The goals of Education are to recruit and retain talented teacher candidates dedicated to becoming certified, highly qualified educators in urban environments and to continuously integrate state and national teacher educator standards into the program design, learning outcomes and assessment.  Please note that the Physical Education program will be converted to Health & Wellness for fall 2012.

Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood through Sixth Grade): The EC-6 Teacher Certification program at Paul Quinn gives Quinnites the opportunity to "Live a life that matters." Early Childhood Education is a wonderful way for students to help develop the next generation of learners and leaders. The program helps students build the necessary skills to become highly effective teachers in a demanding educational system. Students accepted to this program complete a Bachelor of Science then continue teacher preparation courses as post baccalaureate students. Students take the state-wide certification exam after completing the required teacher education courses, a student teaching internship, meeting the mandated basic skills test scores and attaining the minimum grade point average.

Current Admissions Standards: Once admitted as a Paul Quinn College student and at least 45 hours of the CORE curriculum has been completed, potential teacher candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education program.

First and second year students, as well as transfer students are encouraged to make an appointment with an advisor in the Teacher Education division early to ensure appropriate courses and requirements are met.

1. Submit typed Teacher Education Application

2. Request ALL official undergraduate transcripts be mailed directly to the Teacher Education department

3. Submit passing THEA or ACCUPLACER scores (students are encouraged to test prior to the first semester, no later than end of freshman year)

4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

5. Complete interview with program faculty and/or chair*

6. Submit writing sample on your philosophy of Education*

7. Cleared background check through F.A.S.T. - Fingerprint Applicant Service of Texas

* Interview and writing sample are assessed to determine acceptance in to the program

Post-Baccalaureate Program: The post-baccalaureate program is designed for adults who already have completed a bachelor’s degree (or higher) who wish to enter teaching. The program provides undergraduate coursework to prepare future teachers for the TExES Certification Exam.  Post-baccalaureate students enroll and complete courses with undergraduate students in teacher education.

The Paul Quinn College post-baccalaureate program for EC-6 Teacher Certification is accepting applications from teacher candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree within the last 3 years and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. The completed degree should include a broad range of course work in English, Math, Science and Social Science. If the needed hours are not completed, we can review your transcript and identify the specific courses you need to take in order to be eligible to apply for the PQC post-baccalaureate program. The courses you need may be available at PQC, or you may take them at another institution. An official transcript of the courses would be reviewed to ensure the minimum courses have been completed.

If you completed your undergraduate degree more than three years ago, you would be required to retake certain courses in order to update your content knowledge. 

Please keep in mind the post-baccalaureate program is designed for future teachers who are ready to take and pass the content portion of the TExES Certification exam, who need assistance preparing for the PPR portion of the exam and who need to complete a student teaching internship. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the post-baccalaureate program will only be open to applicants who have selected EC-6 certification. Additional certification options will be added in future semesters. If you have not yet applied to Paul Quinn College to be considered for the post-baccalaureate program, please visit the admissions page to begin the application process. Once accepted as a PQC student, the post-baccalaureate program application will be available to you. A new cohort of post-baccalaureate students will begin courses in January 2013. Post-baccalaureate applicants are eligible to join TExES study groups for the content exam during the fall 2012 semester.

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Program Learning Outcomes for Early Childhood through Sixth Grade (EC-6)

  1. Demonstrate content area knowledge with appropriate grade level considerations
  2. Evaluate the needs of students to determine the appropriate teaching strategy
  3. Identify and interpret the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the appropriate competency domains
  4. Demonstrate appropriate uses of technology in instructional delivery
  5. Explain the role of assessment in effective teaching and learning
  6. Evaluate the teacher’s role in society as a school and community leader

Courses for Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6)
In addition to the core curriculum, students seeking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6) will need to complete the following courses:

  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry I
  • Computer Applications
  • Preparation for State Exam, PPR
  • Preparation for State Exam, Content
  • Instructional Strategies I
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Technology in Teaching
  • Instructional Strategies II
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Instructional Strategies III
  • Assessment in Learning
  • Classroom Management
  • Children’s Literature
  • Student Teaching, Elementary
  • Advanced Grammar
  • World Geography
  • American Government II
  • Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • Physical Science I
  • General Physics I
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Reading in the Elementary School
  • Exceptional Learner

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