Teacher candidates complete required courses (core, major, and education), clinical experiences and internal and external assessment requirements. Teacher candidates complete the TCAP (Teacher candidate assessment of performance) during their clinical capstone experience while taking a two credit seminar, ED351 TCAP seminar. In addition, candidates complete state testing requirements.
PRAXIS Tests (or state equivalent):
In order to be certified to teach, you need to pass state required tests. These tests are also used to determine your acceptance into the Teacher Education Program during your sophomore year and count as your comprehensive exams senior year. Students are responsible for registering for the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills and PRAXIS II: Subject Assessments. Candidates need to receive a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test prior to application to the TEP (Teacher Education Program). PRAXIS II is completed during the semester prior to student teaching. Please see the Teacher Education Handbook for details. It is the students' responsibility to find out which tests and subtests are required by the state in which they anticipate seeking licensure. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers workshops and tutoring and the library has materials to help prepare for the tests.
Criminal Records Checks:
The Education Department at Saint Anselm College stresses the importance of appropriate ethical and moral conduct of those who will interact with young people. The State of New Hampshire requires (RSA 189:13-a) a criminal records check. All students participating in clinical experiences through the Education Department are required to be fingerprinted and have a NH and FBI background check prior to their first clinical placement embedded in ED 130 (Sophomore Early Field Experience). Returned background checks will be recorded in the Education Department and should suffice for the students' remaining clinical experiences throughout the program. However, if a student takes courses out of order or requests a clinical placement outside of Saint Anselm College's partnering school network, additional background checks may be required.