conditions must be met in order to apply for admission to any College of
Education program. Students can enter the College of Education as an
or graduate student.
Accumulate a minimum of 48 credits (no more than 75 credits)
QPA = 2.8 or better (must be 3.0 by graduation)
Successful completion of 6 credits college level math (113 or
Successful completion of 6 credits of English (1 composition &
Successful completion of the School-Based Observation Experience (completed
during SEFE 200)
20 contact hours with school-age children in a diverse setting documented and approved by advisor
Proof of passing scores on PRAXIS I
Note: A preparation
course is offered at BC3. Also, additional PRAXIS
tests will be required for your area of certification before student
Clear (no record) on Act
34 Criminal History Record Check
Clear (no record) on Act
151 Child Abuse History
Clearn (no record) on
Negative TB screening (before student teaching)
In addition, you will want to obtain a copy of the "Teacher
Education Policy Manual" and a copy of the requirements for your area of
You must submit a completed admission application, signed by a
faculty advisor, during the semester of your 48th credit (no
later than 75 credits).
November 1 and April 1 are admission application deadlines each
year. The application is available in McKay Education Building.
Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited
institution may qualify for initial certification or an endorsement to an
existing teaching certificate by completing prescribed requirements in one
or more of the approved undergraduate programs.
An application for a post-baccalaureate program must be submitted to the
university's Undergraduate Admissions Office where the candidates'
previous work is reviewed. Following this review, the candidate will be
notified of his/her admission status. Work that is dated, especially in
pedagogy, may not be accepted and the candidate may be required to retake
such courses. Candidates accepted for admission as post-bac students will
be informed of program requirements to be completed to obtain
certification in the desired area.
Admission to post-bac study requires
minimum undergraduate QPA (Quality Point Average), no record on
clearances, a supervised field experience, and passing scores on the Praxis I exam
during their first twelve credits of study.
Benefits of post-baccalaureate work include: earning an initial or
additional certification, obtaining an additional degree, making a
certificate permanent, or personal enrichment. At the start of the
post-baccalaureate education, candidates must state their intention for
their program. Those candidates pursuing an additional degree must earn a
minimum of 36 credits beyond their initial baccalaureate degree. To add an
additional major or minor to an existing baccalaureate degree requires
earning an additional degree.
Admission to all programs is determined on a space available basis and
some programs may not be open to admission. Candidates are encouraged to
speak to the chair of the department to ascertain departmental admissions procedures.
Rock University also provides a graduate program for students interested
in teaching science and math at the secondary level.
To receive a teaching certificate in math or science, the candidate
must first earn a bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in a math or science area and
then complete a Master of Education Degree for secondary teaching
certification. For more information
on this program, please consult the SEFE
Graduate Programs webpage.