Teacher Education Requirements | GCTC

Teacher Education Requirements

interdisciplinary early childhood education requirements

(CDA & Kentucky Director’s Credential Coursework Embedded, External Application Process) 

Courses

  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking (or COM 252 if non-transfer) 
  • EDU 204 Technology in the Classroom (or CIT 105 or OST 105) 
  • ENG 101 Writing I 
  • ENG 102 Writing II 
  • Heritage or Humanities course 
  • IEC 101 Orientation to Early Childhood Education (not required with current CDA) * (20 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 102 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (not required with current CDA)* (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 130 Child Development (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 170 Observation and Assessment (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 180 Approaches to Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 200 Child Guidance (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 216 Literacy and Language in IECE (5 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 221 Creative Expressions in IECE (5 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 230 Business Administration of ECE Programs * 
  • IEC 235 Introduction to Inclusive Education (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 240 Administration of Early Childhood Education * (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 246 Sciences and Math in IECE (5 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 291 IECE Practicum/Cooperative Education (180 hours of required field experience) 
  • Natural Science course 
  • PSY 110 General Psychology 
  • Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 110 or higher Quantitative Reasoning course, transfer requires MAT146 or higher) 
     

Notes

  • Current CDA yields credit for IEC 101, IEC 102 and IEC 190
  • New students contact Sarah Smith (sarah.smith@kctcs.edu) to enroll into the department webpage. Students will upload required background check and TB test there, as well as receive important department information.
  • Transfer students who would like to become general education certified for the NKU transfer pathway may elect to take the following additional courses: Heritage or Humanities course (whichever not previously taken), Math or Science course, and two additional Social and Behavioral Science courses. Please see advisor for details. 
  • Students must obtain a grade of C or greater in all IEC courses.
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.

Updated 1/27/21

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Courses

  • IEC 101 Orientation to Early Childhood Education (not required with current CDA) * (20 hours of required field observation)  

Notes

  • Additional Expenses: Students must have the following: 1) a criminal background record check ($20); 2) a child abuse/neglect check ($10); 3) a TB test showing ‘0’ mm of induration or a Physician’s statement if chest x-ray was needed or waiver documented by health assessment (cost varies by health provider/co-pay); 4) KCTCS Liability Insurance ($11/semester billed to student account). 
  • Current CDA yields credit for IEC 101 and IEC 102   
  • New students contact Sarah Smith (sarah.smith@kctcs.edu) to enroll into the department webpage. Students will upload required background check and TB test there, as well as receive important department information. 
  • KidsNow Scholarship is available for KY residents working in licensed/certified centers/homes 20 or more hours per week. Tuition paid by KHEAA when the employer agrees to participate. Students must enroll in 9 hours or less per term, complete an online KHEAA application each term and complete an annual FAFSA. Max. annual amount is $1800.00. 
  • Students must obtain a grade of C or greater in all IEC courses. 
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 1/27/21

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Courses

  • IEC 101 Orientation to Early Childhood Education (not required with current CDA) * (20 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 102 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation)
  • Any IEC three (3) hour course, with the exception of IEC 190, IEC 250 and IEC 291

Notes

  • Additional Expenses: Students must have the following: 1) a criminal background record check ($20); 2) a child abuse/neglect check ($10); 3) a TB test showing ‘0’ mm of induration or a Physician’s statement if chest x-ray was needed or waiver documented by health assessment (cost varies by health provider/co-pay); 4) KCTCS Liability Insurance ($11/semester billed to student account). 
  • Current CDA yields credit for IEC 101 and IEC 102   
  • New students contact Sarah Smith (sarah.smith@kctcs.edu) to enroll into the department webpage. Students will upload required background check and TB test there, as well as receive important department information. 
  • KidsNow Scholarship is available for KY residents working in licensed/certified centers/homes 20 or more hours per week. Tuition paid by KHEAA when the employer agrees to participate. Students must enroll in 9 hours or less per term, complete an online KHEAA application each term and complete an annual FAFSA. Max. annual amount is $1800.00. 
  • Students must obtain a grade of C or greater in all IEC courses. 
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 1/27/21

