Students must successfully complete course work to receive degree credit for a specified program of study. We strongly encourage students to seek advisement in the Department of Education prior to applying.

Admission Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

Candidates admitted to the Early Childhood undergraduate educator preparation programs complete a standards-based program of study composed of between 125 and 134 semester hours. These programs of study are all organized around three major components: core curriculum courses; content courses; and professional education courses, including field experiences and the clinical internship.The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is a rigorous curriculum that requires candidates to complete a number of courses, field experiences, and a clinical internship. Following is a description of the admission process, required professional courses and field experiences leading to recommendation for certification and graduation. Faculty members encourage prospective candidates to seek advisement in the department prior to applying for admission. To be admitted to the EPP, prospective candidates must have:

Admission to Student Teaching

Student Teaching is the capstone experience that provides opportunities for candidates to apply theories in classroom settings. The candidates must:
  • Submit an application for student teaching to the advisor one semester prior to student teaching. 
  • Complete all pre-student teaching course requirements in the major field with a grade of "C" or better and a GPA of 2.50 or better. 
  • Have at minimum a cumulative GPA of 2.50. 
  • Submit a clear background check, including an FBI check. 
  • Submit personal/professional dispositions matrices at a rating of "Acceptable." 
  • Provide proof of membership in a professional education organization (e.g., GAE-SP). 
  • Provide a passing score on the GACE II Test of Content Knowledge Examination in their area of preparation, or on the state required licensure test.