Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria For Teacher Preparation Programs

Admission Criteria for Non-Teacher Preparation Programs

Admission Criteria for Teacher Preparation Programs

  1. Have a major leading to teacher certification.

  2. Have earned at least 30 semester hours if major declared before Fall 2014.  Have earned at least 45 hours if major declared Fall 2014 and beyond.

      1. Have achieved the appropriate overall GPA (see below effective Fall 2014 and beyond).

        Art Education/ARED/2.75 Early Childhood-Special Education/ECSE/2.75
        Communication Disorders/CSD/3.0 Foreign Language Education/FLED/2.75
        Deaf Education/DEAF/2.75 Kinesiology/Physical Education/KSPE/2.75
        Early Childhood/ECE/2.75 Middle Grades/MGED/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 2999/2998 KSPE 2999
      DEAF 2999 MGED 2999
      ECSE 2999
  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 Science in Education Degree with a Major in American Sign Language/English Interpreting

  • Prior to taking any professional courses in the major, students must recieve an 'S' in INTP 2998.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting is a rigorous program that prepares students to work as professional interpreters, ensuring communication access in a variety of settings wherever hearing and D/deaf or hard of hearing people come together. Our graduates go on to work in K-12 and post-secondary public educational settings, as well as other community, freelance, and staff interpreting positions.

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

  • Prior to taking any classes in the major, students must recieve an 'S' in PSYC 2998 by completing 30 hours of credit, receive a 'C' or better in ENG 1101, ENGL 1102, PSYC 1101, and MATH 1111, 1112, 1113, or its equivalent, and have a 2.5 GPA. Transfer students may take PSYC 2998 concurrently with classes in the Psychology major, if they have successfully completed the above requirements at a prior institution.
  • 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. Each program in this department has numerous desired outcomes.