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Program Requirements

In order to be recommended for a degree in the College of Education, you must have applied for and been formally admitted into the program. In addition, you must have fulfilled all University requirements for admission into the program.

Teacher Education Program

Application for admission to the degree program in teacher education must be made no later than the semester in which you complete or attempt 45 credit hours. Application must be made whether or not all requirements have been met.

Admission Requirements for Current Students

If you are seeking certification, you must meet all of the following requirements for the Academic Catalog prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program. You may not schedule any professional education courses (EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ, or SPED or methods courses in HLTH or KNES) above the 200 level if you have not fulfilled the following requirements. EDCI 308 and SPED 391 are exceptions to this rule.

  • Completion of all freshman courses listed on curriculum.
  • Completion with grades of "C" or better in the following courses: ENGL 101 and 102 (for all students); MATH 270 and 310 for students certifying in secondary mathematics; MATH 103 - College Algebra Fundamentals or 105 and 210 for those certifying in any area of science but not in mathematics; MATH 103 - College Algebra Fundamentals or 107 for students in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and MATH 103 - College Algebra Fundamentals or 105 for those certifying in all other secondary education areas not specified above, as well as those in K-12 Kinesiology and Art or Music Education programs.
  • Achievement of a 2.5 Adjusted GPA or higher if you apply for admissions into the program prior to Summer 2012 OR achievement of a 2.5 Cumulative GPA or higher if you apply for admissions into the program during or after Summer 2012. All students in the 13-15 Catalog or later must achieve a minimum of at least 2.5 Cumulative GPA regardless of semester admitted.
  • Achievement of passing scores for ONE of the following: ACT with a composite score of 22 or higher OR SAT with a score of 1030 or higher OR Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators-Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. NOTE: If you do not have passing scores for the ACT or SAT, you should register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators no later than the semester in which 45 hours will be completed. Completion of the freshman curriculum prior to taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators may be helpful, but is not required. Visit ETS-Registration, Test Dates, and Centers to register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators.
  • Submission of the completed “Application for Upper Division/Application for Admission to a Degree Program in Teacher Education” along with appropriate requested documents. Application must be made no later than the semester in which you complete or attempt 45 credit hours. NOTE: Application must be made whether or not all requirements have been met.

Degree Audit

All students must submit an unofficial transcript to the Office of Student Services in MDD 105 to complete a degree audit (curriculum check) two semesters prior to student teaching. This degree audit is used to verify that all graduation requirements will be met.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Change-of-major or transfer students who enter the Teacher Education program with more than 30 hours may pursue 30 additional hours before the “Application for Upper Divison/Application for Admission to a Degree Program in Teacher Education” is due. Whether or not all requirements have been met, extensions may be granted if you are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree program requirements. In preparation for admission to the degree program, you should register and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators-reading, writing, and mathematics tests no later than the semester in which 45 hours will be completed. Completion of the freshman curriculum prior to taking the assessment examination may be helpful, but is not required. Visit ETS-Registration, Test Dates, and Centers to register for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators.

Selective Admissions

The Committee on Selective Admissions has the authority to admit a limited number of candidates who do not meet the test score requirement into the Teacher Education Program and to grant extensions regarding timely application (including cases in which extenuating circumstances have caused students with demonstrated potential to fall below the minimum grade point average). In either case, consideration must be initiated by a formal letter of appeal (sample letter and details that must be included in your letter of appeal), addressed to the Committee on Selective Admissions and submitted to the College of Education Office of Student Services in Maxim Doucet Hall, Room 105.

Your file and letter will be reviewed by the Selective Admissions Committee to determine if your request will be granted. You will be notified by mail if your request has been approved or denied. Students who are denied may be counseled to select another major outside of the College of Education.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions regarding the application or admittance into Upper Division/Teacher Education Program in the College of Education, please contact the Office of Student Services at 337-482-6681.