Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education

Students declaring an interest in teacher education should enroll in EDUC 2002 "Orientation to Teaching," a course designated to acquaint students with the many facets of teaching as a profession. Upon completion of the minimum requirements, a student may make formal application to enter the Teacher Education Program.

 

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education are:

Completion of 30 semester hours;
Maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5, with a 2.5 for the last 24 semester hours;
Successful completion of the following courses or their equivalents with a grade of "C" or better:
IDS 1013 Rhetoric and Public Speaking;
IDS 1113 Writing I;
IDS 1213 Writing II;
IDS 1223 Mathematics in the Modern World;
Successful completion of the Oral English and Hearing Screening (See the "Schedule of Classes" for dates);
Positive recommendations from three faculty members, and one public school teacher or administrator;
Satisfaction of the Admission Test requirement (See Teacher Education Handbook for details).Satisfaction of the English Proficiency Requirement (See Teacher Education Handbook for details). 

It is highly recommended that students take all four courses required for admission to Teacher Education during their freshman year so as to be eligible for admission during their sophomore year. Students not admitted to the program during their sophomore year will have difficulty completing the program in the most expedient manner as they cannot enroll in upper division EDUCATION courses until they are admitted to the program.

 

 Steps for Admission to Teacher Education are as follows:

  1.  The student will secure an application packet from the Education Office (Gary Hall 106) and follow the attached instructions;
  2. Once the application has been completed and signed by the student's advisor, the student must sign up in the Education Office to appear before the Screening Committee. Generally, the deadline for accepting COMPLETED applications is the first Friday of each month. (View application deadlines for the year 2012-2013).
  3. The student must appear before the Screening Committee at the appointed time AND bring the required materials. Candidate characteristics examined by the Screening Committee include: emotional stability, personal appearance, ability to speak and write correctly, adherence to professional ethics, personal integrity, and scholarship. Students are told at that time whether certain weaknesses exist and, if so, suggestions and recommendations are made to the student for correction;
  4. The Screening Committee will then make a recommendation to the Teacher Education Committee;
  5. The Teacher Education Committee will consider the recommendation and take action; and
  6. The student and his/her advisor are then notified in writing of the action of the Committee.

 All students admitted to Teacher Education are issued an identification card and a letter acknowledging that they have been admitted to the program, as well as the date that they were admitted. NOTE: It is very important that students retain these records for future reference and documentation of their admittance to the program.

A student rejected by the Committee may appeal the decision by pursuing the steps outlined under 'Appeals Procedures' in the Teacher Education Handbook.

 

Students with a bachelor's degree wishing to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program should follow the steps listed below:

  1.  Fulfill all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program (the Admission Test requirement is met by the Bachelor’s Degree);
  2. Complete the Admission to Teacher Education packet and have application forms, including recommendations, signed and on file in the Education office;
  3. Interview with the Screening Committee;
  4. The Screening Committee will then make a recommendation to the Teacher Education Committee;
  5. The Teacher Education Committee will consider the recommendation and take action; and
  6. The student and his/her advisor are then notified in writing of the action of the Committee.

 

Alternative Admission to Teacher Education

A student may also be eligible for admission to Teacher Education according to the following requirements:

Completion of a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of college credit in an accredited institution of higher education five (5) or more years prior to application for admission to teacher education;

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last thirty (30) semester hours of college work;

A minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of required courses in the area of specialization with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;

Satisfy the Oklahoma General Education Test requirement; and;

Meet all other minimum requirements except the 2.5 overall GPA requirement