Office of Student Services

Admission to professional education

Criteria and Procedures

To be eligible for advanced professional admission to a teacher licensure program, a student must demonstrate:

  1. Current enrollment in the Judith Herb College of Education. Students should apply for admission to professional education no later than the fifth semester of full-time enrollment. 
  2. Completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours of approved course work, including pre-professional education courses and 12 hours in residence.
  3. Cumulative GPA (for transfer students, a higher education GPA) of at least 2.7; UT GPA of at least 2.7.
  4. Completion of pre-professional education courses with a grade of C or higher and a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  5. Core math completed with a passing grade.
  6. Core composition II completed with a grade of C or higher
  7. Students must have a cumulative GPA in their major/licensure area(s) of at least 2.7
  8. Mastery of reading, writing and mathematics skills as evidenced by minimum scores (at least 50thpercentile) on one of the following standardized assessments:  ACT, SAT, or the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core). See below. 
  9. Acceptable progress in licensure content courses or published criteria.
  10. Prior experience with appropriate populations in schools and agencies based on satisfactory completion of introductory courses/seminars, letters of support and/or portfolios.
  11. Effective communication and interpersonal skills based on early experiences, introductory course/seminar(s), ratings from professionals in the field and/or interview ratings. 
  12. Verification of good moral character as stipulated by the state of Ohio. Students will not be allowed to continue in a teacher education major or participate in a field experience if they have pleaded guilty to, have been found guilty of, or have been convicted of a criminal offense listed in R.C. 3319.31 or R.C. 3319.39. Students should refer to a list of the rules and statutes in the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code that are applied by the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education. All rules and statutes listed will result in removal from all teacher education programs.
  13. Completion of additional published program admission criteria, if any.   

Students should contact their adviser or department chair for assistance.  

Information on Testing Requirements 

Part of the criteria for admission to Professional Education (and graduate-level licensure programs) is to demonstrate mastery of reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Students must present test scores at or above the 50th percentile from ONE of these standardized assessments: ACT, SAT, GRE, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators.

Below are acceptable minimum scores (current scoring scale) on these nationally normed assessments:

a. ACT, as follows

Math - 21; Reading - 21; Writing - 6

b. SAT, as follows

Math - 532; Reading ("Evidence-Based Reading and Writing") - 543; Writing ("Essay - Writing Dimension") - 5

c. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) 

    • Mathematics (test code 5732): minimum score 150
    • Reading (test code 5712): minimum score 156
    • Writing (test code 5722): minimum score 162

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Praxis

1.  What is Praxis?

General information is available at www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/ 

2.  Can I register online?

Yes, register at www.ets.org/praxis/register/

3.  Where can I access the Praxis Information and Registration Bulletin Online?

Download the latest edition at www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/praxis_information_bulletin.pdf

4.  Where can I find help understanding my scores?

A guide to understanding your scores is available at www.ets.org/praxis/scores/understand

5.  Is interactive Praxis test preparation available?

Yes, please review your options at www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/

6.  Where can I take the Praxis tests?

You are able to take the Praxis tests at any approved test sites (see ETS web site). The closest to campus: Prometrics, 1745 Indian Wood Cr, Maumee OH

Register early to reserve a date!

7.  Is on-campus assistance available for Praxis preparation?

Yes, please review the Spring 2018 Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) workshop schedule.  Click here

8. Are there practice exams I could take?

Yes, the College is partnering with TeachersTestPrep.com to offer free practice tests.  This will give you an idea of what the exams are like, and give you feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.  If you would like to take the practice tests please contact Assoc. Dean Richard Welsch - richard.welsch@utoledo.edu 

Study books are also available in the Carver Center

 

 

Last Updated: 4/24/18