Teaching is most definitely an art. At Salem, women (undergraduate) and men and women (graduate-level) looking to become educational leaders of tomorrow learn the art of teaching through a careful and intentional blend of course work and multiple field-based experiences. And through it all, they enjoy a close and collaborative learning environment.
To be admitted to teacher candidacy, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. (Effective fall 2017, the minimum GPA will increase to 3.0.) Undergraduate students must have earned a minimum score on one of the following tests: SAT (1100 combined score), ACT (24), or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (468 composite score). MAT applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and the minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 effective fall 2017). For more information, please see Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program.
Candidates wishing to obtain licensure for elementary education (K-6) or general curriculum special education (K-12) may currently select any major offered by Salem College and pursue licensure coursework as well. Students wishing to obtain teacher licensure for elementary or special education are advised to complete the following professional studies curriculum, including the Teachers as Practitioners semester (student teaching) in addition to one of the interdisciplinary concentrations in the teaching, schools and society major. To ensure satisfactory progress, elementary and special education licensure candidates should seek advising from the director of teacher education or an advisor in the Teacher Education Department as early as possible in their academic programs.
Candidates wishing to teach middle (6-8) or secondary (9-12) content, art (K-12), or second language (French or Spanish) currently major in the discipline they plan to teach: art (licensure concentration) for art; English for language arts; biology or chemistry for science; economics, history, international relations, psychology, or sociology for social sciences; mathematics for math; music (BA, with licensure concentration) for music; or French or Spanish for second language. Candidates should seek advising from the program coordinator or the director of teacher education as early as possible in their degree programs.
To obtain a middle/secondary grades teaching license, candidates are required to demonstrate content-area competencies equivalent to a major in the area in which licensure is sought. If a student establishes proficiency or otherwise demonstrates competency in any of the major content requirements, required courses may be adjusted.