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SAFE

Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences

Admission to Teacher Education

Undergraduate students seeking admission to the teacher education program in the College of Education and Health Professions at CSU should begin the process during their sophomore year of study. Post-baccalaureate students seeking admission should begin the process during their first semester of study. Appropriate forms can be obtained in the Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences (SAFE) (Frank Brown Hall, Rm. 2000).

Admission to the Teacher Education program requires completion of all of the following:

Undergraduate

  • Completion of EDUC 2130 (or approved equivalent) with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of 45 earned semester hours in the core with an overall GPA of 2.50 or better on all transcripts and a CSU GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Maintain a CSU and overall GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests.
  • Completed FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Download and complete a copy of the Requirements for the Reporting of Offenses.
  • Purchase a subscription to TK20 for $110 for 7 years. Attach a receipt or print screen with current TK20 account information to your application.  https://columbusstate.tk20.com/
  • Complete the Program Entry level (350) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Complete Pre-Service Certificate Application
  • Never been removed or denied admission to teacher education or student teaching from another institution.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

*Undergraduate Petition for Appeal

Students must submit to the Office of COEHP SAFE a completed appeals packet by the last business day of the month in order to be considered at the next meeting. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. Only complete packets will be considered . If your packet is incomplete at the time of the Undergraduate Council meeting, it will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting once all information has been provided. See forms at left for packet.

Post-baccalaureate

  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.50 on all work attempted (minimum of 30 credit hours) or
  • CSU GPA of 2.50 on 9 hours of education coursework at CSU to include EDUC, EDCI, and SPED classes.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests. (You must have a 2.50 CSU GPA prior to student teaching/internship)
  • Completed FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Purchase a subscription to TK20 for $110 for 7 years. Attach a receipt or print screen with current TK20 account information to your application.  https://columbusstate.tk20.com/
  • Complete the Program Entry level (350) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Complete Pre-Service Certificate Application
  • Never been removed or denied admission to teacher education or student teaching from another institution.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Student GPA Calculation: The  Post-Bac student's Grade Point Average (GPA) will be calculated using only the undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework that is applicable to the declared certification program of study (e.g., Secondary Science  Education). This calculate GPA must be 2.50 or higher in order for the student to be admitted to Teacher Education. Post-Baccalaureate Student Progression and Completion: The Post-Bac student must maintain an overall PROGRAM GPA of 2.5 or higher, counting only those courses that apply to the post-bac certification, throughout his/her program of study in order to remain in and complete the program .

Masters

  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.50 on all work attempted (minimum of 30 credit hours) before admission into the Graduate College of Education and Health Professions.
  • Satisfactory performance on all three parts of the GACE Program Admission examination or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores
  • Complete the Program Entry level (350) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment. 
  • Completion of a satisfactory FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record, and no discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.  Instructions and applications for the FBI background check can be found at safe.columbusstate.edu or can be picked up in Jordan Hall, Room 107.
  • Purchase a TK20 subscription.  Attach a receipt or print screen with current TK20 account information to your application.  The cost is $110 for a seven year subscription.  https://columbusstate.tk20.com/
  • Health and PE majors only:  Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Have not been removed, withdrawn, or denied admission to a teacher education program or student teaching.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program
  • Before you are admitted to Teacher Education, you must complete a Pre-Service Certification Application which can be completed in the SAFE office.  Please bring your driver's license with you for identification.

 

Retention in the Teacher Education Program

A review of student records is conducted each semester by the appropriate personnel to determine whether a student is eligible to continue in the Teacher Education Program. Retention is based on the following:

Maintain a CSU and Overall 2.50 grade point average.  If the grade point average falls below the requirement, the student has one semester to raise their grade point average. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirements after that semester must take additional courses other than the ones required for admission to teacher education. Students must earn not less than a C in field and professional courses. Only 10 percent of the professional and field courses maybe repeated at Columbus State University or another accredited college. Correspondence courses will not be accepted in field or professional courses.  Students who fail to complete a degree program after three years from date of admission to Teacher Education will be excluded from the program and required to re-apply under current admission policies.