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Information on Teacher Education Program Testing Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

All undergraduate Teacher Education students, including Educational Studies minors, must meet a testing requirement for admission to the Teacher Education program. The expectations are set by the South Carolina State Board of Education in accord with national standards.

Students may meet this requirement in any of the following ways:

For examinations taken prior to September 1, 2016:

Test Minimum Score Required

ACT (writing section not required)

24

SAT I (taken prior to March 2016)

Verbal + Math + Writing = 1650

New SAT (writing section not required) Verbal + Math = 1100

PRAXIS I (taken prior to Sept. 2014)

Reading = 175  Writing = 173  Math = 172

PRAXIS Core Reading = 156  Writing = 162  Math = 150

For examinations taken September 1, 2016 or later students can meet requirements with a single composite score or with sub area scores from a variety of examinations. All students must meet the requirements in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing to satisfy the state testing requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program which gives access to registration for restricted coursework. Students who are not sure how to interpret their scores are encouraged to print all test reports and meet with their advisor outside of the regular advising window. 

Test Type
Minimum Score Required
Areas Met
ACT Composite - English and Math sub areas 22 Mathematics, Reading, and Writing
ACT Subtest - English 22 Reading  and Writing
ACT Subtest - Math 22 Mathematics
New SAT Composite - Evidence-based Reading & Writing and Math sub areas 1100 Mathematics, Reading, and Writing
New SAT Subtest - Evidence-based Reading & Writing 550 Reading and Writing
New SAT Subtest - Math 550 Mathematics
PRAXIS Core Subtest - Mathematics 142 Mathematics
PRAXIS Core Subtest - Reading 156 Reading
PRAXIS Core Subtest - Writing 158 Writing

Students who do not already meet the admissions testing requirement through the ACT or SAT as listed above are encouraged to take (or retake) the ACT, SAT, or PRAXIS Core as early as possible in their undergraduate career. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is dependent on meeting the minimum score required on the tests listed above in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. These testing requirements will also apply for recipients of the South Carolina Teachers Loan. There are no exceptions to these policies.

  • To register for the ACT, please visit www.actstudent.org. (writing section not required)
  • To register for the SAT, please visit www.collegeboard.com.
  • To register for the PRAXIS Core, please visit www.ets.org/praxis. Registration pamphlets with information on the PRAXIS Core are available on the rack outside of Student Academic Services, 144 Withers. Preparation materials that include practice test questions for PRAXIS Core are available here.

Requirements for Admission to Internship II or MAT-Accelerated Program

PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments

Undergraduate and MAT-Traditional (except Modern Languages) candidates must meet the minimum testing requirements on the appropriate PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments before the Internship II experience. MAT-Traditional candidates in Modern Languages and MAT-Accelerated candidates in all areas must meet the minimum testing requirements on the appropriate PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments before admission to the graduate program. Candidates for a fall Internship II must have official scores before August 1 of the same year and candidates for spring experiences must have official scores before December 1.

For more information on requirements associated with the PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments, review complete guidelines and information contained in PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments Information (pdf - 109 KB). Candidates with questions about the step-by-step guidance in the linked documents or Internship requirements should contact Dia Hablutzel.

Registration pamphlets with information on PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments are available on the rack outside of Student Academic Services, 144 Withers. Preparation materials that include practice test questions for PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments are available here.

Middle Level Education PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments Policy for Internship II (Effective December 15, 2015)

In order to qualify for Internship II, MLED candidates must have:

1.       attempted PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments in both content area concentrations, and

2.       passed at least one of the concentration area PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments.

If both PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments have been passed, then the candidate will continue with Internship II in the content area that was not the focus of Internship I. If only one PRAXIS Subject Area Assessment has been passed, then the candidate can either:

a.       elect to do Internship II in the content area of the exam that has been passed (even if it repeats the content area of focus in Internship I);

b.      submit a written request (with documentation) to the program faculty to continue with Internship II in the content area of the exam that has not been passed by qualifying with an established GPA of 3.0 in all courses related to that content area (not just those that count toward the content concentration in the degree program) and a PRAXIS Subject Area Assessment score on that content assessment that is no more than 5 points away from the passing score; or

c.       submit a written request to the program faculty to attempt to qualify for Internship II placement in the content area of the exam that has not been passed by submitting to a one time (approximately 30 minutes) oral examination in the content that will be conducted and evaluated by a team of Winthrop faculty and middle level teachers of the content area from our partner schools. (The candidate has only one opportunity to do the oral examination, and the decision of the team of evaluators at the conclusion of the examination session will be final.)

Additional PRAXIS Information

Students may take their PRAXIS tests at any offered site. When registering for either PRAXIS Core or PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments, it is critical that you list Winthrop University (5910) and the South Carolina Department of Education (8108) as score recipients. 

Close attention to the accuracy of information provided during the registration process is also necessary to ensure timely reporting of scores to Winthrop University. Note that many tests now provide a preliminary score before the candidate leaves the testing location. Please note that official scores are required for meeting stated testing expectations and these can take two to four weeks to be received by Winthrop.

Fee waivers may be available for the PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS Subject Area Assessments for college students who meet all eligibility criteria. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis by ETS. More information and the fee waiver form are available here.

 

 

 

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