Education is over 5 years old, this course must be retaken.
PORTFOLIO:
     Portfolio requirements can be found at
     http://www.athens.edu/college_edu/Portfolio.php.
     The TEP portfolio must be on LiveText with the following minimum requirements.
     The students must decide under which section their documents best belong. For
     each section of the portfolio, where artifacts are placed, students must provide a
     narrative to explain why they selected the artifact for that section. In other words,
     why are these artifacts evidence for the outcomes? The portfolio will be shared
     on LiveText with the members of the interview panel at least two weeks in
     advance of the interview.
     Minimum Requirements:
         1. Resume
         2. Philosophy
         3. Lesson Plan
         4. Article critique(s)
         5. Field experience narrative(s) (reflection).
         6. A document to show an understanding of diversity.
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         7. A lesson plan, project, or assignment from a content area to reflect
             knowledge of content in the student’s major.
         8. Items in at least 5 sections.
     (See section entitled, “TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM (TEP)”.)
POST EXAM:
     Beginning with Fall 2008 Interns, the Athens State University Post Exam should
     be taken when the student registers for the actual internship course for the
     semester for which the internship will be done. Students will be notified before
     their internships begin about the timeframe and details for taking the Post Exam
     online. (The pretest for this examination is given during the ED 301 Foundations
     course.)
     (See section entitled, “PRAXIS II (PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING AND
     LEARNING”.)
PRAXIS II (Content Knowledge):
     As of January 1, 2009, all students must pass the Praxis II Content examination
     prior to student teaching, as well as pass the University POST EXAM. Also,
     students must pass the ALABAMA PROSPECTIVE TEACHER TEST (APTT)
     prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students who will student
     teach in the spring 2009 semester must have passed all exams before
     INTERNSHIP. In other words, they must have passed the tests before the spring
     semester begins and have the score in our certification office, on record, and in
     Banner.

      The student’s score for the PRAXIS II Content Knowledge test is sent to the
      student in an e-mail which should be downloaded and saved. The Certification
      Office at Athens State University receives the scores electronically, and does not
      maintain a paper copy of those test results.

      The members of the State Board of Education voted on April 14, 2005, to add the
      content tests of the PRAXIS II as a prerequisite to receiving an Alabama teaching
      certificate. All students completing any education program are required to take
      and pass the examination. (Collaborative K-6 majors take the Elementary
      Education content knowledge test. Collaborative 6-12 majors do not take any
      content knowledge test at the present time.) Students who have applied to do
      internship must take the Praxis II. Any student who does not achieve a passing
      score will be notified and must present a passing score before certification
      papers are submitted. The contact information is 1-800-772-9476 or
      www.ets.org/praxis. Students must send their scores to the Alabama State
      Department of Education, code # 7020 and Athens State University, code
      #A1024.
       “RESOLUTION TO ADOPT PRAXIS II CUT SCORES AS A CONDITION
                             FOR INITIAL CERTIFICATION”
                                   Action Item # G.2.h
                            Alabama State Board of Education
                                    October 12, 2006
              WHEREAS, the Second Amended Consent Decree in Allen v. State Board
      of Education was approved on December 14, 2004, to allow the Department to
      implement subject-matter testing for certification purposes; and
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               WHEREAS, validation studies have been conducted on the 30 Praxis II
       tests originally used for documenting highly qualified teacher status in
       accordance with the terms of the Second Amended Consent Decree; and
               WHEREAS, provisional cut scores for initial certification were adopted by
       the Alabama State Board of Education on February 9, 2006; and
               WHEREAS, additional psychometric procedures have been conducted
       since February 9, 2006, in accordance with recommendations from the Testing
       Advisory Committee and the court-appointed Monitoring Committee; and
               WHEREAS, the Monitoring Committee has fulfilled its responsibilities as
       prescribed in the Second Amended Consent Decree and has advised the State
       Superintendent of Education of its approval of the proposed cut scores:
               NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board
       of Education adopts the attached Praxis II cut scores as a condition for initial
       certification, retroactive to April 14, 2006, for tests for which a lower score is
       recommended, and effective immediately for individuals who complete
       preparation programs and apply for Alabama certification on or after June 1,
       2007, in a subject for which a higher score is recommended.

