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Gateway Assessment

Note: All Gateway Assessments (Gateways 2 & 3) are conducted the 3rd week of November, April, and July. Candidates are responsible for signing up for the gateway assessment 3 weeks prior to when they plan on completing the Gateway Assessment.

GATEWAY WHEN IS IT TAKEN? WHAT IS MEASURED? HOW IS IT CONDUCTED?
Gateway 1 Admission to Belmont University AND Formal Application to the Education Department for licensure

1. High School GPA: ≥ 2.75

2. ACT Score: ≥ 22 SAT Score: > 1080 (if ACT/SAT fall below cut score then candidates must take the Praxis: 5751 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics)

3. Dispositions/Goals (submitted as part of Belmont Teacher Education Application) a. two letters of reference of support b. writing sample: “Why I want to seek educational licensure” OR “Why I seek a minor in education”

Measured by submission of the Belmont University Application and Acceptance into Belmont University AND Belmont Teacher Education Application and Acceptance into the Belmont Teacher Education licensure program or minor.
Gateway 2 At the completion of the EDU CORE courses* (Foundations/Contemporary Issues, Ed, Psych/Adv. Ed. Psych, Child or Human Development, Diverse Learners in the Classroom) *May be taken during the semester in which the EDU CORE courses are being completed.

1. Belmont cumulative GPA ≥ 2.75.

2. GPA ≥ 3.00 in all EDU courses.

3. Clear of any disposition referrals from Teacher Education Department faculty (full and adjunct).

4. Average score of ≥ 1.5 on the Gateway 2 Individual Case Study Analysis

GPA and dispositional referral checks are conducted by the Teacher Education Department administrative assistant.

Gateway 2 Individual Case Study Analysis is conducted by the candidate reading a case- study and then successfully answering, average score ≥ 1.5, on the Gateway 2 Case Study Assessment Instrument questions posed by 2-3 faculty/practitioner evaluators.

Gateway 3 Prior to the Clinical Practice Semester (Student Teaching for Undergraduates*, during November of Internship, Residency year) *Upon completion of the majority of methods coursework.

1. Belmont cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0.

2. Belmont EDU course GPA ≥ 3.0.

3. Passing the Praxis II Content Area Assessment(S) associated with licensure.*

4. Passing the Praxis: Principles of Teaching and Learning (PLT).*

5. Clear of any dispositional referrals from Teacher Education faculty (full or adjunct).

6. An average score ≥ 2.0 on the Gateway 3 Interview Assessment Instrument

*The Praxis II Content Area Assessment and the Praxis PLT MUST be passed before the start of Student Teaching. For Residency candidates and Interns it MUST be passed by the end of December of the Residency or Internship year.

GPA, dispositional referral checks, Praxis II Content Area Assessment completion, and Praxis PLT Assessment completion are conducted by the Teacher Education Department administrative assistant.

Gateway 3 is conducted by the candidate successfully answering, average score ≥ 2.0, on the Gateway 3 Individual Pedagogical and Content Knowledge Interview Instrument questions* posed by 2-3 faculty/practitioner evaluators.

*The Gateway 3 questions address the candidates’ knowledge and ability to integrate culturally responsive pedagogy, data driven curriculum design choices, UDL implementation strategies, differentiation, RTI2, and other effective instructional strategies.

Gateway 4 At the completion of the Clinical Practice semester(s).

1. Belmont cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0.

2. Belmont EDU course GPA ≥ 3.0.

3. Clear of any dispositional referrals from Teacher Education faculty (full or adjunct).

4. Successful completion of the Clinical Practice semester(s)*. The following are included in the measures: -- average score ≥ 1.5 on the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM)-Adapted to Belmont Teacher Education Clinical Practice -- consistent successful observations by the Belmont University Supervisor AND the Clinical Practice Mentor Teacher --Successful completion of all assignments associate with coursework taken during the Clinical Practice Semester --successful defense of the Data-based Decision-making Project.

GPA, dispositional referral checks are conducted by the Teacher Education Department administrative assistant.

Praxis assessments and content major checks are conducted by the Belmont Education Coordinator for Licensure.

TEAM scores and observation assessments, as well as course requirements during the Clinical Practice semester(s) are checked by the Director of Clinical Practice.

Application for licensure is handled by the Coordinator of Licensure.