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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. Submit documentation of a completed physical exam, TB test and Kentucky State Police criminal background check for working with minors, all dated within one year prior to admission to teacher education.
  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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 Last Modified 8/8/14