Academics: Majors and Programs

Admissions Process for Teacher Preparation

Who Should Apply?

  • You have taken EDU 206 or You are currently enrolled in EDU 206
  • You are seeking Teacher Certification in one of the following program:Early Childhood Education; Secondary (Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics or Political Science); or P-12 – Spanish

Please Note

  • Students who plan to seek teacher certification must be admitted to a Teacher Certification Program in the Education Department
  • Students seeking teacher certification who have not been admitted to a Teacher Certification Program will not be permitted to enroll in any Teacher Certification Program courses other than EDU 206

Admissions Criteria

The Education Department encourages early identification of students who plan to seek Teacher Certification. Students are advised to apply for admissions to a Teacher Certification Program during the fall semester of their sophomore year and no later than the spring semester of their sophomore year.

  1. ESP Application for Admission to a Teacher Certification Program
  2. Passing score on GACE Program Admissions Assessment or proof of exemption based on one of the following (verification must be provided):

    • SAT Score >1000 (combined total on Verbal and Math)
    • ACT Score >43 (combined total on English and Math)

  3. Education Philosophy Essay (typed, double-spaced)
  4. Three Recommendations (one must be from a faculty member in the Education Department)
  5. A Current Official Transcript that verifies:

    • Successful completion of EDU 206 (final grade of C or better in each course)
    • Minimum of 30 credit hours of college coursework
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or above

  6. A successful interview with members of the Professional Education Committee
  7. A rating of proficient (3.0) or higher on the Behaviors & Characteristics of Professional Educators Rubric as assessed by the EDU 206 instructor
  8. Proof of Liability Insurance (GAE-SP)
  9. GaPSC PreService Certification