Admission to Teacher Education Program

For purposes of admission to the teacher education program, test scores are valid for up to 10 years from the date the test was taken. Any ACT, PPST or Core test scores more than 10 years old will not be accepted.

Candidates who do not hold a Bachelor's degree must meet current passing PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test) scores

  • Reading = 173
  • Writing = 172
  • Math = 172

or Core (CASE) test scores

  • Reading = 156
  • Writing = 162
  • Math = 150

or have ACT scores of 22 in Math - Total Score, English - Total Score, and Reading - Total Score

General Education courses completed with grade of "C" or higher:

  • English Composition I and II
  • Fund. of Oral Communication
  • College Algebra or higher
  • Elements of Statistics

Candidates who do not hold a bachelor's degree must have achieved a cumulative 2.75 GPA including a minimum of 36 hours of General Education credit.

Candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university must have achieved a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of college credit OR have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Candidates must have completed the following pre-professional education courses with a grade of "C" or higher:

  • Foundations of Education
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • Early Field Experience (Secondary Education)
  • Children's Literature (Elementary Education)

Completion of a Background check (valid for 4 years from the time the check is completed-Policy G.3). If prior charges are shown, the COET Background Check Committee will determine entry in the program, per COPTSP Policy G.3.

Verification of a recent negative TB skin test (test valid up to 4 years prior to the date the applicant is admitted to the program).

Introduction Video - Submission of an acceptable Professional Introduction Video through TK20 (see guidelines here). **The Professional Introduction Video requirement has been suspended as a requirement for applications submitted July 1, 2018, or later.

Approval for admission to Teacher Education by the Council on Preparation of Teachers and School Personnel, including approval from the candidate's department and having met all departmental requirements.

Candidates who, after submitting an Application to Teacher Education, have not taken coursework in a two year time span, must reapply to the program by completing a new Application to Teacher Education and must meet current program requirements.

Candidates must meet requirements of Policy G.2 Disposition Assessment of Initial and Advanced Candidates

Admission to teacher education is not based solely on the above criteria. Other factors such as a history of repeating course(s), dispositions, etc. will also be considered.




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