Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria For Teacher Preparation Programs

Admission Criteria for Psychology

Admission Criteria for Teacher Preparation Programs (effective Fall 2014)

  1. Have a major leading to teacher certification.

  2. Have earned at least 45 semester hours.

      1. Have achieved the appropriate overall GPA (see below).

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


  3. Earned a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102; credit by exam assumes a grade of "C" or higher.

  4. Have passed GACE Program Admission 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)

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

      ARED 2999 FLED 2999
      CSD 2999 KSPE 2999
      DEAF 2999 MGED 2999
      ECSE 2999 MUED 2999
      ECSE 2999 INTP 2998
  5. 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 COE Student Advising Center in room 1020 in the Dewar College of Education. You can also obtain a criminal background check from the Valdosta City Police Station (500 North Toombs Street)- takes about a week to process  or the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office (120 Prison Farm Road)- processes while you wait.  For further information concerning the criminal background check read about moral turpitude.

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

Admission Criteria for Non-Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology
    Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Psychology

These programs introduce students to the liberal arts and to psychology as a scientific discipline, with content and methods able to improve the human condition. To be admitted to the Psychology program you must have completed 45 hours of coursework in the core and earned at least an overall GPA of 2.5. You must also earn a "C" or better (> 2.5 GPA) in each and every required psychology course. Each program in this department has numerous desired outcomes.