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Courses

Option One: Course Work

  • IEC 101 Orientation to Early Childhood Education (not required with current CDA) * (20 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 102 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 230 Business Administration of ECE Programs 
  • IEC 240 Administration of Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation)

Option Two: Current CDA (articulated credit for IEC 101 and IEC 102)

  • IEC 230 Business Administration of ECE Programs 
  • IEC 240 Administration of Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation)

Option Three: Life Skills (portfolio to replace competencies for IEC 101 and IEC 102)

  • IEC 230 Business Administration of ECE Programs 
  • IEC 240 Administration of Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation) 

Notes

  • Additional Expenses: Students must have the following: 1) a criminal background record check ($20); 2) a child abuse/neglect check ($10); 3) a TB test showing ‘0’ mm of induration or a Physician’s statement if chest x-ray was needed or waiver documented by health assessment (cost varies by health provider/co-pay); 4) KCTCS Liability Insurance ($11/semester billed to student account). 
  • Current CDA yields credit for IEC 101 and IEC 102   
  • New students contact Sarah Smith (sarah.smith@kctcs.edu) to enroll into the department webpage. Students will upload required background check and TB test there, as well as receive important department information. 
  • KidsNow Scholarship is available for KY residents working in licensed/certified centers/homes 20 or more hours per week. Tuition paid by KHEAA when the employer agrees to participate. Students must enroll in 9 hours or less per term, complete an online KHEAA application each term and complete an annual FAFSA. Max. annual amount is $1800.00. 
  • Students must obtain a grade of C or greater in all IEC courses. 
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.  

Updated 1/27/21

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Courses

  • IEC 101 Orientation to Early Childhood Education (not required with current CDA) * (20 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 102 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 130 Early Childhood Development (10 hours of required field observation) 
  • IEC 200 Child Guidance (10 hours
  • IEC 250 School Age Child Care

notes

  • Additional Expenses: Students must have the following: 1) a criminal background record check ($20); 2) a child abuse/neglect check ($10); 3) a TB test showing ‘0’ mm of induration or a Physician’s statement if chest x-ray was needed or waiver documented by health assessment (cost varies by health provider/co-pay); 4) KCTCS Liability Insurance ($11/semester billed to student account). 
  • Current CDA yields credit for IEC 101 and IEC 102   
  • New students contact Sarah Smith (sarah.smith@kctcs.edu) to enroll into the department webpage. Students will upload required background check and TB test there, as well as receive important department information. 
  • KidsNow Scholarship is available for KY residents working in licensed/certified centers/homes 20 or more hours per week. Tuition paid by KHEAA when the employer agrees to participate. Students must enroll in 9 hours or less per term, complete an online KHEAA application each term and complete an annual FAFSA. Max. annual amount is $1800.00. 
  • Students must obtain a grade of C or greater in all IEC courses. 
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 1/27/20

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Education requirements

Gateway 2NKU Pathway to Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Completion of the provided curriculum will satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Science degree at Gateway and leads to the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree at NKU.

Degree requirements for KCTCS:  

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at Gateway 
  • Cultural Studies Course 
  • Demonstration of Digital Literacy (EDU 204) 
  • Completion of a College Success requirement

Degree requirements for NKU:  

  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be 300 level or above 
    Must meet the pre-requisites for each course 
  • Minimum of 20 percent of the total required hours must be taken at NKU 

Admission requirements for NKU:

  • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA 
  • Passing a criminal background check 
  • Minimum grade of B in CMST 101 (COM 181) and ENG 102 
  • Minimum grade of C in all other pre-admission courses and required EDU and EDS courses 
  • Minimum Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores: Reading (5712) - 156; Writing (5722) - 162; Math (5732) - 150
  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours
  • Acceptable portfolio 
  • Completed application to Teacher Education program 

