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 generally apply for admission to professional education during their fourth 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 50th percentile) 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 advisor or department chair for assistance.  Admission to professional education is competitive. 

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.
Note:  Seats in professional education are limited. Students without acceptable test scores by May 1 (for fall admission) will only be able to move forward in the program if seats are available. 

Below are acceptable minimum scores (current scoring scale for Spring 2021 & Fall 2021 admissions) on these nationally normed assessments:

  1.  ACT, as follows
    Math - 21; Reading - 21; Writing - 6
  2. SAT, as follows
    Math - 532; Reading ("Evidence-Based Reading and Writing") - 543; Writing ("Essay - Writing Dimension") - 5
  3. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
    • Mathematics (test code 5732 or 5733): minimum score 156
    • Reading (test code 5712 or 5713): minimum score 156
    • Writing (test code 5722 or 5723): minimum score 162

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Praxis

1.  What is Praxis?

General information is available at 

2.  Can I register online?

Yes, register at

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

Download the latest edition at

4.  Where can I find help understanding my scores?

A guide to understanding your scores is available at

5.  Is interactive Praxis test preparation available?

Yes, please review your options at

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

A remote testing option is available during the pandemic.  Register for the "Praxis at Home" option.

Register early to reserve a date!

7.  Is assistance available for Praxis preparation?

  • Yes, please review the Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) workshop schedule.  Click here
  • Study books are also available in the Carver Center - 3000 Gillham Hall
  • Kahn Academy Videos - aligned to content on the Math Core exam. Click here
  • NEW - Khan Academy Modules  Free, official test preparation for reading, writing, and math tests

8. Are there practice exams I could take?

Yes, the College is partnering with 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 - 




Last Updated: 11/3/20