SAFE: Admission to Teacher Education
The School of Education undergraduate programs are organized into three phases as described below. Candidates are required to meet Phase II admission criteria in order to be officially admitted to the School of Education and move forward with professional education courses.
Phase I: Core Curriculum
The required core curriculum is based on freshmen and sophomore level coursework in English, social and behavioral science, mathematics, science, humanities and fine arts. The core curriculum ranges from 41 to 45 hours depending on degree program.
Phase II: Teacher Education Program
Requirements for admission to Phase II (Teacher Education Program) include:
- Completion of core curriculum
- Overall grade point average of 2.75 (Note: Students with a core grade point average of 2.75 may petition for admission to Phase II.)
- Passing scores on Praxis I: PPST (Pre-professional Skills Test)
- PPST Reading – 170
- PPST Writing –172
- PPST Math – 169
- NEW passing scores on Praxis I: PPST (Pre-professional Skills Test)
- Praxis I Reading (0710 or 5710) – 172
- Praxis I Writing (0720 or 5720) – 173
- Praxis I Math (0730 or 5730) – 172
- Please note: Praxis I (PPST) tests taken after September 1st, 2012 must meet the "new" scores identified above.
Exemption: Students who provide proof of an SAT scores of at least 860 or an ACT scores of at least a 21 overall composite with no scores lower than 18 in the other 4 subject areas are exempt from taking the Praxis I.
Courses EDCI 352 and EDSP 308 are the only professional education courses that may be taken prior to admission to Phase I. Elementary Education majors may also take EDRD 355. A minimum grade of "C" in all professional education courses is required.
Phase III: Student Teaching
The core curriculum must be complete. Additionally, a minimum grade of "C" in all graded professional education courses is a prerequisite to the next level of education courses and student teaching. All professional education courses, with the exception of those required during student teaching must be completed prior to admission to student teaching. All courses in general education, content and related fields must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" prior to admission to student teaching.