Education

Current Student Resources

Education students can access forms, application information, and other important documents below. 

Dual Enrollment

If you are a high school student taking dual enrollment courses with the goal of becoming a teacher candidate, we have compiled a list of courses we feel are most beneficial to help you towards this goal. Check out our Dual Enrollment Tips for High School Students page.

Tk20 by Watermark Assessment System

You will need to purchase a Tk20 by Watermark account once during your time at Alma College. The Education Department uses this system for Application to the Teacher Education Program, Application for Student Teaching,  Placement courses and during Student Teaching.

Link to Tk20

Additional information for purchasing and instructions for using Tk20 are available on Almapedia (AC log-in required).

Classroom Placements
We get you into the classroom, early and often.

As a teacher candidate, you will have a minimum of three classroom placement experiences prior to student teaching. These placement courses place you in a “home” classroom where you will work closely with that teacher to observe, assist and gain hands-on experience with children. Classroom placements are typically within a half hour of our campus. Every effort is made to place students without a car close to campus where the use of public transportation is possible.  We have put together some Alma Dial a Ride Transportation (DART) information.

A few things you will need for your placements…
  • Medical Insurance
  • Classroom appropriate attire (teacher clothes)
  • Background check*
  • Name badge*
  • Transportation plan
  • An active account with Tk20 by Watermark
  • An eagerness to learn and to teach!

*For your placements, you will need to complete an annual background check through DHHS and purchase a name badge to wear while in the schools. The DHHS check is free of charge and the Education Department will assist you with this process. Name badges are purchased once in the financial services offices for a cost of $2.50.

Program Specific Placement Information

Additional information about placements is available on Almapedia (AC log-in required).

Admission to the Teacher Education Program
We are excited you want to be a teacher!

If you wish to be considered as a teacher candidate, you must complete an Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students are usually sophomores when they apply. If you are a transfer student, check with the Education Department. We may want you to apply during your first year on campus.

Application process

Watch your AC email account for information about the application process. We usually gather interested applicants in a meeting in November. If you bring your laptop, you will be able to complete most of the application during the meeting session.

  • Attend the applicant meeting
    • Bring your laptop
    • Must have an active Tk20 account for application
  • Review requirements:
    • Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

      The Education Department reviews all applicants and judges their suitability for entrance to the program during the student’s sophomore year. For full approval students must have the following:

      1. Formal application for admission to the TEP submitted by the January deadline. 
      2. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
      3. ENG 101 with a grade of C or above and MTH 100, or demonstrate proficiency by placement into a higher level course.
      4. Provide scores in reading, math, and writing on a nationally normed assessment.
      5. Evidence that the applicant has dispositions conducive to success in the teaching profession (as indicated by disposition assessment forms, the recommendation of the Education Department, and a Felony Conviction Statement confirming that the student has not been convicted of any act contributing to the delinquency of a minor or involving moral turpitude).
      6. Good standing - student life.

      Please be aware that these requirements are subject to change in accordance with state or national accreditation mandates. All major(s) and minor(s) must be declared through the Registrar’s Office at the time of TEP application.

  • Submit your application by the January 15 deadline.
  • Application Review
    • We will review your application and make sure you meet the requirements for approval. The Education Department typically meets in late February to make TEP application decisions.
  • Application Results
    • Watch your inbox for an email informing you that your Report of Action is available to review in Tk20.

Here is some additional Teacher Education Program Information that we share with applicants.

Application for Student Teaching
Planning to Student Teach during the next academic year?

You will need to complete an Application for Student Teaching. Most students apply during their Junior year, but check with your advisor or with the Education Department.

Application Process

Watch your AC email account for information about the application process. If you completed a TEP Application last year, we will have you on our email list. There are two application forms to complete on Tk20, so make sure you pay attention to deadlines.

  • Attend the applicant meeting in September
    • Bring your laptop
    • Must have an active Tk20 account for application
  • Get a copy of the Student Teaching Timeline so you know all the important application dates and deadlines.
  •  Submit the Student Teaching Preferences form on Tk20 by the early October deadline.
  • Set a meeting with Kathy Paul, Coordinator of Field Experiences, to discuss your preferences.
  • Work with the CSO on Preparing a Great Letter of Introduction, Resume, and Course Requirement Sheets.
  • Review requirements:
    • Admission to Student Teaching

      The Education Department reviews a student for admission to Directed Teaching (Education 490-491). For full approval students must have the following:

      1. Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
      2. A formal application for student teaching submitted by November 15 of the academic year prior to student teaching.
      3. A 2.75 overall GPA.
      4. For secondary: a GPA in the area(s) of concentration - Teaching Major(s) of 2.75; if applicable, a C or above in all classes in the Social Studies and Special Education endorsements.
      5. For elementary: a GPA in the Teaching Major(s) of 2.5 with C or above in all courses (2.75 required for K-12 Special Education - Learning Disabilities major)
      6. A 2.5 GPA in Education courses and a grade of C or above in all courses.
      7. In compliance with State of Michigan specifications, satisfactory demonstration of
        • high academic achievement.
        • successful group work with children in classroom placements.
        • knowledge of research-based teaching.
      8. Evidence that the applicant has dispositions conducive to success in the teaching profession (as indicated by disposition assessment forms, the recommendation of the Education Department, and a Felony Conviction Statement confirming that the student has not been convicted of any act contributing to the delinquency of a minor or involving moral turpitude).
  • Submit the Student Teaching Application by the November 15th deadline.
  • Application Review
    • We will review your application and make sure you meet the requirements for approval. The Education Department typically meets in late February to make application decisions.
  • Application Results
    • Watch your inbox for an email informing you that your Report of Action is available to review in Tk20.

Here are some Important Requirements for Student Teachers.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is one full semester after completion of all of your education courses. It can be done within 90 minutes of the campus or with the Chicago Center program.

Elementary and Secondary Education
Early Childhood Education
Special Education - Learning Disabilities
Certification Information
Educational Studies

Mission Statement

The Education department at Alma College is committed to the preparation of knowledgeable, competent, and caring education professionals who reflect critically, serve ethically, and lead intentionally in a diverse world

Accreditation

The Alma College teacher education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation certifies that our education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to CAEP’s quality standards.

Higher Learning Commission Annual Report