Admission Requirements

Gate 1: Approval To Enroll in Professional Education Courses

Candidates seeking admission into the teacher education program will initiate the process for admission in the Office of Candidate Services (OCS) in Mashburn 119 upon completion of minimum requirements mandated by the Arkansas Department of Education and the University of Central Arkansas. Full admission will not be granted to candidates enrolled in prerequisite courses until those courses are successfully completed. Admission is required for enrollment in designated upper division professional education courses.

The following minimum requirements must be met for admission to the teacher education program. Individual programs may have further requirements for admission.


Complete the application for admission to the College of Education teacher education program.



Candidates applying for admission or participating in a field experience must have an approved background check. Background check forms will be distributed by the instructors in courses with a field component.  For more information, go to


Complete the following courses (or approved equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better:

  • WRTG 1310 and WRTG 1320
  • COMM 1300
  • MATH 1360, MATH 1390, or above (Some majors require MATH 1390 or above.)
  • Introductory Education Course(s)
    • For Secondary, K-12, and Middle Level majors – EDUC 1300
    • For Elementary and Special Education majors – ELSE 2300
    • For STEM Education Minors – STEM 1100, STEM 1101, and STEM 1301


Demonstrate basic skills proficiency through one or a combination of these options:

Submit passing scores on the Praxis Core

Submit minimum scores on the ACT

  • ACT Reading subscore of 22+ with composite score of 24+
  • [Before Sept. 2016] ACT English with Writing subscore of 22+ with composite of 24+
  • [As of Sept. 2016] ACT English subscore 22+ and Writing Score 8+ with composite of 24+
  • ACT Mathematics subscore of 22+ with composite score of 24+

For more information about using ACT scores or for information about using SAT scores, click here.

For resources to help prepare for the Praxis Core, click here.


Meet one of the following:

  • Minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA on all coursework attempted with at least 45 credit hours and at least 12 credit hours earned at UCA.
  • Minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA with an earned A.S.E. (or equivalent) from an approved UCA 2 plus 2 partner.  Note: Not all two-year degrees are a part of the 2 Plus 2 program.  The eligible 2 Plus 2 programs are listed here.


Complete one of the following:

  • Receive a satisfactory review which may include candidate interview, faculty recommendations, or other measures to determine the candidate’s dispositional and academic readiness for the teacher education program.
  • Earn an A.S.E. (or equivalent) degree from an approved UCA 2 plus 2 partner


Recommended Admission Deadlines

To be able to enroll in upper division professional education courses during the early registration period, candidates should note the following deadlines:
  • To participate in the early registration period for spring semester — Submit requirements #1-6 no later than October 1 of the preceding fall semester.
  • To participate in the early registration period for the fall semester — Submit requirements #1-6 no later than March 1 of the preceding spring semester.