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Admission to Teacher Education

All initial certification students seeking admission to the teacher education program in the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University (CSU) should begin the process as early as possible based on the program and advisor recommendations. 

There are four steps to complete before you can begin a teacher education program.

  1. Apply to CSU as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate (M.A.T.) student.
  2. Register for a MyPSC account and the gather admission criteria outlined for your degree type below on this page. You'll request eligibility to take the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment and the GACE Program Admission Assessment (PAA) through your MyPSC account.
  3. Carefully read the requirements outlined for each degree type (on this page), as some requirements will need to be met before the admission to teacher education application is filled out and submitted.  Apply to the Teacher Education program by completing the Admission to Teacher Education Application in Tk20. Instructions on how to complete the application in Tk20 are on this page. 
  4. Once you are notified that your application in Tk20 has been approved pending GaPSC certification, you'll need to log into your MyPSC account and claim enrollment at CSU.  Then Apply for a Pre-Service certificate (PDF) by completing the GaPSC’s Pre-Service Application and submit it in MyPSC.

More information about the Teacher Education program can be found in the Teacher Education Handbook (Word).  Note that in order to apply to any teacher education program, you cannot have been removed or denied admission to teacher education or student teaching from another institution. Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information at any point in the process will result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

Deadlines and Requirements for Admission

Click on the sections below for more information about the teacher education admission process.

All applications for admission into the Teacher Education Program are due before the semester starts.  For example, if you are intending to start in a Teacher Education Program in the Fall semester, you need to have completed and submitted your Admission to Teacher Education Application and Pre Service Certificate Application before the Fall admission deadline. You are always encouraged to apply as early as possible based on the program and advisor recommendations.

  • Applications for Fall admission are due on or before June 15th
  • Applications for Spring admission are due on or before October 15th
  • Applications for Summer admission are due on or before March 15th*

*Only select teacher education programs have a Summer semester start, check with your advisor or program coordinator for more information to see if you need to apply by the Summer admission deadline.

There are several scholarships available for students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. These can be found on the College of Education and Health Professions' scholarship page. In addition, you may be eligible for other general scholarships, grants, or financial aid, which can be viewed on the CSU's scholarship page.

Admission to Teacher Education is now completed through TK20.  Follow these instructions to electronically submit an admission application to the Teacher Education department. Before starting, you will need a Tk20 account. Purchase Tk20 by going to the Tk20 page and clicking on the button that says "Click to Purchase your Tk20 Account."

  1. Log into your Tk20 account. If you just purchased it, you will need to wait awhile (anything from a few hours to 48 hours) before you can login.
  2. Once you log in, you will be on the "HOME" screen. On the left side of the screen, you will see a menu. Click on "APPLICATIONS" to expand more choices.
  3. Click on "My Applications" and you will move to the MY APPLICATIONS screen.
  4. Click on the large, green button that says "+ Create New Application" to start a new application.
  5. On the drop down, select "Admission to Teach Education Application." Once you have selected it in the drop down, click the green button that says "Next."
  6. On the next screen, carefully read the instructions and note everything that needs to be completed and available for your application. If you still need to gather more items, click on the button that says "Save" on the bottom of the screen. This will save your application so you can finish completing it later.
  7. Fill in all the necessary information. Fields marked with an "*" are required fields. Once completed, click on the green button that says "Submit." If you need to exit the application before you complete it, select "Save" so you can come back to the application later.
  8. If you need to continue a previously started application, repeat steps 1-3. The application you previously started will be available as a link on the page.

Please complete the Admission to Teacher Education Application and not the Student Teaching Application.

Below is a complete list of all the requirements that you will need to meet before being accepted into a teacher education program. Read over this entire list, noting the requirements that may need to be met in each step outlined above.

  • An active MyPSC Account (create it at mypsc.gapsc.org). A MyPSC account will be needed to complete GACE assessments and submit a Pre-Service Application, so you must create one before applying to the Teacher Education program.
  • An active Tk20 subscription (purchase it on the Tk20 page).  The Admission to the Teacher Education Application is completed in TK20, so you must purchase a subscription before applying to the Teacher Education program).
  • Completion of EDUC 2130 or UTCH 1202 with a grade of C or better and
    Completion of 45 earned semester hours in the core with an overall GPA of 2.50 or better on all transcripts and a CSU GPA of 2.50 or better.  While in a Teacher Education program, you must maintain a CSU and overall GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination (all three portions) or a composite score (all three portions) of 750 or higher. This requirement can be exempted with satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests More information about the GACE tests can be found on ETS's GACE for Test Takers website. The exemption scores are listed below:
    • SAT: a combination score (math + verbal/reading) of 1080+ on score reports dated on or after 7/1/19 or 1000+ for score reports dated prior to 7/1/19.
    • ACT: a combination score (math + english) of 43+
    • GRE: a combination score (quantitative + verbal) of 297+ on tests taken on or after 8/1/2011 or 1030+ for tests taken before 8/1/2011.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) interview.
  • Completed FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Completed and signed a copy of the Requirements for the Reporting of Offenses (Word).
  • Satisfactory performance on the Health Fitness Test (Health and PE majors only).

Once your application has been submitted, you will need to follow the steps outlined below.

  1. After your application in Tk20 has been reviewed and you have met all teacher education requirements, you will be notified that your admission application is pending and that it has been entered into the Traditional Program Management System (TPMS).  
  2. Once your information is in TPMS, you will need to use your MyPSC account to claim your enrollment at CSU and submit a Pre-Service Application using your MyPSC account.  The GaPSC has outlined the process in an easy to understand document (PDF).
  3. When your Pre-Service application has been approved by the GaPSC, you will be notified that your teacher education admission application has been accepted.