Courses

  • BIO 112 Introduction to Biology and BIO 113 Introduction to Biology Laboratory 
  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking 
  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (requires 15 observation hours in schools) 
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners (requires 15 observation hours in K-12 schools) 
  • EDU 201 An Introduction to American Education (requires 15 observation hours in schools) 
  • EDU 204 Technology in the Classroom (meets digital literacy requirement) 
  • EDU 240 Elementary and Middle School Literature 
  • ENG 101 Writing I 
  • ENG 102 Writing II 
  • ENG 251 American Literature I or ENG 252 American Literature II or ENG 161 Introduction to Literature
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success 
  • General Education - Natural Science or Quantitative Reasoning (6 credit hours) 
  • GEO 152 Lands & Peoples of the Non-Western World 
  • GLY 101 Physical Geology and GLY 111 Physical Geology Laboratory 
  • HIS 108 US History through 1865 or HIS 109 US History Since 1865 
  • MAT 146 Contemporary College Mathematics or MAT 161 Statistics and Algebra 
  • MAT 205 Math for Elementary and Middle School I 
  • MAT 206 Math for Elementary and Middle School II 
  • PSY 110 General Psychology 

Notes

  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 12/9/21

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Gateway 2NKU Pathways to Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education -  
English/Communications and Social Studies

Completion of the provided curriculum will satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree at Gateway and leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education degree in the selected track (English/Communications and Social Studies) at NKU.

Degree requirements for KCTCS:

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at Gateway 
  • Cultural Studies Course 
  • Demonstration of Digital Literacy (EDU 204) 
  • Completion of a College Success requirement 

Degree requirements for NKU:  

  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be 300 level or above 
  • Must meet the pre-requisites for each course 
  • Minimum of 20 percent of the total required hours must be taken at NKU 

Admission requirements for NKU: 

  • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA 
  • Passing a criminal background check 
  • Minimum grade of B in CMST 101 (COM 181) and ENG 102 
  • Minimum grade of C in all other pre-admission courses and required EDU and EDS courses 
  • Minimum Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores: Reading (5712) - 156; Writing (5722) - 162; Math (5732) - 150 
  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Acceptable portfolio 
  • Completed application to Teacher Education program 

courses

  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking
  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (requires 15 observation hours in schools)
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners (requires 15 observation hours in K-12 schools)
  • EDU 201 An Introduction to American Education (requires 15 observation hours in schools)
  • EDU 204 Technology in the Classroom (meets digital literacy requirement)
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • ENG 102 Writing II
  • ENG 161 Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 251 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 252 Survey of American Literature II
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success
  • General Education – Natural Science or Quantitative Reasoning
  • General Education - Quantitative Reasoning
  • HIS 101 World Civilization I or HIS 102 World Civilization II or ENG 107U Writing Craft: Intro to Imaginative Writing
  • HIS 108 History of the US through 1865
  • HIS 109 History of the US Since 1865
  • PSY 110 General Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or ANT 160 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World

notes

  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 12/9/21

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Gateway 2NKU Pathways to Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education -  
Mathematics and Science

Completion of the provided curriculum will satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree at Gateway and leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education degree in the selected track (Mathematics and Science) at NKU. 

Degree requirements for KCTCS:  

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at Gateway 
  • Cultural Studies Course 
  • Demonstration of Digital Literacy (EDU 204) 
  • Completion of a College Success requirement 

Degree requirements for NKU:  

  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be 300 level or above 
  • Must meet the pre-requisites for each course 
  • Minimum of 20 percent of the total required hours must be taken at NKU 

Admission requirements for NKU: 

  • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA 
  • Passing a criminal background check 
  • Minimum grade of B in CMST 101 (COM 181) and ENG 102 
  • Minimum grade of C in all other pre-admission courses and required EDU and EDS courses 
  • Minimum Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores: Reading (5712) - 156; Writing (5722) - 162; Math (5732) - 150 
  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Acceptable portfolio 
  • Completed application to Teacher Education program 

courses

  • BIO 112 Introduction to Biology and BIO 113 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
  • CHE 120 Chemistry in Society and CHE 125 Chemistry in Society Laboratory
  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking
  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (requires 15 observation hours in schools)
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners (requires 15 observation hours in K-12 schools)
  • EDU 201 An Introduction to American Education (requires 15 observation hours in schools)
  • EDU 204 Technology in the Classroom (meets digital literacy requirement)
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • ENG 102 Writing II
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success
  • General Education - Heritage
  • General Education - Humanities
  • General Education - Social Behavioral Science (cannot be a PSY course)
  • GLY 101 Physical Geology and GLY 111 Physical Geology Laboratory
  • MAT 161 Statistics and Algebra
  • MAT 170 Brief Calculus with Applications
  • MAT 206 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II
  • PHY 151 Introduction to Physics and PHY 161 Introduction to Physics Lab or AST 191 The Solar System and AST 195 The Solar System Laboratory
  • PSY 110 General Psychology

notes

  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 12/9/21

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Gateway 2NKU Pathways to Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education -  
English, Social Studies and Spanish Focus Areas

Completion of the provided curriculum will satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree at Gateway and leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education degree in the selected focus area (English, Social Studies or Spanish) at NKU.

Degree requirements for KCTCS:  

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at Gateway 
  • Cultural Studies Course 
  • Demonstration of Digital Literacy (EDU 204) 
  • Completion of a College Success requirement 

Degree requirements for NKU:  

  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be 300 level or above 
  • Must meet the pre-requisites for each course 
  • Minimum of 20 percent of the total required hours must be taken at NKU 

Admission requirements for NKU:

  • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA 
  • Passing a criminal background check 
  • Minimum grade of B in CMST 101 (COM 181) and ENG 102 
  • Minimum grade of C in all other pre-admission courses and required EDU and EDS courses 
  • Minimum Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores: Reading (5712) - 156; Writing (5722) - 162; Math (5732) - 150 
  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Acceptable portfolio 
  • Completed application to Teacher Education program 

Courses

  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking 
  • Content Area - (12 credit hours - refer to content area choices) 
  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (requires 15 observation hours in schools) 
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners (requires 15 observation hours in K-12 schools) 
  • EDU 201 An Introduction to American Education (requires 15 observation hours in schools) 
  • EDU 204 Technology in the Classroom (meets digital literacy requirement) 
  • ENG 101 Writing I 
  • ENG 102 Writing II 
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success 
  • General Education - Heritage (rec: Social Studies track - HIS 108) 
  • General Education - Humanities (rec: English track - ENG 161; Spanish track - ENG 282) 
  • General Education - Natural Science with lab 
  • General Education - Natural Science or Quantitative Reasoning 
  • General Education - Quantitative Reasoning 
  • General Education - Social Behavioral Science (rec: Social Studies track - POL 101) 
  • General Education - Social Behavioral Science (rec: Social Studies track - SOC 101) 
  • PSY 110 General Psychology 

content areas by concentration

Minimum of 4 classes must be selected to receive degree.  Additional classes will help fulfill Bachelor Degree requirements at NKU.

English

  • ENG 107 Writing Craft or ENG 203 Business Writing 
  • ENG 221 Survey of British Literature I 
  • ENG 222 Survey of British Literature II 
  • ENG 251 Survey of American Literature I 
  • ENG 252 Survey of American Literature II 
  • ENG 261 Western World Literature I or ENG 262 Western World Literature II 
  • Level I Foreign Language (i.e. SPA 101) 
  • Level II Foreign Language (i.e. SPA 102) 

Social Studies

  • ANT 160 Cultural Diversity and the Modern World 
  • GEO 152 Regional Geography of the World 
  • HIS 101 World Civilization I 
  • HIS 102 World Civilization II 
  • HIS 104 A History of Europe Through the Mid-Seventeenth Century 
  • HIS 105 A History of Europe from the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present 
  • HIS 109 History of the United States Since 1865 
  • POL 235 World Politics

Spanish 

  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 
  • SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I 
  • SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II 
  • Choose One: ENG 261, ENG 262, ENG 282, HIS 206, or HIS 207 

Notes

  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college. 