       Teachers should refer to the following Praxis II Test Alignment Chart to determine
       which of the above tests will satisfy the requirements for documenting highly
       qualified status pursuant to the Revised Version of The Alabama Model for
       Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers. Please note that a teacher who wishes to
       voluntarily take one of the above tests to document that he or she is highly qualified
       must attain at least the minimum required score shown below. (6/1/07)

                                                                         MINIMUM SCORES
TEST
                               NAME OF TEST                              REQUIRED AS OF
CODE
                                                                              6/1/07
0014    Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Elementary)                    137
        English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content
0041                                                                           151
        Knowledge (Grades 6-12 English/Language Arts)
0049    Middle School English Language Arts                                    148
0061    Mathematics: Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12 Mathematics)               126
0069    Middle School Mathematics                                              149
0070    Chemistry, Physics, and General Science                                560
0081    Social Studies: Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12 Social Studies)         153
0089    Middle School Social Studies                                           149
0113    Music: Content Knowledge                                               150
0133    Art: Content Knowledge                                                 150
0146    Middle School: Content Knowledge                                       141
0173    French: Content Knowledge                                              148
0181    German: Content Knowledge                                              142
0191    Spanish: Content Knowledge                                             147
0220    Speech Communication                                                   580
0235    Biology: Content Knowledge                                             143
0245    Chemistry: Content Knowledge                                           150
0265    Physics: Content Knowledge                                             138
0300    Reading Specialist                                                     530
0390    Psychology                                                             550
0435    General Science: Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12 Science)               147
0439    Middle School Science                                                  142
0571    Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge                            150
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 0600   Latin                                                             590
 0640   Theatre                                                           510
 0910   Economics                                                         520
 0920   Geography                                                         560
 0930   Government/Political Science                                      570
 0941   World and U. S. History: Content Knowledge                        143
 0950   Sociology                                                         550

PRETEST:
     The pre test must be taken when students take ED 301 since this is one of the
     required items that must be on record for students to receive a passing grade in
     ED 301.
PRAXIS II (Principles of Learning and Teaching):
     Please see section entitled POST EXAM. The Praxis II PLT was previously a
     required test for interns. However, the Athens State University Post Exam has
     taken its place.
PRIVACY:
     The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) is a
     federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law
     applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S.
     Department of Education. Anyone who handles student records should become
     familiar with the act’s regulations and know what directory information can be
     released to parties who are not university employees. According to the Act,
     FERPA allows schools to disclose those records without consent to the following
     parties or under the following conditions:
     1. school officials with legitimate educational interest;
     2. other schools to which a student is transferring;
     3. specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
     4. appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
     5. organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
     6. accrediting organizations;
     7. to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
     8. appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
     9. state and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to
         specific state law.
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PROFESSIONAL DISPOSITIONS:
     Evidence of professional dispositions is part of course evaluations. The
     assessment is a measure of a candidate’s professional dispositions as assessed
     by instructors, cooperating teachers, and intern supervisors based on
     observations in classroom activities, field experience assignments, and/or group
     projects. A rating of Acceptable or better in all areas is desired. If a candidate
     receives on Unacceptable rating on any disposition, the faculty member will print
     the rating form and forward it to the chair of the department. If there are two or
     more Unacceptable ratings on any dispositions, the Chair will forward the forms
     to the Dean of the College for review. A physical copy of the assessment rubric
     ratings and comments will be placed into the candidate’s file. In the event two or
     more such instances are referred to the Dean’s office or if deficiencies are
     deemed severe, the candidate’s case may be referred to the Professional
     Review Board.
     PROFESSIONAL DISPOSITIONS STATEMENT: Dispositions reflect the values,
     commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students,
     families, colleagues, and communities. Dispositions are guided by beliefs and
     attitudes that affect student learning, motivation, and the candidate’s own
     professional growth.
     Throughout a professional program exemplary candidates for the teaching
     profession should:
             1.     participate in positive interactions,
             2.     show respect for self and others,
             3.     assume responsibility,
             4.     exhibit interest in the learner and the learning process,
             5.     exhibit stewardship of diversity,
             6.     advocate use of technology,
             7.     exhibits fairness and the belief that all students can learn.
