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Admission to the Teacher Education Professional Program

In order for students to take professional teacher education courses, they must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Professional Program (see Chart). Students enrolled in ED 200 Introduction to Teaching declare their intent to enter the Teacher Education Professional Program by filing the Initial Declaration of Intent card with the Education Office. In order to formally apply for admission, students must complete at least 48 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.50 or higher*.

The following courses should be completed BEFORE formal application to program (interview).
   1. A developmental psychology course - PSY210, 215, 220 (depending on major)
   2. Educational Psychology - ED336
   3. Introduction to Teaching - ED200

Complete and submit an Admission to Professional Program Portfolio, take the Praxis I:Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST); and interview with university faculty members. The Department of  Teacher Education (DTE) is responsible for making final decisions regarding admission of students to the Teacher Education Professional Program.

Application typically occurs during the second semester of the sophomore year or immediately upon transfer at the upper level from another institution of higher education. Students must be admitted to program at least one semester prior to any Practicum or Student Teaching experience.

*NOTE: Students admitted to teacher education must earn or have previously earned a grade of "C-" or better on all courses required in their teacher licensure program (courses listed on the program planning form) including courses taken at other institutions. Course(s) transcripted below a "C-" must be re-taken and a grade of "C-" or better earned prior to graduation and/or licensure completion.

Admission To Teacher Education Professional Program Steps:
Accumulate 48 semester credits with a CGPA of 2.50 or higher.
Take the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). Information available at the ETS Website or in the Education office.
Submit the Admission to Teacher Education Professional Program Portfolio to advisor for review at least 2 weeks before the submission deadline.
Finalize and submit the Admission to Teacher Education Professional Program Portfolio to the College of Education office according to the guidelines presented in ED200 and by the due date as published andcommunicated.
Sign-up for an interview time with the College of Education office; interviews are scheduled for October/November, March/April. Other times  (May or August) are by special arrangment only.
Sit for an interview with university faculty members.
Students are notified in writing of the actions taken by the Department of Teacher Education (DTE). Students who are denied admission to the Teacher Education Professional Program may appeal the decision to the Chair of the DTE who will appoint a committee of three faculty members to review the action and make a recommendation to DTE regarding the appeal. The DTE will act on the recommendation and notify the student regarding the appeal.

Other requirements:
A minimum of eight semester credit hours of coursework in residence is required before a student may register for a student teaching experience.

The Department of  Teacher Education reviews the status of all students in the Teacher Education Professional Program each semester. Students must maintain a CGPA of 2.50 to remain in the Teacher Education program.

A CGPA of 2.50 in professional courses is required for graduation. Students seeking licensure at the secondary or K-12 levels must maintain a 2.75 CGPA in their academic teaching major. These are the minimum grade point averages for placement into a student teaching experience. In addition, content coursework must be completed.

Satisfactory Progress in Teacher Education
Any student who has been admitted to the Teacher Education Professional Program and voluntarily discontinues as a student, is withdrawn from or fails a Practicum or Student Teaching experience, is dropped from the Professional Program. In such a case, the candidate must reapply in order to seek readmission no later than the semester prior to any subsequent clinical experience.