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.

1

TEACHER EDUCATION APPLICATION
Complete the application for admission to the College of Education teacher education program.  uca.edu/ocs/teacher-education-application/

 

2

BACKGROUND CHECK
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 uca.edu/ocs/background-checks/early-field-experiences/

3

FOUNDATION COURSEWORK
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

4

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCY
Complete one of the following:

  • Passing scores on all sections of the Educational Technology Competency Exam
  • Earn “C” or better in an approved technology course (e.g. EDUC 1240, CSCI 1300, or MIS 2343). (Approved courses focus on the Microsoft Office suite and basic technology competency – NOT computer programming or hardware.)
  • Be enrolled in the STEM Education Minor (STEMteach)

5

BASIC SKILLS PROFICIENCY
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 score of 24+
  • [Beginning Sept. 2016] ACT English subscore 22+ and Writing Score 8+ with composite score 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.

6

GRADE POINT AVERAGE
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

7

CANDIDATE REVIEW
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


For completion by Transfer Students ONLY.
Submit the following information if you are requested to do so.  Transfer Student Information Form

 

Candidate Fee and Program Information

Candidates admitted to the teacher education program will be assessed a fee of $250.00 to cover costs incurred in early field placements and Internships I and II. This fee will be due at the beginning of the semester (January or August) following full admission to the teacher education program.

 

The Office of Candidate Services will observe the following deadlines for the application process. Candidates are encouraged to submit all documentation for admission prior to the established deadlines.

 

To be able to enroll in upper division professional education courses during the early registration period, candidates should note the following deadlines:
  • To be admitted in the spring semester — Complete the admission process no later than October 1 of the preceding fall semester.
  • To be admitted in the fall semester — Complete the admission process no later than March 1 of the preceding spring semester.