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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate

Undergraduate students at Alabama State University begin their matriculation in University College. They must complete their first “24” hours with a grade of “C” or higher, including English 131 and 132, at least Mat 136 prior to being transferred to the College of Education (COE). Following the transfer to the COE, students are assigned an academic advisor who works with them to ensure that they have met the appropriate steps to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

To be admitted to TEP, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 overall in accordance with ASU policy, 2.50 in professional studies listed on the ALSDE approved checklist for the program, and 2.50 in the teaching field listed on the ALSDE approved checklist for the program;
  • Have no grade below a “C” in any of the coursework completed on the ALSDE approved checklist;
  • Meet all requirements with no remedial courses;
  • Obtain a passing score on all three portions of the APTT—Part I
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Mathematics;
  • Complete EDU 100, EDU 300, and up to 3 additional professional studies courses that have been identified on the ALSDE approved curriculum checklist as being able to be taken prior to being admitted to the TEP;
  • Complete a satisfactory interview by department faculty to determine the student’s personal qualities, dispositions, and potential for teaching;
  • Present satisfactory LiveText portfolio submissions;
  • Receive at least three (3) recommendation letters with at least one (1) from an ASU professor that has taught the student;
  • Successfully perform in the pre-professional field experiences; and
  • Receive ABI/FBI Background Clearance.

 

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Alternative A

Graduate students in the Alternative “A” program must first apply for admissions to the School of Graduate Studies. The application is evaluated by departmental faculty: The following are minimum criteria for admission:

  • A bachelor’s or higher degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) overall of 2.50. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the degree granting institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree.
  • MAT or GRE scores;
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation;
  • GWCT score, if applicable; and
  • Documentation of either passing scores on the APTT—Part I or registration for the APTT—Part I.

Following this review, the applicant can either be denied, conditionally admitted to the School of Graduate Studies, or unconditionally admitted to the degree program. If conditionally admitted to the School of Graduate Studies, candidates will only be able to complete four (4) program courses prior to meeting requirements for unconditional admission.

To be unconditionally admitted, candidates must:

  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA on transcript used as basis for admission from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Complete 4x12 or 32/19, pure academic major, or pass appropriate Praxis II assessment;
  • Receive a passing score on all three portions of the APTT—Part I
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Mathematics;
  • Complete a satisfactory interview by department faculty to determine the student’s personal qualities, dispositions, and potential for teaching;
  • Receive three (3) professional recommendation letters; and
  • Receive ABI/FBI Background Clearance.

NOTE: ANY COURSEWORK TAKEN PRIOR TO UNCONDITIONAL ADMISSION BEYOND FIVE (5) COURSES ON THE ALSDE APPROVED CHECKLIST PRIOR TO UNCONDITIONAL ADMITTANCE WILL ELIMINATE THE STUDENT’S ABILITY TO BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM.

 

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Traditional Masters (Teaching Field)

Traditional Masters Programs are only available for students who have Class “B” certification issued by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). Prior to receiving a professional Class B certificate, students may only take the four (4) courses identified on the official SBE checklist.

For consideration in the program; applicants must submit:

  • The application;
  • All transcripts (a minimum of 2.5 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA as outlined on the transcript is required) from regionally accredited institutions;
  • MAT or GRE scores;
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation;
  • GWCT score, if applicable;
  • Copy of teaching certificate (an Alabama professional Class B certificate is required for admission to a traditional master’s certification program)
    • Admission to a traditional Class A Program for Teaching Fields requires a Class B professional educator teaching certificate in the same teaching field in which the Class A professional educator teaching certificate is sought, except for special education, English for speakers of other languages, and reading specialist.
      • English for speakers of other languages, reading specialist, and special education programs require a Class B professional educator certificate in any teaching field; and
  • Two years of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 setting for the reading specialist program.

