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Office of Teacher Education

Admission to Residency I

Clinical Practice is an integral part of the Office of Teacher Education’s teacher candidate preparation at Tech.

OTE plans quality experiences in school settings ranging from classroom observational experiences early in the program to pre-residency experiences where beginning instructional skills are practiced under the direction of a mentoring teacher. The culminating clinical experience is designed to use gained knowledge, add first-hand information, interact with on-site professionals, polish developed skills, and explore teaching styles.

Candidates should begin working on the steps for Admission into Residency I prior to the first semester of their senior year to remain on track for Residency I during the Fall semester.

NOTE: Candidates who do not meet the requirements and/or have their programs delayed, should contact Residency Coordinator, Susan Collins,, for “out-of-sync” options to continue the program.

Candidates must meet the following four (4) requirements prior to beginning the steps to enter into Residency I:

1. An inclusive GPA of 2.75 (excluding developmental classes).

2. Satisfactory completion of ALL CLEP tests (if applicable).

3. ALL courses listed for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year on your Program of Study.

4. A minimum grade of "B" or higher must be earned in all courses that are designated field-experience or technology related, or include a major field experience.

Candidates can track program requirements by using the
Benchmark Forms for Residency.

Undergraduate Benchmarks    Music Education (MUED) Candidates

Step 1 / Submit Intent to Participate by January 31st

Intent to Participate

Step 2 / Complete the Disposition Self-Assessment & Request by March 31st

Disposition Self-Assessment

You must list two instructors as "raters"; one education content instructor and one practicum mentor. The PassKey to access the form is OTEDispo.

Next Steps 3-6
See Specific Deadlines for Teacher Candidates

Music Education [MUED] Teacher Candidates: June 15th

All other Teacher Candidates: July 15th

Step 3 / Submit Praxis II Scores to OTE

OTE must have passing scores for the Praxis II Content Exam(s) on file.

Step 4 / Submit CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification

The certifications coverage must be valid throughout both Residency I and Residency II. Online certifications are NOT accepted.

Submitting Steps 4 & 5 (options)

Option 1: Deliver in person to T.J. Farr Building, Rm 103.

Option 2: Send by email to Connie DeRossette,

Option 3: Send by fax to 931-372-6286.

Step 5 / Professional Liability Insurance

Submitting Step 6 (options; same as above)

Submit evidence of professional liability insurance. You may use professional organizations such as NEA, PET, Christian Educators, MTNA, etc. The insurance coverage must be valid throughout both Residency I and Residency II.

Step 6 / Complete the Background Check Process

Please review and follow the steps outlined in the guide below:


Complete the these two (2) forms:



The two (2) forms above require a physical signature.
This review is in addition to the background check required for OTE Admission.
Please Note: Candidates must earn a minimum grade of “B” to progress into Residency II.

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Susan Collins
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Dr. Suzy Hook
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