Students seeking to obtain degrees in teaching must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program. Admission into the Teacher Education Program normally needs to take place prior to the end of the sophomore year. This process involves meeting all requirements of admission and satisfactory completion of the admissions process.
In order to be eligible to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Attain a minimum passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Exams (reading >/= 156, writing >/=162 and math >/=150).
- Attain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50. Program of Study students must have a minimum of 3.0 overall in courses for their Program of Study.
- Complete specific courses with a grade of "C" or better in each of the following: ENG 1003 Freshman English I, ENG 1013 Freshman English II, MATH 1023 College Algebra, ECH/MLED 2002 Intro to Educational Technology, ECH/MLED 2022 Introduction to Teaching, and SCOM 1203 Oral Communications or their equivalents from another university/college.
- Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours.
- Complete an evaluation of Career Decision Awareness (aptitude test).
- Write a two-page double-spaced typewritten philosophy of education. This normally will be completed as one of the requirements for the Introduction to Teaching class.
- Complete the On-line Registration for Screening form to schedule where and when you will screen.
- Complete the Application for Admission form with all required supporting documents.
- Fill in your portion of the Application for Admission Screening Checklist and attach it to the front of your Application for Admission packet.
- Read the Professional Behavior Plan. Include a signed copy of the signature page in your packet.
- Schedule a time to meet with your advisor and have him/her check over your Application for Admission packet and fill in his/her portion of the Application for Admission Screening Checklist.
- Turn in your completed and signed Application for Admission packet (packet should include the application page, a completed career awareness assessment, current transcripts, and philosophy of education). Packets should be turned into the Screening Coordinator as designated on the campus you will be attending no later than 5 working days prior to your appointment date.
- You will receive a reminder about day/time/location of the interview prior to the date IF your packet has been received by the Coordinator AND you provide a working email address.
- Appear before the Department Screening Committee at your scheduled location, date and time for your screening interview.
- If you are from campus other than ASU - Jonesboro, you must go through admissions into ASU - Jonesboro, prior to being allowed to register for Teacher Education classes after successful admission into the Teacher Education Program. For those students entering into ASU-J and entering into the Teacher Education program at the same time, recognize you will need TWO sets of official transcripts – one for the ASU-J Registrar for your admission to the University and one for your admission to Teacher Education packet.
You will receive a formal letter of acceptance into the Teacher Education Program from the Professional Education Programs Director after your application has been processed and verified.
Official admittance to the teacher education program does not carry a guarantee of continuance in the program. In addition to the retention checkpoints (see the current Teacher Education Handbook), you must maintain academic proficiency, moral responsibility, emotional stability, and satisfactory professional growth (see Professional Behavior Plan) to continue in the program.