Admission into Teacher Education

Clinical Practice Criteria for Teacher Candidates

  1. Have a major leading to teacher certification.

  2. Have earned at least 30 semester hours.

  3. Have achieved the appropriate GPA (see below).

    American Sign Language/ASL/2.5 Kinesiology/Physical Education/KSPE/2.5
    Communication Disorders/CSD/3.0 Middle Grades/MGED/2.5
    Deaf Education/DEAF/2.5 Early Childhood-Special Education/ECSE/2.75
    Early Childhood/ECE/2.75


  4. Have met University System Regents' requirement ("D" or higher in ENGL 1102).

  5. Have passed GACE Basic Skills Assessment or exempted with scores of SAT-1000 (Verbal and Math), ACT-43 (English and Math), CLAST (minimum scores of Essay-6, English Language-295, Reading-295, and Mathematics-295), GRE before August 1, 2011- 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) and GRE on or after August 1, 2011 - 297 (Verbal and Quantitative)

  6. Successful completion of appropriate "2999" or "2998" course.

    CSD 2999 KSPE 2999
    DEAF 2999 MGED 2999
    ECSE 2999 INTP 2998
  7. Undergo a criminal background check at your local police or sheriff's department processed under Purpose Code W. Present a current copy (no older than a year) of the results to the COEHS Student Advising Center in room 1020 in the Dewar College of Education and Human Services. You can also obtain a criminal background check from the Valdosta City Police Station located at 500 North Toombs Street which takes about a week to process or at the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office located at 120 Prison Farm Road which will process while you wait.  For further information concerning the criminal background check, read about moral turpitude.

  8. Have professional liability insurance. Insurance can be purchased online. SPAGE and GAE are acceptable.