Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria For Teacher Preparation Programs

Admission Criteria for Non-Teacher Preparation Programs

Admission Criteria for Teacher Preparation Programs

The following requirements must be satisfied in order to be admitted to Teacher Education:

1. Have a major leading to teacher certification. Thus, for example, if you are pursuing the early childhood education certification you should be majoring in Early Childhood Education or if you are pursuing the Spanish certification you should be majoring in Spanish with a concentration in Foreign Language Education. Whether your major is correct can be determined by viewing your transcript in Banner. Questions about whether your major is an approved teacher education program can be directed to the COEHS Advising Center at (229) 259-5502 or COE_advisingcenter@valdosta.edu.

2. Have earned an overall cumulative GPA at or above 2.75 if you declared your teacher education major on or after Fall 2014. If you declared your major prior to Fall 2014, see the table below for minimum GPA requirements for your program.

If Major Declared Prior to Fall 2014:

    • Art Education: 2.75 overall GPA
    • Early Childhood Education: 2.50 overall GPA if you declared this major prior to Fall 2012; 2.75 overall GPA if you declared after Fall 2012
    • French/ Foreign Language Education: 2.50 overall GPA
    • Health and Physical Education: 2.50 overall GPA
    • Middle Grades Education: 2.50 overall GPA
    • Secondary Education: 2.50 overall GPA
    • Spanish/ Foreign Language Education: 2.50 overall GPA
    • Special Education/ Deaf Education: 2.50 overall GPA
    • Special Education/ Early Childhood Special Education General Curriculum: 2.50 overall GPA if you declared this major prior to Fall 2012; 2.75 overall GPA if you declared after Fall 2012

Note: If you are not sure of the year you declared your major, you can find this in Banner under Student & Financial Aid>Student Records> DegreeWorks. Under the Student View section near the top of the page in DegreeWorks, you can find the term you declared your major identified as “Catalog” in the first column.

3. Have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours of coursework. If you declared your teacher education major prior to Fall 2014, you must earn a minimum number of 30 semester hours for admission.

4. Have either exempted or earned passing scores for all components of the GACE Program Admission Assessment (test numbers 200, 201, 202, or Combined Tests 700) OR GACE Basic Skills Assessment (Note: Assessment cost for all three tests is approximately $128). These test scores must also be posted on the "Teacher Education Admission Information" page in Banner in order to be admitted into Teacher Education. This upload is automatically completed by VSU Information Technology but if these test scores do not appear on the "Teacher Education Admission Information" page in Banner within one week of receiving your passing scores, please contact the COEHS Advising Center at (229) 259-5502 or COE_advisingcenter@valdosta.edu.

Minimum test scores needed to exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment and GACE Basic Skills Assessment are:

    • SAT: 1000 (Math and Reading)
    • ACT: 43 (Math and English)
    • GRE before August 1, 2011: 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative)
    • GRE on or after August 1, 2011: 297 (Verbal and Quantitative)

Note: If you are applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching for Middle Grades or Secondary Education, you must also pass the GACE Content Assessment and email the official score report(s) to COE_advisingcenter@valdosta.edu for admission into this program.

5. Have completed the GaPSC Educator Ethics Assessment – Program Entry (Note: Assessment cost is $30). This assessment score must also be posted on the "Teacher Education Admission Information" page in Banner in order to be admitted into Teacher Education. This upload is automatically completed by VSU Information Technology but if this assessment score does not appear on the "Teacher Education Admission Information" page in Banner within one week of receiving your scores for all modules, please contact the COEHS Advising Center at (229) 259-5502 or COE_advisingcenter@valdosta.edu.

Once you have met all of the requirements above, please submit an Application for Admission into Teacher EducationPlease note: You will also be required to earn a satisfactory grade ('S') in the admission to Teacher Education course (course "XXXX 2999," prefix varies based on program) in order to begin taking major courses. Be sure to register for this course once you have met the first three admission requirements above. If you have additional questions about this course, please contact the COEHS Advising Center at (229) 259-5502 or COE_advisingcenter@valdosta.edu.

Admission Criteria for Non-Teacher Preparation Programs

Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

  • Prior to taking any professional courses in the major, students must receive an 'S' in INTP 2998.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting is a rigorous program that prepares students to work as professional interpreters, ensuring communication access in a variety of settings wherever hearing and D/deaf or hard of hearing people come together. Our graduates go on to work in K-12 and post-secondary public educational settings, as well as other community, freelance, and staff interpreting positions.

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology
Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Psychology

  • Prior to taking any classes in the major, students must receive an 'S' in PSYC 2998 by completing 30 hours of credit, receive a 'C' or better in ENG 1101, ENGL 1102, PSYC 1101, and MATH 1111, 1112, 1113, or its equivalent, and have a 2.5 GPA. Transfer students may take PSYC 2998 concurrently with classes in the Psychology major, if they have successfully completed the above requirements at a prior institution.
  • These programs introduce students to the liberal arts and to Psychology as a scientific discipline, with content and methods able to improve the human condition. Each program in this department has numerous desired outcomes.