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Admissions

Admission to Teacher Education Programs


Admission, continuation and retention criteria are designed to provide evidence of candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions, scholarship, interpersonal, communication skills, and commitment to working with P-12 students. The Candidate is encouraged to submit an application at the beginning of the sophomore year and is admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the second semester of his/her sophomore year.

Criteria for Admission to Undergraduate Programs

Teacher Education Programs and Educational Studies

The following criteria must be met: 

    • An overall GPA of 2.5 or better. 

    • Passing Praxis I/GACE I scores or provide evidence of meeting 
      the exemption criteria for Praxis I/GACE I as established by the
      Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

    • Grade of "C" or better in CENG 105 and 106, Speech, CMAT
      103 and 104, or CMAT 105 and 106, or CMAT 111 and 112.
 
    • Student Appraisal Forms completed by two instructors, one of
      whom must be a Department of Curriculum faculty member. 

    • Satisfactory responses to an interview with an admissions
      committee comprising faculty of the Department of Curriculum,
      public school representatives, and Arts and Sciences faculty,
      verified by an Interview Rating Form. 

    • Satisfactory clearance on the criminal background check. 

    • Completion of an Admission to School of Education packet.

Admission to Postbaccalaureate Programs

Admission to the postbaccalaureate nondegree, certification program requires the following: 

    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 
      grade point average of not less than 2.5. Some programs may
      vary from this requirement in keeping with PSC guidelines. 

    • Submission of official transcripts. 

    • Submission of at least two letters of recommendation: One must 
       be from a professor in the applicant's most recent degree
       program; the other should be from applicant's current or former
       supervisor or employer or from a program alumnus and/or 
       community education stakeholder. 

    • Submission of passing scores on the Praxis I/GACE I test of basic
       skills. This requirement will be waived for applicants who meet
       the exemption criteria for Praxis I/GACE I established by the
       Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

    • Completion of application package for admission to the University.

Admission to the Certificate Program in Educational Leadership

Admission to the certificate program in Educational Leadership requires the following:
 
    • A baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average of
       not less than 2.5. 

    • A master's degree in a subject field related to the work of P-12 
       education. 

    • A certificate in a P-12 teaching or service field granted or 
      accepted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

    • Submission of official transcripts. 

    • Submission of at least two letters of recommendation: One must 
      be from a professor in the applicant's most recent degree 
      program; the other should be from applicant's current or former 
      supervisor or employer or from a program alumnus and/or 
      community education stakeholder. 

    • Completion of application package for admission to the University.

Admission to Advanced Degree Programs

Advanced Programs


All candidates admitted to advanced programs in the School of Education must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Candidates must submit the application, undergraduate and graduate higher education transcripts, GRE test results, resume, three letters of recommendation, statement of intent.

These documents must reflect that the candidates possess high levels of intellectual functioning, effective communication skills, critical thinking proficiency, strong commitment to P-12 education, and dispositions supportive of multicultural education and learning in urban schools.

Letters of recommendation should be from a professor of the applicant's most recent degree program, and a recent employer, or an alumnus of the program or from an education stakeholder. In addition, a statement of intent should indicate how the program will assist the applicant in meeting his/her professional goals.

Admission to Master's Programs

In addition to general School requirements detailed previously, applicants to the master's degree program must meet the following criteria: 

    • Have earned a minimum 2.6 GPA on undergraduate work. 
      Departments may have higher GPA requirements. Candidates may 
      meet this requirement by taking one course at the graduate level 
      in each of the following four areas: computer science, policy 
      studies, information resources, and technical writing, and earn a 
      cumulative GPA of 3.0. These courses may be taken at the 
      undergraduate and/or the graduate level. If taken at the graduate 
      level, where relevant to the graduate program, no more than two 
      of these courses may be used to satisfy program requirements. 

    • Present a minimum composite score of 650 on any two parts of 
      the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. 

    • Offer an undergraduate record showing sufficient preparation in 
      general studies and a major supportive of the program area of 
      application.

Admission to the Specialist Degree Program

In addition to general School requirements detailed previously, applicants to the specialist degree program must meet the following criteria: 

    • Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher 
      education. 

    • Have earned a 3.0 GPA in the most recently completed advanced 
      degree program. 

    • Present a composite score of at least 700 on any two parts of 
      the GRE General Test. 

    • Hold fifth-year certification in the program area of application. 

    • Have had at least one year of successful school experience.

Admission to the Doctoral Degree Program

In addition to general School requirements detailed previously, applicants to the doctoral degree program must meet the following criteria: 

    • An undergraduate record showing sufficient preparation in general 
      studies. 

    • An approved master's degree from an accredited institution. 

    • A 3.0 GPA on the most recently completed degree program. 

    • A composite score of at least 750 on any two parts of the GRE 
      General Test.