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Requirements for Admission to Professional Education

The following are required of all students seeking admission to professional education:

  1. File an application for admission to professional education.
  2. File a statement indicating no convictions or pending charges on a felony or a sexual misconduct misdemeanor.
  3. The candidate must submit a completed physical, TB screening and a Verified Credentials background check, all dated within one year of submission.
  4. Submit an appropriate photograph for the teacher admission file.
  5. File a statement indicating a commitment to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel.
  6. Complete teacher admission standardized testing requirement for demonstration of basic skills by satisfying the indicated cut-off score(s) for one of the following (GRE test option is for graduate students only):
    • The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) with minimums of 156 in Reading, 162 in Writing, 150 in Math.
    • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum Verbal score of 150 and a minimum Quantitative score of 143 along with an Analytical Writing score of at least 4.0.  

Required of undergraduate students (in addition to the requirements for all students):

  1. Attend a Teacher Education Admissions Orientation session.
  2. Achieve the required minimum GPA of 2.75 overall.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication by attaining a minimum grade of "C" in COMM 145 or 161 (or approved equivalent course).
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in written communication by attaining a GPA of at least 2.5 in ENG 100 and ENG 300 (or approved equivalent courses), with neither grade lower than a "C" (English credit earned with an Advanced Placement score of 3 or higher, ACT English score of 29, SAT Verbal score of 620, or CLEP proficiency will be accepted as equivalent to a "B").
  5. Obtain three favorable faculty recommendations from instructors of designated courses.
  6. If not on iCAP, submit a copy of an approved written degree program for a program leading to initial certification.

Required of applicants seeking a second baccalaureate degree or certification-only for initial certification (in addition to the requirements for all students):

  1. Document a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75 (counting all course work completed at the time of admission to teacher education), or a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 30 hours.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication, either by attaining a minimum grade of "C" in COMM 145 or 161 (or approved equivalent course); OR by documenting a minimum undergraduate degree GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in written communication, either by attaining a GPA of at least 2.5 in ENG 100 and ENG 300 (or approved equivalent courses), with neither grade lower than a "C" (English credit earned with an Advanced Placement score of 3 or higher, ACT English score of 29, SAT Verbal score of 620, or CLEP proficiency will be accepted as equivalent to a "B"); OR by documenting a minimum undergraduate degree GPA of at least 2.75.
  4. Obtain three favorable faculty recommendations from instructors of designated courses.
  5. Submit a copy of an approved written degree program or certification-only program for a program leading to initial certification.

Required of graduate students seeking initial certification (in addition to the requirements for all students):

  1. Document a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75 (counting all course work completed at the time of admission to professional education), or a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 30 hours including undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. Submit a copy of an approved program of studies (Form B/C) for a program leading to initial certification.

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