Teacher Education Programs
Teacher Education Programs

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Committee selectively admits and periodically evaluates students in the Teacher Education Program on the basis of scholastic aptitude and suitability for teaching. Admission into the University as a student does not automatically satisfy eligibility requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Eligibility for admission into the Teacher Education Program will be determined by regulations current at the time initial application is made for admission into the program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration by the Teacher Education Committee and approved for admission to the Teacher Education Program, each candidate must: 

  • Have not more than 9 hours of the General Education requirements remaining.
  • Have earned a “C” (2.0) or better in EDN 2100 (Introduction to Education) or the approved equivalent course.
  • Have earned a grade of at least a “C-“(C if the course was repeated) in all required professional studies core, content pedagogy and essential standards courses completed at the time of admission, with exception of EDN 2100, which requires a grade of “C.”
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) on a 4.0 scale on all prior college/university course work.
  • Meet the state established scores on Praxis I, Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Tests, SAT, or ACT.  An official copy of the scores must be sent to UNCP.  Students must meet the scores at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Teacher Education.
  • Satisfactorily complete an admission interview after completing all the above requirements.
  • Complete a Candidate for Professional Licensure (CPL) form.  CPL forms are available in the School of Education Licensure Office and on the School of Education website under Student Forms.

Students with disabilities who may require special accommodations should consult the Dean of the School of Education.

Students should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program when all of the requirements for admission have been met.  Applications are available in the School of Education Licensure Office and on the School of Education website under Student Forms.  Formal admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in many professional studies core, content pedagogy courses and essential standards courses. Students will receive written notification from the School of Education that their application for the Teacher Education Program is approved or disapproved by the Teacher Education Committee.  A student is not considered admitted to the Teacher Education Program until such notification is received.

Testing Requirement for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

State law requires that an undergraduate student seeking a degree in teacher education must attain passing scores on a pre-professional skills test prior to admission to an approved teacher education program in a North Carolina college or university. Students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program must satisfactorily complete the Praxis I Series, Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Tests, which includes subtests in reading, writing, and mathematics, or achieve the state established scores on the SAT or the ACT that allow individuals to be exempt from Praxis I testing requirements. Students must meet the required scores in effect at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The School of Education must receive an official copy of the scores before the student may be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Student copies of scores are not acceptable. For more information about testing requirements or other requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, students should contact the School of Education.

Continuation in the Teacher Education Program

If a candidate earns a course grade lower than "C-" in a professional studies core, content pedagogy, and essential standards courses; if a candidate's quality point average falls below a 2.5; or if a candidate's application for admission to the Professional Semester of the Teacher Education Program is disapproved for any reason, the candidate is suspended from the Teacher Education Program.  Candidates suspended from the program may not continue to progress in the program until the deficiencies are corrected.  Required professional studies core, content pedagogy, and essential standards courses in which a grade lower than a "C-" was earned must be repeated and a grade of "C' (2.0) or better must be earned.  Upon correction of the deficiencies, candidates suspended from the program must request reinstatement in writing from the School of Education.