NOTE: ANY COURSEWORK TAKEN PRIOR TO UNCONDITIONAL ADMISSION BEYOND THE FOUR (4) IDENTIFIED COURSES ON THE ALSDE APPROVED CHECKLIST THAT MAY BE TAKEN PRIOR TO UNCONDITIONAL ADMITTANCE WILL ELIMINATE THE STUDENT’S ABILITY TO BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM.

 

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Traditional Masters (Instructional Support Programs)

Traditional Masters Programs are only available for students who have Class “B” certification issued by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

For consideration in the program, applicants must submit:

  • The application;
  • All transcripts (a minimum of 2.5 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA as outlined on the transcript is required) from regionally accredited institutions;
  • MAT or GRE scores;
  • GWCT score, if applicable; and
    • Copy of teaching certificate
      • Admission to a traditional Class A program for areas of Instructional Support Personnel shall require a Class B or Class A professional educator teaching certificate in a teaching field or a master’s level certificate in another area of instructional support.
        • Admission to an Instructional Leadership Program also requires the following criteria:
          • A minimum of 3 full years of full-time, satisfactory professional educational experience in a P-12 setting is required for the Instructional Leadership program which must include at least one full year of full-time P-12 teaching experience; and
          • An admission portfolio prior to the interview which must contain the following:
            • 3 letters of recommendation to include the applicant’s principal or supervisor;
            • Completed copy (all forms) of the most recent performance appraisal to include the professional development component, if available;
            • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement;
            • Evidence of leadership and management potential, including evidence of most recent accomplishments in the area of educational leadership;
            • Summary of candidate’s reasons for pursuing instructional leadership certification; and
            • Summary of what the candidate expects from the preparation program.

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Educational Specialists and “AA” Programs (Teaching Field)

Educational Specialists and “AA” programs are only available for students who have Class “A” certification issued by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). Prior to receiving a professional Class A certificate, students may only take the four (4) courses identified on the official SBE checklist.

For consideration in the program; applicants must submit:

  • The application;
  • All transcripts (a minimum of 3.25 graduate GPA as outlined on the transcript is required) from a regionally accredited institution;
  • MAT or GRE scores;
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation;
  • GWCT score, if applicable; and
  • Copy of teaching certificate (a professional Class A certificate is required for admission to a Class AA certification program)
    • Admission to a Class AA Programs for Teaching Fields requires a Class A professional educator teaching certificate in the same teaching field in which the Class AA professional educator teaching certificate is sought, except as prescribed below:
      • A teacher with a bachelor’s-level professional educator certificate in early childhood education and a master’s-level professional educator certificate in reading may be admitted to a Class AA program in early childhood education, A teacher with a bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in elementary education and a master’s-level professional educator certificate in reading may be admitted to a Class AA program in elementary education.
      • A teacher with a bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in any teaching field and a master’s level professional educator certificate in English for speakers of other languages may be admitted to a Class AA program in the same teaching field for which the teacher holds a bachelor’s level professional educator certificate.
      • A teacher with a bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in English language arts and a master’s level professional educator certificate in reading may be admitted to a Class AA program in English language arts.
      • A teacher with a master’s level professional educator certificate in a teaching field may be admitted to a Class AA program in special education.

 

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Educational Specialists and “AA” Programs (Instructional Support Programs)

Educational Specialists and “AA” programs are only available for students who have Class “A” certification issued by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

For consideration in the program; applicants must submit:

  • The application;
  • All transcripts (a minimum of 3.25 graduate GPA as outlined on the transcript is required) from a regionally accredited institution;
  • MAT or GRE scores;
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation;
  • GWCT score, if applicable; and
  • Copy of teaching certificate (a professional Class A certificate is required for admission to a Class AA certification program)
    • Admission to a Class AA Programs for Instructional Support Personnel requires a Class A professional educator certificate in the instructional support field in which the Class AA Professional Educator Certificate is sought, and at least two full years of full-time acceptable experience.
      • Individuals seeking a Class AA Professional Educator Certificate in instructional leadership shall hold a master’s-level professional educator certificate as a superintendent/principal, superintendent, principal, supervisor, vocational administrator, educational administrator, or instructional leader.

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