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Your Path to the Classroom

Year 1

  • Take and pass Intellectual Foundations/core courses with a grade of C or higher. 
  • Take three education foundation courses: EDU 1010, 2010, plus one more according to your major. 
  • Take a general education mathematics course and a science course. 
  • Disposition review.

Year 2

  • Successfully complete CORE basic skills tests in reading, writing, mathematics, or substitute approved alternative. 
  • Apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). 
  • Disposition review. 
  • Begin clinical experiences. 

Year 3

  • Take EDU 3900 and begin the development of the preliminary edTPA portfolio. 
  • Disposition review. 
  • Clinical experiences. 
  • Attend mandatory pre-student teaching meeting. 
  • Successfully complete Praxis II content area test or substitute approved alternative. 
  • Take EDU 3230 and 3230 (elementary education and special education only) and pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT). 

Year 4

  • Pass preliminary edTPA. 
  • Apply for student teaching. 
  • Disposition review. 
  • Teaching candidate interview. 
  • 138 credits + graduation requirements. 
  • Student teach. 
  • Pass Pearson-scored final edTPA. 

Admission into the Teacher Education Program

Only candidates who have been admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) may enroll in 3000- or 4000-level education courses. To complete the program on a timely basis, a candidate should complete all requirements and be admitted into the TEP as soon as possible, usually during sophomore year. Candidates must be in the TEP for one semester BEFORE they are eligible to apply for student teaching. Transfer candidates must earn a minimum of 15 credits on this campus before they will be considered for admission to the TEP. Transfer candidates may apply, however, during their first semester on campus.

 TEP Application procedures/requirements

  • Declare a major and a minor through the Office of the Registrar. 
  • Successfully complete the CORE tests for reading, writing, and mathematics, or substitute an approved alternative. 
  • Obtain an application for admission to the TEP from the Education Department. Applicants may apply at any time while in the process of completing their entrance requirements. Students should plan to enter the TEP during their sophomore year to enable enrollment in 3000-level courses.
    Note: Acceptance into the TEP is an absolute prerequisite for enrollment in 3000-level courses. No exceptions. 
  • Complete and pass a criminal background check. 
  • Documentation of satisfactory disposition reviews associated with particular education classes and clinical experience reviews must be submitted to the Education Department. 
  • TEP applicant records will be checked for a satisfactory GPA (2.75 overall GPA, which includes all schools attended as well as Carthage); completion of the foundational courses (EDU 1010, 2010), plus the appropriate third course depending upon major; and completion of both Heritage/core courses with a C or better in each course. 
  • Obtain and submit three faculty recommendations. At least two should be from full-time education faculty members.

If all TEP requirements are satisfied, candidates will be notified of admission to the TEP by email and letter.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Looking to teach? Count on becoming a familiar face in local schools. Carthage students accumulate 135 hours in local classrooms before their student teaching semester. Make that 450+ for those entering our new urban teacher program.

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …