The Recommendations Committee screens all candidates for student teaching in secondary schools in terms of criteria set forth by the Education Department. Candidates must receive the committee's approval to student teach under the sponsorship of the College.
Preliminary screening of candidates takes place during fifth semester. Criteria include a 2.0 college index and a 2.7 major index, satisfactory academic and personal qualities as judged by two members of the major department and one member of the Education Department and satisfactory speech as judged by the Department of Communication Studies.
The committee guides and evaluates the candidates. After a preliminary recommendation, each candidate is interviewed and may be offered suggestions to aid his/her development.
Final recommendation, which includes an endorsement by the major department, takes place in the seventh semester just before student teaching. The criteria for final recommendation include a satisfactory rating in all competencies listed as prerequisite for student teaching.
The committee's chair solicits a written evaluation of each candidate from the appropriate members of the committee. When a question arises about the recommendation of a candidate, a meeting of the members concerned is arranged and a decision is reached.
the chair and members of the Department of Education
a Department of Communication Studies representative
the chairs of all departments in which candidates for student teaching are majoring
Department of Education chair