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Undergraduate Admission to Teacher Education

For additional information regarding requirements for the 2011-12 and previous catalog programs please refer to the 2011-12 Undergraduate Course Catalog 

Please do not submit application until ALL requirements have been met.

All students seeking to complete a degree which leads to teacher certification, must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education.  Formal admission occurs when students have 45 hours and have met all other requirements.

Students can apply for admission once they have:

  1. Attended an information session on admission to Teacher Education Program.  Information sessions offered twice in the fall and the spring. 
  2. Completed a minimum of 45 semester hours, 15 of which must be completed at Winthrop.
  3. Maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for coursework completed at Winthrop.
  4. Completed the following core courses with a grade of “C” or better in  : EDUC 110, EDUC 210. .
  5. PRAXIS I (PBT/CBT) is the required test for admission to the Teacher Education Program unless the student can verify a minimum score of 1100 on the SAT, 1650 on the SAT I, or 24 on the ACT.

When the above requirements are met,students should submit information to the on-line Teacher Education Program Application System on the SAS site that includes:

  • a disclosure statement concerning criminal/unethical conduct including any judicial or disciplinary action taken while enrolled at Winthrop University or another institution of higher education,
  • evidence of 25 hours of recent supervised experience working with the age-level student for which licensure is sought (Youth Exp.Requirement)
  • an admission essay that documents the student’s growth toward meeting the College of Education Unit Standards.  Students are required to provide examples of how their experiences in general education, educational core courses, and field experiences have prepared them to be well-educated teacher candidates who are committed to and capable of working with diverse and challenging students (Essay Writing Prompt) (Essay Rubric),

    6. Once an application is submitted,students must receive approval from the following:

  • the Director of Student Academic Services,
  • an admission committee comprised of faculty from the Teacher Education Program,
  • the Dean of Education or designee.
  •  Students wishing to apply for admission to Teacher Education may do so (on-line only) by visiting

*You will be invited to a formal Induction Ceremony once you are fully admitted to the Teacher Education program.  The Induction Ceremony is held once a year, during the fall semester.