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Teacher Preparation Program Admission Requirements

Declaring a teacher education 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 at UL Lafayette.

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
  • submit the Teacher Preparation Program admission application WHETHER OR NOT ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE MET

The admission application for a student who fails to meet all admission requirements must be evaluated by the College of Education Committee on Selective Admission. A student who is not admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program at UL Lafayette will not be permitted to enroll in any 300-400 level professional education courses (EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ, SPED, HLTH, or KNES) beyond the freshman and sophomore level. EDCI 308 and SPED 31 are an exception to this rule.

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.

A student must apply no later than the semester in which the student will have attempted 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. A student MUST complete the Teacher Preparation Program admission application during the semester in which the student will have attempted 45 credit hours.
  2. If a student has not met all requirements for the Teacher Preparation Program, the student must still apply in the semester in which the student will have attempted 45 credit hours. A student must submit the "Request for an Extension" form to request an extension in remain in the College of Education while seeking the requirements for admisssion into the Teacher Preparation Program.
    • Please know that a student will not be admitted into the UL Lafayette Teacher Preparation Program until all requirements are met. The purpose of the form is to request an extension to remain in the College of Education while a student pursues the requirements for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program. The purpose of the form is not to request an exception; there are no exceptions for admittance into UL Lafayette Teacher Preparation Program. The extension form is due by 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.