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Entrance Requirements for BA in Secondary Education

Students who wish to teach at the secondary level must complete 24 credits of coursework or a major in the subject they would like to teach as well as the major in secondary education.  Specific information regarding the requirements for a teaching major may be obtained from the Education Department office.

  • Candidates for the secondary licensure track must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better to be admitted to the program.  They are expected to have a 3.0 average or better in their subject field.
  • Candidates for secondary licensure must obtain a passing score on the PRAXIS Core test of basic skills, administered by the Educational Testing Service, before they take a secondary methods course. A minimum total score of 448 or higher is required.  The minimum acceptable score for the reading subtest is 138; the minimum score for the writing subtest is 142; the minimum acceptable score for the mathematics subtest is 115.
  • A written or phone recommendation from a University faculty member who knows the student well is required for admission to the secondary licensure program.  In addition, applicants submit a brief statement of purpose. A personal interview with a member of the faculty of the Department of Education may be requested.
  • Candidates for secondary licensure must complete a minimum of 15 hours of field experience before formal admission to the teacher education program.  Field experience is included in coursework prior to secondary methods.
  • Licensure candidates may take up to 18 credits of coursework (the minor requirement) in education before being formally admitted to the teacher education program, though it is recommended that they go through the admissions process as soon as possible.
  • International applicants to the secondary licensure program are required to have the equivalent of a TOEFL score of 600 on a standardized test of the English language.

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