Below is a complete list of all the requirements that you will need to meet before being accepted into a teacher education program. Read over this entire list, noting the requirements that may need to be met in each step outlined above.

  • Acceptance as a post-baccalaureate student by Columbus State University.
  • A transcript evaluation. It is required that you have your transcripts evaluated by the appropriate program coordinator before applying as a post-baccalaureate student. Please complete the request for transcript evaluation and upload your unofficial transcript(s)at the end of the form.
  • An active MyPSC Account (create one at mypsc.gapsc.org). A MyPSC account will be needed to complete GACE assessments and submit a Pre-Service Application, so you must create one before applying to the Teacher Education program.
  • An active Tk20 subscription (purchase it on the Tk20 Page).  The Admission to the Teacher Education Application is completed in TK20, so you must purchase a subscription before applying to the Teacher Education program).
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.50 on all work attempted (minimum of 30 credit hours)* or a CSU GPA of 2.50 on 9 hours of education coursework at CSU to include EDUC, EDCI, and SPED classes. While in a Teacher Education program, you must maintain a CSU and overall GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination (all three portions) or a composite score (all three portions) of 750 or higher. This requirement can be exempted with satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests More information about the GACE tests can be found on ETS's GACE for Test Takers website. The exemption scores are listed below:
    • SAT: a combination score (math + verbal/reading) of 1080+ on score reports dated on or after 7/1/19 or 1000+ for score reports dated prior to 7/1/19.
    • ACT: a combination score (math + english) of 43+
    • GRE: a combination score (quantitative + verbal) of 297+ on tests taken on or after 8/1/2011 or 1030+ for tests taken before 8/1/2011.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) interview.
  • Completed FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Completed and signed a copy of the Requirements for the Reporting of Offenses (Word).
  • Satisfactory performance on the Health Fitness Test (Health and PE majors only).

Once your application has been submitted, you will need to follow the steps outlined below.

  1. After your application in Tk20 has been reviewed and you have met all teacher education requirements, you will be notified that your admission application is pending and that it has been entered into the Traditional Program Management System (TPMS).  
  2. Once your information is in TPMS, you will need to use your MyPSC account to claim your enrollment at CSU and submit a Pre-Service Application using your MyPSC account. The GaPSC has outlined the process in an easy to understand document. (PDF)
  3. When your Pre-Service application has been approved by the GaPSC, you will be notified that your teacher education admission application has been accepted.

*Post-baccalaureate candidates will use a Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated using only the undergraduate and/or graduate level coursework that is applicable to the declared certification program of study (e.g., Secondary Science Education).

 

Below is a complete list of all the requirements that you will need to meet before being accepted into a teacher education program. Read over this entire list, noting the requirements that may need to be met in each step outlined above.

  • Acceptance as a graduate student by Columbus State University.
  • A transcript evaluation. It is required that you have your transcripts evaluated by the appropriate program coordinator before applying as a graduate student. Please complete the request for transcript evaluation and upload your unofficial transcript(s)at the end of the form.
  • An active MyPSC Account (create one at mypsc.gapsc.org). A MyPSC account will be needed to complete GACE assessments and submit a Pre-Service Application, so you must create one before applying to the Teacher Education program.
  • An active Tk20 subscription (purchase it on the Tk20 Page).  The Admission to the Teacher Education Application is completed in TK20, so you must purchase a subscription before applying to the Teacher Education program).
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.50 on all work attempted (minimum of 30 credit hours) before admission into the Graduate College of Education and Health Professions. While in a Teacher Education program, you must maintain a CSU and overall GPA of 2.50 or better.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission examination (all three portions) or a composite score (all three portions) of 750 or higher.  This requirement can be exempted with satisfactory scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE tests  More information about the GACE tests can be found on ETS's GACE for Test Takers website. The exemption scores are listed below:
    • SAT: a combination score (math + verbal/reading) of 1080+ on score reports dated on or after 7/1/19 or 1000+ for score reports dated prior to 7/1/19.
    • ACT: a combination score (math + english) of 43+
    • GRE: a combination score (quantitative + verbal) of 297+ on tests taken on or after 8/1/2011 or 1030+ for tests taken before 8/1/2011.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies (DAP) interview (Online M.A.T. students are not required to complete the interview at this time)**
  • Completed FBI background check with fingerprints to ensure no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for teacher certification.
  • Completed and signed a copy of the Requirements for the Reporting of Offenses (Word).
  • Satisfactory performance on the Health Fitness Test (Health and PE majors only).

Once your application has been submitted, you will need to follow the steps outlined below.

  1. After your application in Tk20 has been reviewed and you have met all teacher education requirements, you will be notified that your admission application is pending and that it has been entered into the Traditional Program Management System (TPMS).  
  2. Once your information is in TPMS, you will need to use your MyPSC account to claim your enrollment at CSU and submit a Pre-Service Application using your MyPSC account. The GaPSC has outlined the process in an easy to understand document. (PDF)
  3. When your Pre-Service application has been approved by the GaPSC, you will be notified that your teacher education admission application has been accepted.

**Dr. Sally A. Ingles (2014) DAP™: Dispositions, Attributes, and Proficiencies Interview Manual. Copyright protected. All rights reserved