Updated 1/27/21

S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Gateway 2NKU Pathways to Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education -  
Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Mathematics Focus Areas 

Completion of the provided curriculum will satisfy the requirements for the Associate in Science degree at Gateway and leads to the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree in the selected focus area (English, Social Studies or Spanish) at NKU. 

Degree requirements for KCTCS:  

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA 
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at Gateway 
  • Cultural Studies Course 
  • Demonstration of Digital Literacy (EDU 204) 
  • Completion of a College Success requirement 

Degree requirements for NKU:  

  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be 300 level or above 
  • Must meet the pre-requisites for each course 
  • Minimum of 20 percent of the total required hours must be taken at NKU 

Admission requirements for NKU: 

  • Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA
  • Passing a criminal background check
  • Minimum grade of B in CMST 101 (COM 181) and ENG 102 
  • Minimum grade of C in all other pre-admission courses and required EDU and EDS courses 
  • Minimum Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores: Reading (5712) - 156; Writing (5722) - 162; Math (5732) - 150 
  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours 
  • Acceptable portfolio 
  • Completed application to Teacher Education program 

Courses

  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking 
  • Content Area - (9-11 credit hours - refer to content area choices) 
  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (requires 15 observation hours in schools) 
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners (requires 15 observation hours in K-12 schools) 
  • EDU 201 An Introduction to American Education (requires 15 observation hours in schools) 
  • EDU 204 Technology in the Classroom (meets digital literacy requirement) 
  • ENG 101 Writing I 
  • ENG 102 Writing II 
  • FYE 105 Achieving Academic Success 
  • General Education - Heritage 
  • General Education - Humanities 
  • General Education - Natural Science or Quantitative Reasoning (9-13 credit hours - refer to content areas) 
  • General Education - Social Behavioral Science (cannot be a PSY course) 
  • MAT 171 Pre-Calculus (rec. biological sciences track - MAT 161) 
  • MAT 175 Calculus I (rec: biological sciences track - STA 251) 
  • PSY 110 General Psychology 

Content Areas by Concentration

Minimum of 3 classes must be selected to receive degree.  Additional classes will help fulfill Bachelor Degree requirements at NKU. 

Biological Sciences 

  • BIO 114 Biology I 
  • BIO 115 Biology I Laboratory 
  • BIO 116 Biology II 
  • BIO 117 Biology II Laboratory 
  • CHE 170 General College Chemistry I 
  • CHE 175 General College Chemistry I Laboratory 
  • CHE 180 General College Chemistry II 
  • CHE 185 General College Chemistry II Laboratory 
  • EST 150 Introductory Ecology 
  • PHY 201 College Physics I 
  • PHY 202 College Physics I Laboratory 
  • PHY 203 College Physics II 
  • PHY 204 College Physics II Laboratory 

Chemistry 

  • CHE 170 General College Chemistry I 
  • CHE 175 General College Chemistry I Laboratory 
  • CHE 180 General College Chemistry II 
  • CHE 185 General College Chemistry II Laboratory 
  • CHE 270 Organic Chemistry I 
  • CHE 275 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 
  • CHE 280 Organic Chemistry II 
  • CHE 285 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 
  • PHY 201 College Physics I 
  • PHY 202 College Physics I Laboratory 
  • PHY 203 College Physics II 
  • PHY 204 College Physics II Laboratory 

Mathematics 

  • CIT 238 Android Programming I 
  • MAT 185 Calculus II 
  • MAT 275 Calculus III 
  • MAT 285 Differential Equations 

Notes

  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.  

Updated 1/27/21

S.M.A.R.T. Plan