Admission Requirements


Formal admission to the study of Teacher Education is a mandatory requirement.  All candidates pursuing initial Teacher Certification must be admitted to the Professional Education Unit/Teacher Education.  This includes candidates who are pursuing bachelor degrees via an approved Teacher Education Program, and post-baccalaureate students who are seeking initial or additional Induction Level certification as teachers.  Candidates are not eligible to take 3000 and 4000 level Education courses or Student Teach until admitted to the Professional Education Unit/Teacher Education.  Candidates enrolling in 3000 and 4000 level Education courses without having met the admissions requirements to the Professional Education Unit/Teacher Education will be administratively withdrawn from class(es). 

Application for Admissions

An Application for Admission to the Professional Education Unit can be obtained from the Department of Teacher Education and completed with the Academic Advisor for processing and submission. Candidates are encouraged to register for the GACE Program Admissions Assessment while enrolled in EDUC 2110: Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education.

Requirements for Admissions

The Department of Teacher Education offers professional degrees. Therefore, the Department must take formal action for candidates desiring entry into the study of Teacher Education.  The following criteria must be met to gain Admission to the Professional Education Unit/Teacher Education:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours from areas A, B, C, D and E of the Core with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  2. Completion of EDUC 2110ENGL 1101 and 1102 and MATH 1111 (or equivalent) with grades of “C” or above.
  3. Proficiency in written communication as demonstrated in EDUC 2110, 2120, and 2130.
  4. Commitment to abide by the Professional Standards Commission’s Code of Ethics.
  5. An acceptable history of professional dispositions and criminal background.
  1. GACE Program Admissions Assessment
  2. GACE Ethics Entry
  3. Criminal Background Check
  4. Satisfactory completion of unique requirements of the specific program applied to and the approval by the corresponding program coordinator and department chair. This may include specific achievement tests or physical performance requirements.

Guidelines for GACE – Program Admissions Assessment Program

The Department of Teacher Education has established the following guidelines regarding the GACE Program Admissions Assessment:

  1. Candidates must successfully pass or exempt the GACE Program Admissions Assessment before formal admission to the Professional Education Unit.
  2. Candidates should register for and take the GACE Program Admissions Assessment while enrolled in EDUC 2110.
  3. Candidates who have not successfully passed or exempted the GACE Program Admissions Assessment should speak with an Advisor for additional resources to be successful.
  4. Candidates should submit their Admissions Packet to their Academic Advisor.