OPS has prepared several charts to help you identify which assessments are required, what the qualifying scores are for Virginia, and when the score reports should be submitted to OPS for grading in Canvas.
Consult the Testing Timeline.
Yes, but only for Practicum II in school divisions with which OPS has a signed Memorandum of Understanding and only if faculty sponsors exist for the international experience. Available options will be announced at the required Orientation for Practicum.
Generally, every placement has its own Orientation meeting to make sure that you and OPS are on the same page. You will also have an opportunty to meet with your assigned University Supervisor prior to the start of the field or clinical experience placement. Important dates are listed on the OPS website. Failure to attend required meetings/sessions can adversely affect your grade and/or result in cancellation of placement.
Your overall and major GPA must be 2.5 or higher. The system does not round your GPA, so if you have between a 2.45-2.49, you still remain unqualified for admission to the Teacher Prep Program or Student Teaching.
Yes, you will still need to attend the orientation pertaining to this year's offering (be it Practicum or Student Teaching). Information, including some requirements, change from year to year or even from one semester to the next. In order for us to guarantee that you got the correct information firsthand, we require attendance at the orientation event. Some information may be a repeat of what you heard before, but it is a good reinforcement too. Too much knowledge never hurt anyone!
You should schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of OPS to determine a new plan of action if the deadline had to do with Teacher Prep or placements. OPS cannot make exceptions to deadlines since school divisions count on us to be prompt and accurate with our requests for placements. You will need to work with your advisor to revise your course plan if applicable. Remember, lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for OPS. Plan ahead. Ask OPS questions-even if you think you know the answers. Check with OPS to confirm all requirements are met before it is too late for you to take corrective action if needed.
Most everything you need to know as an undergraduate is located here, but the student teaching information is located here within the OPS website and explained at the applicable Orientation for any given semester/year.
Most everything you need to know as an graduate student is located here, but the student teaching specific information is located here within the OPS website and explained at the applicable Orientation for any given semester/year.
Request faculty recommendations by the applicable deadline (February 1 for fall student teaching or September 1 for spring student teaching (after consulting program requirements for student teaching recommendations. You can track faculty submissions in the same section of MyLongwood. Detailed directions are provided on the OPS website.
Not if they are in your immediate family. Teacher candidates must notify OPS if they are assigned to a school where a family member attends or is employed. The placement may be cancelled or you may be assigned an "Incomplete." Failure to report this conflict is also a violation of the Longwood University Honor Code and may result in additional disciplinary action. Teacher candidates list schools they attended or have family attending or working on the comments portion of the placement application in MyLongwood.
OPS will email you the placement notification. Some take longer than others to arrange so please be patient if you do not receive an email notification when some of your classmates/peers are getting theirs. Also, make sure emails from OPS are not going to your junk mail or spam folder by mistake.