Admission to Teacher Education

In order to be considered for admission to Teacher Education, candidates must have completed the following minimum requirements:

1. Coursework:

  •  At least 36 semester hours of accredited college coursework. (Some programs require at least 45 hours.)
  • ENGL 1101 and 1102 with grades of “C” or better. EDUC 2110* with a grade of “C” or better and a satisfactory field experience evaluation. (*Or provide proof of credit from an approved high school Georgia Pathways for Educators Program)

2. GPA requirements: 

  • Achieved a minimum, institutional (adjusted) or cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all coursework completed at Kennesaw State University. However, only candidates who have earned a KSU institutional (adjusted) or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met. Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer students with a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.75 (as used by KSU Admissions) may be considered for Teacher Education admission their first semester at KSU. Only candidates who have achieved a transfer cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be guaranteed admission when all other admission requirements have been met. After their first semester at KSU without Teacher Education admission, transfer students will be required to earn a cumulative or institutional (adjusted) KSU GPA as explained above.
  • No grade lower than “C” in Lower Division Major and Teaching Field courses as required by the programs in Teacher Education.

3. Register with the GaPSC to obtain a MyPSC account and GaPSC identification number.

4. Required Entrance Exams: 

  • Pass or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment Tests (200, 201 & 202 or combined test 700) regardless of matriculation date. The GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are comprehensive exams covering reading, writing, and mathematics. Regardless of matriculation date, the GACE Program Admission Assessment tests are a requirement for entrance into Teacher Education at Kennesaw State University. Candidates should plan to take the tests prior to applying to Teacher Education. Students with the following minimum scores on Collegiate SAT, ACT or GRE examinations may exempt GACE Program Admission Assessment by submitting proof of scores to the Certification Officer located in Education Student Services (ESS), KH 1314:
            SAT:
                    --at least 1000 “Critical Reading” + “Math” on tests before March 1
                    --2016 or 1000 “Evidence-based Reading and Writing” + “Math”
                               March 1, 2016 & after
            ACT:
                    --at least 43 (English and Math)
            GRE: 
                    --at least 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) 
                    --at least 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) 08/01/2011 and after
  • Complete the Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry exam (350)
  • Some Teacher Education degree programs have additional admissions requirements and applications processes. It is the candidate’s responsibility to consult those departments and program advisors regarding any additional policies.

Candidates who believe they qualify for an exemption outlined above should see the Certification Officer in Education Student Services (ESS) to establish and record the exemption. ESS can also provide further information concerning the GACE Program Admission at (470) 578-6105.

Any supporting documents (i.e., SAT or ACT exemption scores) must be submitted to Education Student Services (ESS) on or before the following deadlines:

Admission to Teacher Education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Candidates typically apply for admission to Teacher Education as sophomores after having completed most of their general education requirements. Applications for admission to Teacher Education should be submitted online through Owl Express under the “Stude Services” menu. Please note that programs may have additional admission requirements and applications.

A certified criminal history background check will be required in order to participate in field experiences prior to admission to Teacher Education. Additionally, once admitted to teacher education, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) will administer a criminal history background check before a Pre-Service Certificate can be issued. B-K and P-5 majors are also required to have a Bright from the Start background check. In the event candidates do not have clearance to enter the field through the appropriate background check, they will be required to drop the course for which the clearance is needed and/or they may be administratively withdrawn from such courses. Results of the criminal history background check at either level may preclude participation in a degree program leading to teacher certification. For more information on the background check processes and field placement policies, students should contact the office of Clinical Experiences, Placements and Partnerships (CEPP). CEPP contacts and policies can be found here: http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/centers/cepp.  Candidates should familiarize themselves with all CEPP policies and procedures prior to enrolling in courses with field or clinical experiences.

Admission to Teacher Education

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Application Deadline

1st day of Spring Semester — Summer Final Grades Due Date

1st day of Fall Semester— Fall Semester Final Grades Due Date

Applicants will be reviewed by ESS and by the program area of the applicant’s proposed degree program. All candidates who have met the requirements outlined above will be considered for admission. Only candidates who have achieved an institutional (adjusted) GPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed a place in their Teacher Education program of choice. Students with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates who have been denied admission must re-apply for subsequent semesters and meet the requirements in effect at the time of re-application for admission in order to be eligible for reconsideration for entry into Teacher Education. Candidates who are required to readmit to Kennesaw State University must re-apply for admission to Teacher Education and meet the requirements in effect at the time of re-admission.

Candidates will be informed of their admission status via their Kennesaw State University Student email account. (Candidates should check their KSU accounts regularly since they are used for official communication.) Candidates must enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted, or they must re-apply and meet the admission requirements for a subsequent semester.