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Admission Requirements for Teacher Education Majors

University College Core Curriculum

The successful completion of the University College Core Curriculum requirements is the initial step in the teacher education admission process. A demonstrated proficiency in reading and mathematics and a GPA of 2.5 or higher are also required. Transfer students must meet the same standards as first-time freshmen in completing the University College Core Curriculum requirements.

Declaration of Major and Pre-Major Requirements for School of Education

A student who enters the university as a full-time, first-time freshman is required to declare a major in the second semester of his/her freshman year if s/he meets the admission requirements detailed below. Transfer students must declare a major in their first semester of enrollment. Once a student has been accepted into a degree program, s/he will be assigned an advisor in the major.

A student wishing to declare a major in any teacher education program must demonstrate the following:

  • Completion of EDUC 210 with at a grade of "C" (if applicable to program)
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours earned with a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Completion of  Voluntary Disclosure Form

If a student does not meet the requirements to declare a major in a teacher education program housed in the School of Education, s/he may apply for a pre-education major status at the end of the freshman year. The pre-major status provides an opportunity for the education faculty and the pre-education student to work towards achieving the requirements to declare the major (and ultimately be admitted to teacher education) and allows the student to determine whether or not a degree in teacher education is an appropriate fit for his/her career goals. Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major.

A student declaring a pre-education major must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of EDUC 210 with at least a grade of C
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours and a maximum of 45 hours earned with a minimum grade point average of 2.3.

Once a student has been accepted as a pre-education major, a pre-education major advisor will be assigned. The pre-education major advisor will work with the student to verify satisfactory progress towards the declaration of major. The pre-major student and the pre-education major advisor must participate in at least two advisement meetings each semester.  The pre-education major must declare a major as soon as s/he is eligible.  A student will be in a pre-education major status for two consecutive semesters.  The student must then declare a major if eligible or request an additional semester in the pre-education major status, or change his/her major.

Moving from a pre-education major status to major status requires completion of the online Declaration of Major form to request admission to the teacher education program.

Admission as a pre-major and major do not guarantee admission to teacher education.

Academic Progress within the Major

An education major who fails to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 will be placed on Academic Probation and will be permitted to enroll in a maximum of 14 credits for the subsequent semester. Students on probation will be required to complete an Academic Success Plan with their advisors.

If an education major's GPA is below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters, the student will be placed on academic suspension and will not be permitted to enroll in any education courses without successfully appealing academic suspension through the academic department to the Teacher Education Admission Appeals Committee (TEAAC).  (If appeal is denied, the student will be advised into a non-education major.) Academic Suspension does not apply to summer sessions. Students placed on academic suspension after spring semester may enroll in summer courses and are encouraged to do so.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Admission to teacher education is a procedural step for students interested in teacher education programs. After successfully completing the requirements listed below, a student is eligible to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. An Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program form must be filed with the department head by the second semester of the sophomore year. The criteria for admission are as follows:

  1. Completion of the University College Core Curriculum and EDUC 211. (A completed Voluntary Disclosure Form is required by each student after registering in EDUC 211/SPED 480 and prior to beginning the field experience requirement in EDUC 211/SPED 480.)
  2. A GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Acceptable scores on the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Tests of the PRAXIS Core exam. All PRAXIS scores must be current with state mandated score requirements for admission and licensure purposes.  (Specific ACT or SAT scores are also considered.)
  4. Verification by the university physician of the applicant's health status and level of physical fitness.
  5. Verification by the Director of Residence Life of the applicant's acceptable deportment.
  6. Personal fitness and the interest suitable to the profession of teaching, verified by the Center for Personal Development.
  7. Criminal background check.
  8. Satisfactory completion of an Admission to Teacher Education interview with the faculty in the major program of study.
  9. Completed Application for Admission to Teacher Education Form.
  10. Program of Study/CAPP.
  11. Final acceptance for admission to the Teacher Education Program by the Teacher Education Committee, based upon documented recommendations from the major area concerned.

Note: Formal admission to Teacher Education is required prior to enrollment in methods courses and student teaching. A Criminal Background Check is required by each candidate after registering in methods courses and before completing the field experience requirement of methods courses. See each individual program for course listing.

Retention in Teacher Education

Following admission to teacher education, each education candidate is required to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and acceptable standards on all other admission criteria. An education candidate must earn a grade of C or higher in all education, concentration, or subject area major courses. An education candidate failing to maintain acceptable standards will be automatically suspended from the Teacher Education Program and counseled toward alternative career options.

Admission to Student Teaching

An Application for Student Teaching form must be filed the semester prior to the semester in which the education candidate plans to student teach. To be eligible for the Student Teaching Internship, the education candidate must have:

  1. Been admitted formally to teacher education and have senior classification.
  2. Completed to the satisfaction of the major area the teaching specialty component requirements that will lead to licensure by the Department of Public Instruction.
  3. Maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a grade of C or higher in all education, concentration, or subject area major courses.
  4. Completed all methods courses before being admitted to student teaching. (Education candidates enrolled in methods courses will be considered for admission to student teaching pending the satisfactory completion of all methods courses prior to student teaching.)
  5. An audit (CAPP or Program of Study) verifying that no course remains to be taken toward the degree.
  6. A Criminal Background Check report.
  7. Satisfactory completion of an Admission to Student Teaching interview with the faculty in the major program of study.
  8. Satisfactory completion of an Admission to Student Teaching essay.
  9. Been recommended to the Teacher Education Committee by the department chair of the area in which licensure is sought. The Teacher Education Committee must give approval for the student teaching internship.

Note: An education candidate who has been approved for admission to student teaching, but who has not maintained the standards for the internship, will be subject to review by the Teacher Education Committee before s/he is allowed to re-enter the program. Likewise an education candidate who has been admitted to student teaching must

  • earn a grade of C or higher in student teaching for full licensure as a teacher
  • be enrolled in only the student teaching block courses during the student teaching semester. (See Student Teaching Handbook).
  • complete all six licensure evidences at the proficient/met level for each section in the rubrics/evaluation instrument.
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