Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to Yearlong Clinical ExperienceStudents who apply for admission to any of Kennesaw State University’s initial teacher preparation programs must have completed, or be in the process of completing, the following minimum requirements:

1.  Apply for Admission:

  • Submit an online application through Owl Express, under the “Student Services” menu
  • Apply as early as the beginning of the Sophomore year
  • Apply while enrolled in courses required for admission

2. Coursework:

  • Must have, or be completing, 36 semester hours of accredited college coursework (KSU and transfer credit, if applicable)
  • 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)

3. GPA requirements is a 2.5: 

  • Kennesaw State University institutional (adjusted) or cumulative GPA
  • Transfer students:
    • Admitted prior to establishing a KSU GPA – Based upon the cumulative transfer GPA, as used by KSU Admissions. Cumulative Transfer GPA must be 2.5 for admission to teacher education
    • Admitted after establishing a KSU GPA – Based upon the newly established KSU GPA. KSU institutional (adjusted) or cumulative GPA must be 2.5 for admission to teacher education
  • No grade lower than “C” in Lower Division Major and Teaching Field courses as required by the programs in Teacher Education.

4. Register with the GaPSC: Click Here on How to Create MyPSC account and GaPSC identification number.

Dates to Remember

  • Students Seeking Admission for Fall Semester
    • Application Window: February 1-March 15
    • Application Requirements (may be enrolled in EDUC 2110 during current Semester):
      • Early Admission: April 1 (necessary to register for courses requiring admission)
      • Regular Admission: May 1
      • Late Admission (**ONLY for transfers or students taking EDUC 2110 or ENGL 1102 during the Summer semester): July 15

  • Students Seeking Admission for Spring Semester
    • Application Window: September 1-October 15
    • Application Requirements (may be enrolled in EDUC 2110 during current Semester):
      • Regular Admission: October 15

  • Establishment of a MyPSC account, completion of the Educator Ethics – Program Exit (test code 370) exam and submission to the PSC of the Verification of Lawful Presence Affidavit must all be completed by the dates noted above.

  • All candidates who have met the requirements outlined above will be considered for admission.

Admission decisions:

  • Will be made by Bagwell Undergraduate Admission staff and possibly the program area of the applicant’s proposed degree program
  • Will be made on a rolling basis, with weekly reviews, of applicants who are pending completion of an admission requirement
  • Will not be made before the 4th week of the application be open
  • Will be sent to KSU student email addresses
  • Are fixed to the semester of application
    • Not enrolling in the semester of admission, results in requirement to reapply for a subsequent semester
    • Denied applicants must reapply for a subsequent semester, if admission requirements might be met

Candidates who are required to be readmitted to Kennesaw State University must re-apply for admission to Teacher Education and meet current admission requirements.

Once admitted to teacher education, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) will administer a criminal history background check before issuing the required Pre-Service Certificate. B-K and PK-5 majors will also be required to have a Bright from the Start background check. Should a student not be issued the PSC Pre-Service Certificate or does not pass 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: Candidates should familiarize themselves with all CEPP policies and procedures prior to enrolling in courses with field or clinical experiences.