Requirements

Students must make formal application into the Waldorf College Education Program. For application and requirements contact education@waldorf.edu.

Admission to Teacher Education Program

Students must make formal application into the Waldorf College Education Program.  Applications are usually submitted the first semester of the sophomore year.  Applications for admission to the Teacher Education Program will be acted upon by the Teacher Education Committee.  Students can find the requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program in the Student Program Handbook. 

Retention in the Teacher Education Program

A student accepted into the Teacher Education Program is expected to exhibit a level of professionalism that reflects the mission and goals of the Teacher Education Program. A student's progress is continually monitored. Retention in the program is based upon his/her ability to meet specified criteria which includes:

  1. Earning a grade of C- or higher in education and content core courses.
  2. Earning a grade of B- or higher in methods courses.
  3. Maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher in education and content courses.
  4. Demonstrating the ability or potential to work effectively in an educational setting.

Application to Student Teaching

Students should apply a year in advance of the student teaching semester. Application for admission to student teaching will be acted upon by the Teacher Education Committee.  Students can find the requirements for application to student teaching in the Student Program Handbook.

Requirements

Liability Insurance

Waldorf College requires professional liability coverage while fulfilling clinical expectations in participating districts.  The department facilitates the choice of coverage offered through two organizations:  ISEA/NEA student program (Iowa State Education Association/National Education Association) or PEI (Professional Educators of Iowa).  Students may also show alternate proof of liability coverage with the department chair. 
 
The student needs proof of membership or liability insurance prior to full admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Community Service

All Waldorf students in the education program are required to give 12.5 hours of community service per semester, participating in activities sponsored by community groups related to their profession, or to volunteer activities. All community service needs to be volunteer, non-paid activities. If there is a question whether or not it is community service, see a member of the Education Department.
 

Waiver/Fingerprinting

Twelve to sixteen weeks prior to graduation, education students will submit a waiver and fingerprint card with an accurate self-report of all past criminal convictions.  There is a fee for this procedure; the money order or certified check should be made out to The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
 

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (C.A.S.E.) are academic skills assessment tests designed to measure reading, writing, and mathematical skills.  The Praxis C.A.S.E. tests are computer based tests.  Education students should take the Praxis C.A.S.E. tests the second semester of their first year at Waldorf College.  The minimum required Praxis C.A.S.E. scores are:  Reading, 156; Writing, 162; and Mathematics, 150.  The Praxis C.A.S.E. scores must be obtained for admission into the Teacher Education Program.   (The Praxis C.A.S.E. tests replace the Praxis I tests which were last offered on June 7, 2014.  Students completing the Praxis I tests are required to attain minimum scores of Reading, 171; Writing, 171; and Mathematics, 169; or a composite score of 511.  The Praxis I scores must be obtained for admission into the Teacher Education Program.)  Waldorf students with Praxis C.A.S.E. test battery scores below the cut-off may retake the test/tests three times in an attempt to achieve the minimum scores. Register here
 

Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II)

All students completing a teacher preparation program in the state of Iowa must successfully complete a Praxis II content knowledge test and a Praxis II pedagogy test to be recommended for their initial license.  Education students are required to pass one of the Praxis II tests prior to student teaching and are encouraged to take the other test prior to the end of their student teaching experience.  Check the Praxis website for the current required scores as the Iowa Department of Education annually reviews the Praxis II tests and minimum score requirements.  Successful completion of the Praxis II tests are a requirement for program completion. Register here
 

Waldorf College Education Club

Education students will be encouraged to participate in the Waldorf College Education Club throughout their college experience.

Graduation Requirements

If a student has met all the requirements set by the Teacher Education Program and is recommended by the Waldorf College Licensure Officer, he/she will be recommended for teacher licensure in Iowa.

Licensing or certification of teachers is a function of each state. Students who are contemplating teaching in a state other than Iowa will need to apply for licensure in that specific state. Each student seeking to be licensed in a state other than Iowa is responsible for meeting the current requirements of that state.

(In an era of increasing academic accountability, the Iowa Department of Education, Waldorf and Teacher Education Program requirements may change after a college catalog has been printed. It is essential that students work with Education Department Advisors.)