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Milestone Assessment

Initial Licensure Milestone Requirements For Teacher Certification

Milestone I - Candidacy Status

  • Completion of Educ 2100/5500 or equivalent with “C” or better

  • Minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate credit or 3 hours of graduate credit

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (undergraduate, 2.75 for MAT students)

  • Evidence of Professional Dispositions*

  • Completion of Security Clearance by TBI/FBI

*Evaluated by 2100 instructor, clinical teacher in field observation, and incidence reports

Once Milestone I has been approved, teacher candidates will be eligible to take Educ 3070, 4270 or equivalents.

Milestone II - Provisional Status

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

  • Minimum of “C” in Professional Minor courses

  • Evidence of Professional Dispositions*

  • Minimum of 45 hours if undergraduate or 9 hours if graduate student

  • Minimum Praxis I (PPST Reading – 174, Writing – 173, and Math – 173, or ACT – 22, SAT – 1020) or GRE (Verbal – 350 and Quantitative – 350) for graduate students

  • Successful Interview (during Educ 3070/5501)

  • Completion of Security Clearance by TBI/FBI

  • Milestone II Application and Checklist

*Evaluated by 3070 instructor, clinical teachers in field observation, and incident reports.

Milestone III - Clinical Status

  • 2.75 GPA

  • Minimum grade of “C” in all professional Education courses

  • Candidates must pass all required Praxis II exams before entering student teaching.

  • Completion of all courses required for licensure/degree

*Evaluation by 4080 instructor, clinical teachers in field observations, incident reports, and review of University disciplinary record

Once Milestone III has been approved, teacher candidate will be eligible to begin their clinical placements (15 weeks of student teaching). All coursework should be completed at this time.  Taking additional courses with student teaching and the teaching seminar is prohibited.

Milestone IV - Induction Status

  • Acceptable level for knowledge and skills identified for Milestone IV through approval of electronic portfolio (no score of Unacceptable or Developing on the assessment rubric) or successful completion of Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)

  • Evidence of Professional Dispositions*

  • Passing scores on all Praxis II licensure exams

  • Successful completion of clinical placement seminars

  • Passing grades in both clinical placements

  • Completion of all licensure requirements

  • Completion of Security Clearance by TBI/FBI

*Evaluated by university supervisor and clinical teacher

Once teacher candidates have met the requirements for Milestone IV, they are required to complete and submit the Application for Licensure.  This is usually completed during the Student Teaching Mid-Term Seminar. In addition, a complete set of official transcripts must be submitted to the Austin Peay State University Licensure Office, located in the Claxton Building, Room 208.

Meeting Tennessee licensure requirements and submitting the application for the Tennessee license are requirements even if you do not plan to teach in Tennessee.