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES:
     No more than 5 courses in the professional education requirements may be
     completed before admittance to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).
READING:
     Students with a highly qualified elementary education certificate in the State of
     Alabama are also qualified to teaching reading in the 7th through 12th grades.
RETAKING A COURSE:
     General Education Courses: The last grade that a student makes is the one
     that is reported on the transcript, even if it is lower than a previous grade.
     (See section entitled, “GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)”.)
SCIENCE:
     Classifications:
              Physical: physical science, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology,
                GS environmental (Earth Science if ES prefix), physical geography
              Biological: biology, botany, zoology
         (See sections entitled, “AREA III” and “AREA V”.)
SEMESTER HOUR CONVERSION:
      Semester to quarter hours: multiply by 1.5
             Examples: 3 semester hours = 4.5 quarter hours
                            1 semester hour = 1.5 quarter hours
                            4 semester hours = 6 quarter hours
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         Quarter to semester hours: divide by 1.5
             Examples: 5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONAL REQUEST (SIR):
    SIR classes are only for students who want to take general education classes at
      Calhoun Community College.
    The student must be deficient in one of these courses: Written Composition,
      Accounting, History, Economics, Science, or Mathematics.
    No SIR courses may be taken during the last semester.
    SIR courses are paid along with ASU tuition.
    The student must be enrolled in at least the same number of courses at ASU (or
      more) as the number taken as SIR courses.
    The student may not register for telecourses or distance learning courses with
      the S.I.R. agreement.
    Courses taken under the SIR agreement do not constitute upper-division course
      work. (secondary majors)
   (See section entitled, “TRANSIENT.”)
STARS – Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System:
      STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS
      is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for
      prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama. The STARS System
      http://stars.troy.edu/stars/advising.htm allows public two-year students in
      Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This
      guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two
      years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the
      appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer
      guides/agreements can only be printed for two-year to four-year transfers, the
      STARS system can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who
      have a different transfer situation.
      (See section entitled, “ARTICULATION.”)
TB SKIN TEST (or negative chest x-ray):
    Expiration: It is good for 3 years. When it expires, and before the ASU student
      graduates, he or she needs to submit an updated test result.
    Fee: Some doctors and health departments give the TB skin test free of charge
      for education students. Otherwise, it just costs a few dollars.
    Results: It takes 3 days to get the results.
    Pregnancy: If students are pregnant and cannot take the TB skin test, they may
      put a written note of this in their file and take the TB skin test afterward.
    Carriers: A person can be a TB carrier, but not be contagious. He or she must
      have a chest x-ray with a negative reflection.
TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM (TEP):
      Admittance Requirements:
      1. Present documentation of having passed the Alabama Prospective Teacher
          Test (APTT). There are no prerequisites for this test.
      2. Complete ED 301 with a grade of “C” or better and be enrolled in ED 302 (or
          have previously taken ED 300). These courses must be taken at Athens
          State University. No substitutions are allowed. All students in ED301 will be
          required to be fingerprinted and complete an ABI/FBI background check.
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3. Achieve a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (must have two courses in the
    Professional Education section and two courses in the Teaching Field
    section) in each of the following prior to requesting the TEP interview:
    Professional Education, Teaching Field, and 2.5 overall education. All
    general education courses must be completed before admission to the TEP
    and transcripts must be available prior to requesting the TEP interview.
    Students must receive a grade of A, B, or C in all general education courses
    that are used to meet Certification Program requirements. Students must
    have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
4. Submit documentation of a current, negative chest x-ray or tuberculosis skin
    test and have documentation available in the candidate’s file.
5. Submit an online TEP application through ASU Online when all requirements
    for admission are complete.
6. Present and receive a passing score on the required electronic LiveText
    portfolio.
7. Receive documentation from a panel of faculty members who review the
    applicant’s personal traits, experiences, interests, and aptitudes as they relate
    to the requirements of successful teaching and recommend the candidate to
    the College of Education faculty for approval. This assessment occurs at the
    TEP interview after the applicant has presented documentation of all of the
    requirements for admission.
