Admission and Progression Policies
A student who applies to the education program may be offered either Provisional or Full Admission in accordance with the levels described below.
Level I: Provisional Admission
This is the first level of admission for the student who wishes to proceed in teacher education with the intent to seek a degree and/or initial certification. A student who is admitted at level I may register for any non-restricted education course. These include all 200 level courses and ED 301, 302, 304, 310 and LA 301 and 301. Courses for which Level I or II admission is required are designated on the program of study.
To be provisionally admitted upon application, the student must:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Have taken and earned no grade below a “C” in EN 101 and EN 102
- Have taken and earned no grade below a “C” in the Math core course
- Have taken the GACE Basic Skills Assessment or exempted
- Declare a major in education.
The decision to grant Provisional or Level I admission is entirely at the discretion of the department’s admissions committee, and may depend on the candidate’s test scores, recommendations, introductory portfolio and/or course taking patterns.
If a candidate is provisionally admitted, the conditions of admission will be specified in the admissions letter, with a timeline for achieving full admission. Candidate progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester in accordance with the progression policy and the terms of the admission .
Level II: Full Admission
Full admission is required before a student can enroll in any restricted 300 or 400 level education courses. The student will receive written notification of the admission status from the Teacher Education Admissions Officer. For Georgia students seeking the Promise Scholarship, full admission is the only status that will meet the current requirement that a student be admitted into a Teacher Education program.
To be fully admitted, a student must:
- Meet all criteria for provisional admission (see above).
- Have passed all education courses taken and have earned no grade below a "C" in any courses required for the major as indicated on the program of study.
- Have passed all GACE Basic Skills criteria with a score on each test that reflects the minimum score set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students may be exempt from this requirement if they provide official documentation of qualifying scores on any of these tests: SAT, GRE, ACT as defined by the Professional Standards Commission. Required passing scores are listed in the Teacher Education Handbook.
- Declare a major in education.
In order for a student to continue in the Teacher Education Program and to register for restricted education courses, he/she:
- Must meet and maintain all requirements for Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
- Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, with a minimum of 2.25 in every content area.
- Must maintain a 2.75 GPA or better in all education courses required for the major.
- Must comply with his/her timetable for completing required courses.
- Must successfully complete all education courses. A student who receives a grade below "C" in more than 2 education courses will be dismissed from the Teacher Education Program.
- May repeat only 2 education courses. A specific teacher education course may be repeated only one time.
- Must have positive recommendations from each required field experience in order to advance in the sequence of field experiences. Field experience placements must meet all diversity of placement criteria.
Transfer Student Admission Policy
Undergraduate transfer degree seeking or non-degree seeking students who wish to enter the Teacher Education program must meet all criteria for Level I as outlined and must be accepted into the program before registering for courses. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in education course work at Truett including ED 340 before they will be eligible for clinical practice.
An application for readmission is required for students who wish to enroll in the education program after an absence of more than one semester (summer excluded). Readmission is approved for all students who were in good standing during the term they last attended. If a student's record indicates a GPA below the admissions criteria for his/her particular program, the application for readmission will be reviewed by the appropriate Teacher Education Admissions Office. Students who have withdrawn from any education program at Truett will be allowed to re-enter the program from which they withdrew provided they were in good standing during the term they last attended and provided they meet the readmission criteria outlined in the University Catalog. Readmitted students must meet any new program requirements instituted since their withdrawal regardless of the length of time between their original admission to a Teacher Education Program and their readmission.