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having met the admissions requirements to the Professional Education Unit/Teacher Education will be administratively withdrawn from class(es).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 will be obtained from the College of Education and completed with the Academic Advisor for processing and submission. Candidates are encouraged to register for the GACE Program Admissions Test while enrolled in EDUC 2110: Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education.
Requirements for Admissions
The College of Education is a professional college. Therefore, the College 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:
- 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.
- Completion of EDUC 2110, ENGL 1101 and 1102 and MATH 1111 (or equivalent) with grades of “C” or above.
- Proficiency in written communication as demonstrated in EDUC 2110, 2120, and 2130.
- Commitment to abide by the Professional Standards Commission’s Code of Ethics.
- An acceptable history of professional dispositions and criminal background.
- Completion of EDUC 2199 Orientation to Teacher Education.
- GACE Program Admissions Test
- GACE Ethics
- Background Check
- Satisfactory completion of unique requirements of the specific program applied to and approval by the corresponding program coordinator. This may include specific achievement tests or physical performance requirements.
Guidelines for GACE – Program Admissions Testing Program
The College of Education has established the following guidelines regarding the GACE Program Admissions Test:
- Candidates must successfully pass or exempt the GACE Program Admissions Test before formal admission to the Professional Education Unit.
- Candidates should register for and take the GACE Program Admissions Test while enrolled in EDUC 2110.
- Candidates who have not successfully passed or exempted the GACE Program Admissions Test should register for the Mastery Learning elective(s) and/or attend Supplemental Instruction sessions to receive intensive GACE Program Admissions preparation in targeted areas of weakness.
- Candidates should submit their official GACE scores to their Academic Advisor.