8. Receive the approval of the faculty of the College of Education.
9. An average of “C” or better in English Composition and a grade of “C” or
    better in introductory or fundamental speech.
10. Completed Professional Dispositions must be satisfactory.
11. All transcripts must be on file at Athens State University and all grades
    transcripted.
Retention:
1. A student may be dropped from the TEP for failure to maintain the standards
    of performance required for admission to the program. The student will be
    supervised and evaluated in an effort to eliminate his or her deficiencies.
    Students who are dropped from TEP must reapply for admission to TEP, be
    re-interviewed, and be accepted back into TEP before they will be allowed to
    register for courses that require TEP status.
2. Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale as a cumulative GPA.
    All majors except secondary must maintain a 2.75 GPA in each of the
    following areas of the Plan of Study: Professional Education and Teaching
    Field.
3. Courses in which a grade of a “D” or an “F” is made must be repeated.
4. A Professional Review Board composed of education faculty members meets
    periodically to review unsatisfactory performance and progress of students
    referred by faculty members. Recommendations are determined by
    consensus.
5. A student must maintain validation of a negative chest x-ray or tuberculosis
    skin test. This is to be updated every three years and kept on file in the
    Certification Office.
Completion:
In addition to the specified courses in each approved program, the student must
meet the following requirements:
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     1. Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale as a cumulative GPA.
          All majors except secondary must maintain a 2.75 GPA in each of the
          following areas of the Plan of Study: Professional Education and Teaching
          Field.
     2. Courses in which a grade of a “D” or an “F” is made must be repeated.
     3. Complete the Teacher Education Program within five years from the date of
          admission, or move up to the new program of study.
     4. Earn a passing score on the Praxis II covering the content of the teaching
          field(s) and professional education. All students completing any education
          program are required to take and pass the examination. Students who have
          applied to do internship must take the Praxis II. Any student who does not
          achieve a passing score on the Praxis II will be notified and must present a
          passing score before certification papers are submitted.
     5. Receive an acceptable rating on the required electronic LiveText portfolio for
          each assessment checkpoint. The portfolio will reflect evolving professional
          growth from the start to the completion of the program.
TRANSFER CREDIT:
     Courses that require admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are not
     accepted as transfer credit (no exceptions). All transfer credit must be from a
     regionally accredited institution. The last 33 hours of credit should be taken at
     ASU in order to graduate. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum
     of 24 semester hours in the professional and teaching field sections in addition to
     an internship at ASU. Transfer students must take ED 301 and ED 302 at ASU.
     Junior college courses are only accepted in the General Studies area of the Plan
     of Study. Grades of “D” or below will not be accepted. Admission standards
     require that the student must have completed at least 64 semester hours of
     college course work or hold a two-year associate's degree to enroll. The
     application will require course transcripts and a small non-refundable application
     fee.
TRANSIENT:
     Athens State University students must get their advisor to sign a Transient Form
     if they wish to take courses at another institution. The student must list all the
     courses he or she plans to take at the other university, as well as those to be
     taken at ASU. When these courses are added together, it should not result in an
     academic overload. This process is not necessary during the first semester at
     Athens State University.
     (See section entitled, “CLASS HOUR LOAD.”)
     (See section entitled, “SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONAL REQUEST (SIR).”)
WEATHER POLICY:
     The procedure for students and employees finding out if Athens State University
     is closed due to weather is to access local media via television or Internet. If the
     university is open, but your local school or road is closed, you are not required to
     come to campus for that class meeting. Provide a written explanation to your
     professor, if he or she requests it.
WITHDRAWAL:
     See the catalog for the University policy. See catalog for University policy. If you
     withdraw, written notification of withdrawal is required. Withdrawal may be made:
     1) in person, (2) by mail, (3) by fax, or (4) by sending an email to
     drop.admissions@athens.edu . Please be sure that you carbon copy your
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instructor’s email address in the “cc” box. NOTE: The last day to withdraw is
printed in the schedule. No withdrawals will be processed after this date.
(See section entitled, “RETAKING A COURSE.”)

				
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