Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program
- Orientation FAQ
- Program design
- Request for placement STEP 161, 262, 363
- STEPout Request for 161, 262, 363
- Student Teaching documents and forms
- STEP Schedule
- Teacher Cadet Credit
- Contact us
Want to be a Secondary Teacher?
You must attend one of the following orientation MEETINGS
(*Orientation meeting dates will be posted after Sept. 5th for Spring semester and after Feb. 5th for Fall semester )
March 12 3:00-4:00 pm in McKee Room 228Questions: Contact Dr. Valerie Middleton Secondary PTEP Coordinator/Advisorhttp://www.unco.edu/cebs/teachered/coordinators.html
Request for Placement Link:
Will be posted Sept. 15th for Spring semester and after Feb. 15th for Fall semester
Secondary Placement Request Click Here
Follow these steps for Admission to Phase I:
- Make sure you have completed 30 credit hours or have sophomore status and your GPA is 2.5 or above. Priority will be given to teacher candidates exceeding the minimum GPA requirement as spaces are limited. Explore the Secondary PTEP Program Design.
- Declare a major and licensure in a content area by going to the appropriate department and speaking with an advisor.
- Register for EDFE 110, complete the required paperwork, submit the paperwork to McKee 216, and receive a satisfactory grade prior to taking STEP 161. EDFE 110 is a 0-credit course that is considered part of your application to Secondary PTEP. EDFE 110 is not a class that you physically have to attend during the semester, but a method for documenting your completed application.
- Complete the Request for Placement Form between February 15-March 15 or September 15-October 15. If you miss the deadline, you will miss your opportunity to be in the program until the next semester.
We’re looking forward to working with you in our program.
- What is a Secondary Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Orientation?
- The PTEP Orientation provides an overview of the program including: admission requirements and expectations, program options, advisement, student teaching options, graduation, the PLACE/PRAXIS exams, and Colorado teacher licensure.
- When should I attend?
- It is best to come to an orientation the semester before you plan on entering the teacher education program. However, you can also come as soon as you think you might be interested in a career in education if you would like to familiarize yourself with the process.
- When and how often are orientation sessions offered?
- There are several orientation sessions offered each semester. Orientation session dates are posted on the Secondary Professional Teacher Education website, the bulletin board across from the Education office in McKee 216, and the bulletin board outside of Dr. Middleton’s office at McKee 283. Remember, the orientation is a requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program so do not wait too long.
- How long does the Secondary PTEP orientation last?
- About an hour with time for questions.
- Do I need to bring anything to the orientation?
- You should bring a pen or pencil. Other materials will be provided.
- Is it all right if my parents (children, spouse, family) attend with me?
- Sure, as long as there is room to accommodate everyone.
- Where is the Orientation held?
- Each Orientation has a specific location. See above, the bulletin board across from the Education office in McKee 216, or the bulletin board outside of Dr. Middleton’s office at McKee 283.
- Do I have to sign up ahead of time for an Orientation or can I just come to one?
- You can just come to one.
- Can I apply to the Teacher Education Program even if I have not attended an Orientation?
- You may be able to submit your application before attending an orientation, but you will not be admitted to the program or placed in a school until you have met the Orientation requirement.
- Dr. Middleton and my Academic Content Advisor covered everything at our meeting. Do I still have to attend an orientation?
- Check with Dr. Middleton to see if you have met the orientation requirement. Submit documentation of the meeting with your advisor. If both agree that you have met the requirement, you will not have to attend an additional orientation.
- Will someone contact me to remind me when I am supposed to attend?
- No. You are an adult and you need to be responsible for your own attendance.
- I have to work the days the Orientation is offered. Do I have any other options?
- There are a variety of options available throughout the semester. You should be able to make arrangements to attend one of the sessions.
- Do I have to stay for the whole presentation?
- Yes. There is information that you will need throughout the entire orientation. Leaving early will mean you have not met the requirement.
- I might be about 20 minutes late. Is that OK?
- No. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will have to reschedule and attend another session.
- Will I have time to speak with my academic content advisor after the orientation?
- Academic Content Advisors are welcome, but are not required to attend. Your advisor will not be the orientation presenter. If your advisor is not present, you should schedule an appointment to meet with your Advisor on your own.
- I am not sure whether I want to teach Elementary or Secondary school. Does it matter which Orientation I attend?
- If you are undecided, you should attend an orientation at each level to help you make your decision.
- Is it OK if I pick up information for a friend who wasn't able to attend?
- Yes, you can pick up information for your friend if there are any extras packets available. However, your friend will not have met the orientation requirements until he or she attends an actual Orientation session.
- What if I missed the orientation I said I would attend or forgot the date?
- Look on the Teacher Education website, the bulletin board across from the Education office in McKee 216, or the bulletin board outside of Dr. Middleton’s office at McKee 283 for the time of the next Orientation.
- What if I live out of state/area and can’t attend an orientation?
- Out of state/area students must be accepted to the university and have a declared major before entering Secondary PTEP. If after seeing an Academic Content Advisor and having met their requirements, you can make an appointment with Dr. Middleton. However, placements are limited and fill up quickly, so you may have to wait until the next round of orientations.
- What if I am a transfer student?
- Transfer students must be accepted to the university and have a declared major before entering Secondary PTEP. If after seeing an Academic Content Advisor and having met their requirements, you can make an appointment with Dr. Middleton. However, placements are limited and fill up quickly, so you may have to wait until the next round of orientations.
- STEP 161, 262, 363 classes meet every Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; however, some classes may be shortened to meet until 7 p.m.
- STEP 161s must also keep a 4-hour block of time open between 8 AM and 3 PM (school hours) for your field placement requirement. Please consider additional travel time so you will not have to leave early or come in late to your classes or field placement. Plan your 4-hour block accordingly:
STEP 161: Tuesdays (32 hours)
STEP 262: Thursdays (32 hours)
STEP 363: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (90 hours)