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Admission and Application to Teacher Education Program

Admission Requirements for Teacher Education

The application for admission to a teacher education program may be submitted when the applicant has satisfied all of the admission requirements. Transfer students who have satisfied all the admission requirements should apply at the time of initial enrollment. Students making changes in degree programs within teacher education must reapply for teacher education.

  • Hours
    • Elementary education requires 42 hours completed, including all transfer and K-State credits.
    • Secondary education requires 50 total hours completed, including all transfer and K-State credits.
  • English Composition
    • Both Expository Writing I and II must be completed satisfactorily with a grade no lower than C (2.0).
  • Public Speaking
    • A grade of C or better is required in COMM 105, 106, or 109. Courses in interpersonal communication do not apply.
  • Quantitative Sciences
    • A grade of C or better is required in six credit hours of mathematics including college algebra, or a higher level of mathematics and a statistics course (for elementary education, MATH 160 is acceptable).
  • Overall Degree Program GPA
    • A 2.75 GPA is required in all attempted courses that meet degree program requirements, including all graded transfer and K-State credits. Probationary admission may be granted if the student has a 2.6 GPA and all other requirements are met. GPA must be 2.75 before the Professional semester.
  • Teaching Field GPA
    • A 2.75 GPA is required in all college work attempted in the required teaching field courses. (This includes work at K-State and other institutions.) Probationary admission may be granted if the student has a 2.6 GPA and all other requirements are met. GPA must be 2.75 before the Professional semester. Note: Elementary education majors do not have a teaching field.
  • Early Field Experience
    • Early field experience is completed in EDCI 230. This experience includes 40 hours of observation in a classroom.
  • Testing
    • A composite ACT score of 22 or higher is required for admission to preprofessional studies in Teacher Education. All applicants, including transfer students, are required to submit ACT scores, including the composite score as well as scores in reading and mathematics.
    • Applicants with an ACT score below 22 can be admitted to preprofessional studies in Teacher Education provisionally on the basis of evidence of potential success in the program and as a K-12 teacher. Provisional admission can be lifted upon completion of all other requirements for full admission to Teacher Education.
    • Applicants who have never taken the ACT can be admitted provisionally for one semester pending submission of an ACT score.

Application to the Teacher Education Program

If you have completed the admission requirements, you should apply immediately for admission into the teacher education program.

Application deadlines:

  • To early enroll for summer or fall professional classes, apply by February 15.
  • To early enroll for spring professional classes, apply by October 1.

When the applications are approved, students are notified of their acceptance into the respective teacher education professional program. Students who do not meet the requirements will be notified of the options available to them. If you are seeking licensure and are enrolled in a college other than the College of Education, you must apply for admission to teacher education and complete the licensure program prescribed by the College of Education.

→ Online Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your advisor.


Program Requirements

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
    • The Elementary Education program prepares students to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade in self-contained classrooms.
  • Secondary Education (7-12)
    • The Secondary Education program prepares students to teach in grades 6 through 12. Secondary educators teach in high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools. Secondary teachers prepare to teach in one or more content areas.
  • Educational Studies
    • The Educational Studies program prepares successful candidates to participate in shaping and making educational policy, working with youth in non-school settings, preparing for international teaching, or participating in the entrepreneurial realm.