COE

Admission to Teacher Education Program

Admission and Retention in the Teacher Education Program

UNDERGRADUATE

In order to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), an undergraduate student must have:

  1. Earned a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better on all Georgia Southern course work as well as any transfer and transient hours which have been accepted by Georgia Southern. Those students who hold a B.A. or B.S. degree must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on all coursework.
  2. Earned a minimum of 50 semester credit hours in Core Curriculum courses including Area F Professional Education Block courses.
  3. Completed Area A1, Area A2, and Area F course work (including the Pre-Professional Block) with a minimum grade of “C”.
  4. Completed a MyPSC account with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and claimed Georgia Southern University as the program provider.
  5. Successfully completed the GACE Program Admission Assessment (formerly Basic Skills Assessment) examination or be exempted by SAT/ACT/GRE scores.
  6. Completed the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350).
  7. Successfully completed the Pre-Professional Block TEP Admissions Folio Review.
  8. Earned a passing evaluation on Area F field experience rubrics. Any student who does not successfully complete the field component of the Area F courses may apply through the Office of Initial Educator Preparation and Assessment to attempt this field experience again. This field experience will be repeatable as field placements are available and must be completed successfully within three attempts, including the original attempt.
  9. Submitted proof of liability insurance.
  10. Apply for and receive a Preservice Certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/ssc/certification.
  11. Maintain an active account with the College of Education’s electronic assessment and data management system.

All of the following requirements must be met for retention in the Teacher Education Program at the undergraduate level:

  1. Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.
  2. Students must maintain a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or better on all professional education and all teaching field course work.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all professional education and all teaching field course work.
  4. Students must successfully complete all field experiences.
  5. Students must not have been found in violation of the Georgia Southern Student Conduct Code. Reviews will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the seriousness of the violation and with regard to consistency.
  6. Students must not have violated the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Code of Ethics for Professional Educators. Students must abide by this Code of Ethics and report any violations to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
  7. Students must be making satisfactory progress toward meeting program objectives. Program faculty will be responsible for monitoring student progress and providing guidance to students who may be having difficulty meeting retention requirements.
  8. Students must maintain liability insurance.
  9. Students must maintain an active account with the College of Education’s electronic assessment and data management system.

GRADUATE

In order to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a graduate student must have:

  1. Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better on all previously attempted coursework.
  2. Earned a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher on all teaching field course work.
  3. Completed English composition and college algebra courses (or equivalents) with a minimum grade of “C.”
  4. Successfully completed the GACE Program Admission Assessment examination or be exempted by SAT/ACT/GRE scores.
  5. Successfully completed the appropriate GACE Content Assessment examination. (Not required for MAT Concentration in Special Education.)
  6. Successfully completed the TEP Admissions Folio Review during Step One of the program.
  7. Earned a passing evaluation on TEP Admissions field experience rubrics during Step One of the program. Any student who does not successfully complete the field component of the required course(s) may apply through the COE graduate studies office to attempt this field experience again. This field experience will be repeatable as field placements are available and must be completed successfully within three attempts, including the original attempt.
  8. Successful completion of writing sample and interview, if applicable (see Transfer Student Plan available from the College of Education’s Student Success Center.)
  9. Submitted proof of liability insurance.
  10. Completed a criminal background check.
  11. Opened an active account with the College of Education’s electronic assessment and data management system.
  12. Created a MyPSC account with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider.
  13. Completed the Georgia Educator Ethics-Program Entry (350).
  14. Received a Preservice Certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards.

All of the following requirements must be met for retention in the Teacher Education Program at the graduate level:

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, in the MAT program.
  2. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all professional education and all teaching field course work.
  3. Students must successfully complete all field experiences.
  4. Students must not have been found in violation of the Georgia Southern Student Conduct Code. Reviews will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the seriousness of the violation and with regard to consistency.
  5. Students must not have violated the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Code of Ethics for Professional Educators. Students are provided a copy upon admission and must sign a statement agreeing to abide by this Code of Ethics upon admission into TEP.
  6. Students must be making satisfactory progress toward meeting program objectives. Programs will be responsible for monitoring student progress and providing guidance to students who may be having difficulty meeting retention requirements.
  7. Students must maintain liability insurance.
  8. Students must maintain an active account with the College of Education’s electronic assessment and data management system.

Last updated: 1/28/2019

Department of Elementary and Special Education • PO Box 8134 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5203