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Department of Education, Special
Education, Social Work, and
Communication Disorders
  

Frank J. Howe, Chair
Patsy Scruggs, Secretary
Darlene Smith, Secretary 

The Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders offers:

1.

A 40-credit undergraduate program in elementary education (N, K-6) Liberal Studies is the required major for students who also register for the elementary education program.

2.

A 40-credit undergraduate program in middle school education (6-8) Liberal Studies is the required major for students who also register for the middle school education program. Additional discipline specific courses are also required (see Elementary and Middle School Education Program)

3.

A five-year program in special education with licensure in learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and mild-moderate mental retardation K-12. Students must major in Liberal Studies and register for courses in the special education program. Students completing the undergraduate program will receive a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and upon the completion of the fifth year will receive a master's degree in special education. Students must complete the fifth year to be endorsed to teach special education.

4.

 A B.S. or B.A. degree in Social Work.

5.

A B.S. or B.A. degree in Communication Disorders. Because this is a preprofessional program, students must earn a master's degree in speech pathology or audiology or education of the deaf/hearing impaired to be licensed as a speech pathologist or audiologist or teacher of the deaf/hearing impaired.

6.

A Master of Science in Education degree: Students interested in enrolling in one of the graduate programs need to consult the Longwood College Graduate Catalog.  

Admission to Teacher Preparation 

Applications for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program are available from the Office of the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Services (Hull Building - telephone: extension 2331).
     Students must complete an application for entry into the Teacher Preparation Program. Application and supporting materials must be on file in the Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders by 5:00 P.M. the last day of classes at the end of the first semester of the sophomore year. Students transferring with at least junior status must complete the application by the end of the fourth week in their second semester at Longwood. Matriculated students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, for whom Education is not the declared program of study but who wish to enter the Teacher Preparation Program, must schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Teaching to determine the deadline for application based upon their individual circumstances. 

Deadlines 

Specific deadlines regarding the application process are available from the Office of the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Services (256 Hull Building - telephone: extension 2331). 

Requirements for admission to Teacher Preparation  are: 

1.

Completed application.

2.

Student Evaluation Checklist completed for the student by course instructors in EDUC 245 and EDUC 260, or PHED 280 and PHED 380, or SPED 202 and SPED 220, or in EDUC 245 and discipline-based introduction to teaching course. Two evaluations will be completed on each student and submitted directly to the chair of the department at the time final grades for these courses are submitted to the Office of Registration. Copies of these evaluations are made available to the student from the course instructor upon request.

3.

Record of successful completion of Praxis I.

4.

Minimum grade of “C” in all EDUC, SPED, PHED, or discipline-based professional courses. At least two such courses must be completed.

5.

Demonstration of competency in written and oral English. All students must earn no less than a “C” in English 100 and English 101.

6.

Overall grade point average of 2.50. 

     Transfer students must apply for admission to Teacher Preparation by the third week of their second semester at Longwood College. All criteria listed above apply to transfer students with the exception that the Student Evaluation Checklist may be completed for only one course, dependent on the student’s schedule during the first semester at Longwood College.
     Licensure only students must apply for admission to Teacher Preparation and must be accepted by the end of their first semester of professional course work at Longwood College. Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Students who received their baccalaureate degree within three years prior to making application to the Teacher Preparation program must meet criteria 1, 3, 5, and 6. Students who received their baccalaureate degree over three or more years prior to making application to the Teacher Preparation program must meet criteria 1 and 3. Two letters of recommendation from a licensed teacher or school administrator or from a previous college level instructor are also required of any Licensure Only student. 

Admission to Student Teaching 

Applications for admission to Student Teaching are available from the Office of the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Services (Hull Building - telephone: 2331).
     Students must complete an application to Student Teaching and make an appointment for an interview with the Coordinator two semesters prior to the Professional Semester. 

Deadlines 

Specific deadlines regarding the application process are available from the Office of the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Services (256 Hull Building - telephone: 2331). 

Requirements for admission to Student Teaching are: 

1.

Prior admission to Teacher Preparation Program.

2.

Completed application.

3.

Overall grade point average of at least 2.50.

4.

Major grade point average of at least 2.50.

5.

Recommendation by professors in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Department, or by professors in the student’s major department and in the Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders department. The Coordinator is responsible for obtaining these recommendations.

6.

Demonstration of the physical and mental health necessary for the tasks associated with the teaching profession. Individuals who give evidence of a disability must demonstrate compensatory or supporting skills.

7.

Evidence of the satisfactory completion of a broad background in general education.

8.

Demonstration of adequate preparation in professional courses (EDUC, PHED, SPED, professional courses in the student’s major) with a minimum grade of C in each course and overall grade point average in professional courses of at least 2.75. 

A student denied admission into the Teacher Preparation Program or the Professional Semester may reapply when the acceptance criteria are met. 

Praxis: 

All prospective teachers seeking initial licensure in Virginia are required to take and submit passing scores on the PRAXIS. Information concerning the PRAXIS is available in the Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders. PRAXIS scores must be sent to the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Field Services before a recommendation for licensure can be transmitted to the Virginia State Department of Education.
Longwood will recommend a student for a Virginia teaching license if: 

1.

A passing score is reported in all relevant portions of Praxis I & II

2.

The grade in student teaching is A, B, or C

3.

The overall grade point average is at least 2.50, and

4.

The grade point average for the professional semester is at least 2.75 

The Teacher Preparation Program at Longwood now requires passing scores on Praxis I for admission to Teacher Preparation. This insures that beginning with the class of 2002 the passing rate for program completers will be 100%.

EDUCATION PROGRAM 

Faculty
Lee Banton, Ed.D., Professor
Barbara Chesler, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Carolyn  Cooper, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Deborah Frazier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Carolyn Gabb, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Frank Howe, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor
Stephen Keith, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Luther Kirk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Marilyn Osborn, Ed.S.,
Assistant Professor
William Owings, Ed.D., Associate Professor
James Riley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Betty Jo Simmons, Ed.D., Professor 

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