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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Department of Education, students must first be admitted to the University of Charleston.

Program Admission

Students who have gained general admission to the University of Charleston and wish to be admitted to the Department of Education take courses during the first two years at the institution that meet Liberal Learning Outcomes and satisfy Education core requirements. To be officially admitted to the Department of Education, the student must:

  • Have completed 60 hours of coursework by the end of the semester in which they apply
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75 in professional education courses, content area, and overall (certification area degrees)
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 in professional education courses, content area, and overall (non-certification area degrees)
  • Have passing Praxis I (PPST in reading, writing and math) scores on file (or an ACT score of 26 or above or SAT score of 1170 or above).  Not required for non-certification degrees.
  • Have submitted results of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test as a freshman (no further testing will be required)
  • Complete all freshman-level portfolios (COMM 101, 102, 103, UNIV 101, UNIV 102 (or UNIV 203 if a transfer student), UNIV 112, and UNIV 111 with passing grades
  • Complete Application for Admission to the Education Program and Panel Interview while taking EDUC 299, Theories of Learning and Teaching
  • Participate in the Admission to the Education Department Process, which includes an interview conducted by Arts and Sciences faculty and public school educators
  • Submit portfolio prior to panel interview including:
    • Letter of introduction
    • Current resume
    • Sample lesson plan
    • Philosophy of education
    • One field experience evaluation
    • Professional learning experience artifact and reflection
    • Technology work sample
    • Work sample from an Arts & Sciences course

Upon completion of the Admission to the Education Department Process, students are fully admitted fully, provisionally admitted, or denied admission to the Department of Education. The student has two semesters to clear all deficiencies.

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