Students must be formally accepted into the School of Education prior to enrolling in most upper division School of Education courses. Applications for admission into the School of Education and for admission to student teaching are filed in the School of Education office on or before October 1, February 1, or May 1 of each academic year.
Application for admission into the School of Education is completed no sooner than the second semester of the sophomore year. The application process includes (1) satisfactory scores on the ACT or the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test; (2) an interview with School of Education faculty; (3) reference screening; and (4) in keeping with Kentucky Department of Education policy, completion of a State Police background check, including a fingerprint check. The applicant must also achieve and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and have successfully completed two of the following three professional courses: Edu 204, Edu 255, Psy 300.
Application for student teaching is completed the semester prior to the student teaching experience. Prerequisites include (1) completion of required course work; (2) submission of a professional portfolio; (3) recommendation of faculty in area of certification; and (4) a grade point average of at least 2.50 overall, in professional courses, and in the major area of concentration. A current health form is required of all student teacher applicants.
Applications for admission into the School of Education and for admission to student teaching cannot be made during the same semester.