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Educator Preparation Program

Elementary Education

Elementary Education Major and K-6 Licensing Certification

The Hanover College Elementary Education Program is nationally accredited by NCATE and is Indiana Department of Education and SPA approved. The program is based on three Decision Points. These are:

Decision Point 1 - Application and Admission to the Program

Application can be made as soon as the student meets all application requirements.

  • Successful completion of EDU 221
  • GPA of 2.67 or higher
  • Minimum scores on SAT/ACT (see Applying Tab at left)
  • Online Application via My Hanover which includes an essay (written as an assignment in EDU 221) and two recommendations by Hanover College course instructors from previous courses)
  • Interview by members of the Teacher Education Committee of the Faculty (TEC)

Decision Point 2 - Readiness for a Student Teaching Assignment

Teacher Candidates must meet all requirements to proceed to a 14 week student teaching assignment.

  • Declaration of Elementary Education Major and a content area minor or Mild Interventions Dual Certification Program
  • GPA of 3.0 in the content area major
  • Completion of all "Methods" courses (EDU 302, 303, 304, 305, 340)
  • Interview by the Education faculty members to ascertain pedagogy knowledge and professional portfolio documentation

Decision Point 3 - Certification for Teacher Licensing

 Teacher Candidates must meet all teacher certification requirements.

  • Successful Final Evaluation of Student Teaching by Clinical Educator Mentor and Hanover College Clinical Supervisor
  • Suicide Prevention Training Certification by SPTS University
  • Hands-on CPR/AED Certification by American Red Cross or American Heart Associatio
  • Interview and presentation to the Education Program and other College faculty, peers, and Education stakeholders

Upon awarding of the Bachelor degree and passing of state-required licensure exams (CORE) in both content area and pedagogy, program completers are eligible to apply for a profession teaching license. The Hanover College Educator Preparation Program is designed to meet the standards set forth by Indiana. It is best to obtain the Indiana license and then apply for other states' licensing by reciprocity.

Teacher Candidates in Elementary Education may complete a dual-certification program in Special Education (Mild Interventions) which includes five additional courses offered in evenings and online in summer. The student teaching assignment will be split between and regular classroom and a special education classroom. There is an additional CORE exam required for the licensing addition.

Hanover College requires the declaration of a major by February of the sophomore year, and students may not declare an Elementary Education major until they have formal Program admission (Decision Point 1).  A minor is required for all EE majors with the exception of those completing Mild Interventions Dual Program, and must complete a Competency exam, which is required of all majors at Hanover College.                                                                                                                                                                                                                ,

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