Program RequirementsCriteria for Admission to Teacher Education
The College of Education regulates and monitors the admission policies for all undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. Admission to teacher education is a formal process in which certain criteria must be met, and the Application for Admission to Teacher Education must be completed and filed. Applications are processed by the Center for Teacher Preparation. This process must not be confused with admission to the University. All undergraduate teacher education majors will be classified as pre-teacher education students until they are formerly admitted into a professional teacher education program. Pre-teacher students will be restricted to a limited number of identified courses in teacher education prior to being officially admitted to a specific teacher education program.
Students seeking admission to any teacher education program must meet all of the following criteria:
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher for the general education component of undergraduate studies; or
- Have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 or higher;
- Have met all “Gordon Rule” requirements.
- Have a “C” or better in the required courses in their curriculum;
- Have successfully completed a pre-admission interview by the College of Education Admissions Committee;
- Have successfully passed a criminal background investigation.
- Have successfully passed all parts of the FTCE - General
- Knowledge Exam or CLAST (passing scores must be made before July 1, 2002)
- Students are fully-admitted to designated teacher education programs and/or classified as “Professional Teacher Education Majors in their respective degree program when these criteria are met”
- Since it is possible for students to apply for admission to teacher education at several points in their academic career, the following policies have been adopted for these variations:
- Students at Florida A&M University must complete the Application for Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program and file the same with the Center for Teacher Preparation for monitoring purposes.
- Students transferring from a community or junior college or another four-year institution with an AA degree or 60 or more hours should apply the first semester they are enrolled at Florida A&M University.
- Students who change their majors to teacher education after enrolling in other programs at Florida A&M University should apply at the same time they request a change of major.
- Students will be informed each semester as to their status towards admission into professional teacher education through the Center for Teacher Preparation.
Criteria for Admission to Student Teaching
Student teaching is a supervised classroom teaching experience in an accredited elementary or secondary school for a minimum of fourteen weeks. Prerequisites for participating in this culminating experience are as follows:
- Admission to teacher education (for students seeking degrees from Florida A&M University and for students seeking certification only);
- Completion of all courses with the exception of internship;
- File a “Pre-Application for Student Teaching;” in the Center for Teacher Preparation;
- Filing of a “Student Teaching Application,” in the Office of Student Teaching;
- Successful clearance on a criminal background investigation;
- Passing of all subtests of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (semester before student teaching);
- Ownership of the educational software to complete an electronic portfolio (as prescribed by the College of Education);
- Approval from the chair of the department to intern the semester prior to student teaching.
Application for student teaching must be approved the semester preceding the semester in which the student desires to complete the student teaching experience. Students will be required to adhere to published deadline dates.
Admission to teacher education and student teaching are administered through the College of Education’s Office of Student Services. Student teaching is required of all teacher education majors who seek completion of a state approved program.
- Florida Statutes require individuals applying for a Florida teaching certificate to be finger printed and to reveal all criminal history (Section 943.0585, F.S.) records, including sealed or expunged records.
- Students applying for admission to a teacher education program should reveal all criminal history records, including sealed or expunged records. Applicants approved to student teach will be required to pass a criminal background investigation prior to student teaching.
Students seeking program completion from FAMU’s state approved teacher education programs must successfully complete the following requirements:
- Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program;
- All course work with the required cumulative GPA of 2.50;
- Student teaching experience;
- A portfolio which documents mastery of the Twelve Florida Accomplished Practices;
- Pass all subtests of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (semester before student teaching);
- External Evaluation of satisfactory teaching ability; and
- Internal Evaluation of satisfactory teaching ability.
For admission and graduation requirements for graduate program please check the department webpage.