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Applying to the Teacher Certification Program (TCP)
or to the combined TCP-M.Ed. in Urban Teaching

You may apply and enroll for the fall, spring or summer terms. Our application process is simple. Here are the basic steps.

You’ll need to submit:

  • Your application (visit our Guide to Applying and Getting Started)
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities- submitted to the SCE Office. Candidates are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation  (on official letterhead)- submitted to the SCE Office
  • Two required essays Please type (double-spaced) your response to the following questions. Your answers will be included in your portfolio of work once you are admitted into the TCP.

(Please see the coordinator if you would like to discuss options regarding GPA.) 

1. Summarize your undergraduate or graduate preparation in the content area in which you plan to teach. Include evidence of past coursework and any career and/or life experiences in that discipline. Describe your familiarity with the standards in the content area.  Secondly, describe your personal goals for continued growth in this discipline.

Rubric for Acceptable Responses:

a) Statement of your level of content knowledge
b) Past experiences in attaining content knowledge (college courses, work in the field, etc.)
c) If needed, a statement of how you plan to attain additional content knowledge
d) Why you’ve chosen this discipline to teach
e) Your plan for growth
f) What you hope to accomplish by teaching young people

2. Describe your experiences working with children (volunteer, teaching, parenting, etc.). Explain why you have chosen to become a teacher and what you hope to accomplish in the field of education.

Rubric for Acceptable Responses:

a) Reasons for entering teaching
b) Explanation of experience working with children and how that has contributed to your preparation for a career in teaching.
c) Why you’ve chosen to work with adolescents and the challenges they present
d) Your plan to develop your knowledge and skills in the field of child development and education.



Katherine Hibbard
TCP Coordinator
(401) 865-2487

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