Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

The Council of Educator Preparation Programs selectively admits and periodically evaluates students in the Educator Preparation 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 Educator Preparation Program. Eligibility for admission into the Educator Preparation 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 Council of Educator Preparation Programs and approved for admission to the Educator Preparation Program, each candidate must: 

Undergraduate Requirements

  1. Have completed 24 hours of General Education courses.

  2. Have earned a “B-” (2.7) or better in EDN 2100 Introduction to Education or the approved equivalent course.   

  3. Have earned a grade of at least a “C-“(C if the course was repeated) in all required professional studies core, content pedagogy and content courses completed at the time of admission, with exception of EDN 2100, which requires a grade of “B-.”     

  4. (WAIVED from May 4, 2020 - June 30, 2021)  Have at least a 2.7 cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) on a 4.0 scale on all prior college/university course work. 

  5. (WAIVED from May 4, 2020 - June 30, 2021)  Meet the state established scores on Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT. An official copy of the scores must be sent to UNCP. Students must meet the scores in effect at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Educator Preparation Program [see next section for details]

 6.  Complete a Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Admission Form in Taskstream

Taskstream

Students with disabilities who may require special accommodations should consult with the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

Students should apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program when all of the above requirements for admission have been met. (LIMITED PROGRESSION NOTE: Formal admission to the Educator Preparation Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in many professional studies core, content pedagogy, and content courses.)

Students will receive an email with an official letter of acceptance from the School of Education that their application for the Educator Preparation Program is approved or disapproved by the Council of Educator Preparation Programs. A student is not considered admitted to the Educator Preparation Program until such notification is received.

Testing Requirement for Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

WAIVED from May 4, 2020 - June 30, 2020

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 educator preparation program in a North Carolina college or university. Students seeking admission to the Educator Preparation Program must satisfactorily complete the Praxis Core Series, 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 Core testing requirements. Students must meet the required scores in effect at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. The School of Education must receive an official copy of the scores before the student may be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program. Student copies of scores are not acceptable. For more information about testing requirements or other requirements for admission to the Educator Preparation Program, students should contact the School of Education.

Continuation in the Educator Preparation Program

If a candidate earns a course grade lower than "C-" in a professional studies core, content pedagogy, and content courses; if a candidate's quality point average falls below a 2.7 (2.7 gpa waived from May 4, 2020 - June 30, 2020); or if a candidate's application for admission to the Professional Semester of the Educator Preparation Program is disapproved for any reason, the candidate is suspended from the Educator Preparation 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 content 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.

 

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