Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Candidates may apply for admission to the teacher education program after completion of 45 credit hours of college work; however, they must be admitted prior to enrollment in 300-level EDUC/SPEC courses. Deadline dates for application to the Teacher Education Program are, the first Monday in October for the spring semester and the last Monday in February for the fall semester.  These deadlines will be strictly enforced.
Minimal requirements for admission include:

  1. 45 semester hours of college work in courses at the 100 level or above.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above in courses at the 100 level or above.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above in each teaching field.
  4. Successful completion of all sections of Praxis I or an ACT composite score of 26 or higher.
  5. Completion of each of the following courses with a grade of 2.0 or above: EDUC 101, EDUC 201, EDUC 205 or 206, ENGL 102, and COMM 211.
  6. Submission of two letters of recommendation from faculty members outside the Department of Education, who have had you as a student in the classroom.
  7. Submission of an autobiographical statement.
  8. Evidence of a current, negative T.B. test.
  9. Signed Praxis release form.
  10. Declaration of major form for Education on file with Registrar.
  11. Completed Student Demographics sheet.
  12. Completion of the dispositions evaluation.

Admission is not automatic for candidates who meet these minimal requirements. Rather, the Teacher Education Committee will use these data to make an informed professional judgment about the academic and personal disposition of the candidate for the teaching profession.

Once a student is admitted to the teacher education program, he or she must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on all college work and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above in each teaching field. The student is required to earn a 2.0 or above in each education course before proceeding in the program, and he or she must be free of substantiated challenges to his or her disposition(s) regarding the teaching profession.

A comprehensive review of each student's performance and progress in the teacher education program is undertaken again before permission is granted to enroll in the professional semester, which includes student teaching and a professional seminar.

Minimal requirements for admission to the professional semester include:

  1. An approved Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program on file.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 85 credit hours. Candidates must complete all required professional education and specialty area courses. This must be demonstrated through the completion of the advising form submitted with your application to the Professional Semester.
  3. Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  4. GPA of 2.50 in specialty area(s).
  5. Minimum grade of 2.0 in all Education (EDUC/SPEC) courses.
  6. Current, negative T. B. test results on file.
  7. A 15-hour field placement in a diverse setting.
  8. Completion of Praxis II requirement.
  9. Completion of competent written reflection and oral interview panel.
  10. Competent paper portfolio.
  11. Competent presentation of professional portfolio to education students and faculty.
  12. Completion of the dispositions evaluation.

Any candidates who plan to enroll in the professional semester must make application to the Teacher Education Committee. For spring and fall placements, all application materials must be in the Department of Education by the last Monday in February of the previous academic year.

Students may challenge action taken during any phase of the admission or review process to the chairperson of the Department of Education. The department chair's decision may be appealed to the Dean of the College, whose action will be final.