Admission to Teacher Education

During their sophomore year, candidates must apply for acceptance into the teacher education program of their choice. Transfer students should apply upon immediate acceptance to the University. 

In order to be considered for admission, a complete application must be returned to the Department of Education.

To be accepted into the teacher education program, candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements:  

  • Submit a completed teacher education application packet
  • Hold a GPA of at least 2.5 in the undergraduate general curriculum and a GPA of at least 3.0 in all EDU courses
  • Demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, including the ability to read, write and use computers by passing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GK)
  • Completion of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university 

Based upon an intensive review, the Admission, Retention, Dismissal Committee may recommend admission, remedial study or may deny admission to the program.

No candidate will be permitted to take 300 or 400 level courses before they are admitted to the Department of Education.

Once admitted to the teacher education program, a candidate’s grades are reviewed each semester. A candidate is only granted continued professional standing if he or she maintains a 3.0 GPA in their major and a 2.5 GPA overall.

Retention Criteria

In order to remain in good standing in the Department of Education, a candidate must fulfill the following obligations:

Junior Year

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in all EDU coursework
  • In the second semester of the junior year, complete the application to sit for all remaining portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE): Professional Education and Subject Area Exam
  • Upload complete UCC Tasks to the LiveText electronic database for review, scoring and data tracking (The coursework in each program requires candidates to provide evidence of mastery of designated Critical Candidate Performance Assessment Tasks. These will be flagged as UCC Critical Assessment Tasks and ESOL Core Tasks in the students' EDU syllabi.)
  • Near the end of second semester of junior year, apply for Teaching Practicum III
  • At the onset of first semester of senior year apply for the full-time Practicum IV: Final Internship

Senior Year

In the second semester of senior year, candidates complete Teaching Practicum IV, which is their final internship. All requirements for admission must be met for admittance to the final internship program. Requirements are:
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all EDU coursework and a minimum of a 2.5 GPA overall
  • Register to sit for all remaining components of the FCTE exams
  • Upload all targeted Critical Assessment Tasks and Core ESOL Tasks to LiveText to earn acceptable/target scores on all UCC standards measured through UCC rubrics

Additionally, seniors must complete all of the above and earn a minimum of acceptable ratings on their final internship Teaching Practicum IV Evaluation to qualify for graduation.

Dispositions are assessed and associated factors are used to determine retention.