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Teacher Preparation Program Admission Requirements

Declaring a major in the College of Education, does not imply acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program. In order to continue to seek degree requirements, to be recommended for a degree in education, and to become certified in an authorized teaching field, a student must apply for and be formally admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program in teacher education at this university.

Teacher Preparation Program Admission Requirements

All of the following requirements must be met for formal acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program:

  • achieve an ACT composite score of 22 or higher OR an SAT combined verbal and math score of 1100 or higher OR achieve passing scores on all parts of Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators-Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
  • successfully complete all freshmen courses
  • earn a minimum 2.5 overall cumulative GPA
  • submission of the Teacher Preparation Program application WHETHER OR NOT ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE MET

A student who fails to meet all admission requirements will not granted acceptance into Teacher Preparation Program by the Office of Student Services. If a student does not meet all requirements, the application must be evaluated by the College of Education Committee on Selective Admission. Learn more about Selective Admission.

Teacher Preparation Program Admission Application

In addition to the university admission requirements, all teacher certification majors (Art or Music Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School Education, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Kinesiology-Health & PE) must apply for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program and be formally admitted into the program to continue to pursue a degree in teacher education.

All students must apply no later than the semester in which the student will earn 45 credit hours. A change-of-major or a transfer student who enters the College of Education with more than 30 credit hours may attempt 30 additional credit hours before the application is due. You must apply for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program whether or not all admission requirements are met.

  1. Students MUST complete the Teacher Preparation Program admission application during the semester in which the student will have earned 45 credit hours.  
  2. If you are not yet eligible for the Teacher Preparation Program, you must still apply in the semester in which you will have earned 45 credit hours. You MUST submit a letter to request an extension to meet the requirements. See a sample extension letter.
    • Please know that you will not be admitted into the UL Lafayette Teacher Preparation Program until you meet all the requirements. The purpose of the letter is to request an extension to remain in the College of Education while you pursue the requirements. The purpose of the letter is not to request an exception; there are no exceptions for admittance into UL Lafayette Teacher Preparation Program. Extension letters are due on the last day to drop with a grade of “W” each semester. 

If you have any further questions about the application or admittance into the UL Lafayette Teacher Preparation Program, please contact the Office of Student Services at teachcert@louisiana.edu or by phone: (337) 482-6681.