PSOE Admission Requirements

Price School of Education Admission Requirements

The PSOE has established three admission points throughout its teacher preparation programs where evidence of candidate content, pedagogical and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions will be reviewed and decisions made regarding eligibility for the next stage of candidate development. During each stage, candidates will demonstrate proficiency acquisition through a structure of courses that will be common to all candidates in each program.

Prior to Stage I initial admittance to the PSOE, teacher candidates will acquire basic knowledge and understanding of PSOE conceptual framework based on the elements of differentiated instruction. After Stage I admission, coursework will be designed to assist candidates in integrating essential content as well as pedagogical and professional knowledge to plan and implement instruction that will support students’ diverse learning needs. Stage I courses will highlight the PSOE DATA Model for Instruction as a teacher’s response to the needs of academically diverse learners.

Following Stage II admission, candidates will receive scaffolded assistance as they apply the PSOE Student Learning Outcomes in a local classroom practicum setting. After Stage III admission, candidates will independently apply the PSOE Student Learning Outcomes through implementation of the DATA Model during 16 weeks of full time teaching in a local school setting.

For Stage I Initial Admittance to the PSOE, all PSOE Candidates must:

  • Complete a minimum of 36 semester credit hours with a grade point average of 2.75.
  • Complete the following courses with a C or higher: ENG 101, ENG 102, COM 108, PSY 101, EDU 225 and EDU 230.
  • Submit a passing score on all three sections of the GACE Program Admission Assessment. Candidates may exempt GACE for one of the following reasons:
    • SAT taken before July 1, 2019: 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math; OR Evidence-Based Reading/Writing, and Math
    • SAT taken on or after July 1, 2019: 1080 on Evidence-Based Reading/Writing, and Math
    • ACT (43 on English and Math)
  • Complete the GACE Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry Assessment: Test 350.
  • Submit a background check to insure a demonstration of consistent ethical behavior.
  • Provide documentation of at least 30 hours of classroom field experience.
  • Demonstrate a professional disposition during general education coursework and field experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the PSOE conceptual framework addressing differentiated instruction and assessment.
  • Submit an application for initial admittance to the PSOE. Stage I applications may be obtained from and returned to the Dean’s Office of the PSOE.
  • Complete a successful interview with the PSOE Teacher Education Admissions Committee.

NOTE: Secondary Biology, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, and Music Education students must also complete all program content area courses with a Cor higher. Students should see their program coordinator for the specific rubric criteria. In addition to the above criteria, Music Education students must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam in order to be formally admitted to Music Education.

For Stage II Admittance to Clinical Practice, ECE, MGE, and Secondary Education Candidates must:

  • Possess an overall GPA of at least 2.75 with grades of Cor higher in all Major Field, Teaching Field, Affiliated Teaching Field, and Professional Education Courses.
  • Provide documentation of at least 30 additional hours of field experience.
  • Demonstrate a professional disposition during Stage I coursework.
  • Submit an application for Stage II admittance to Clinical Practice Courses. Stage II applications may be obtained from and returned to the Clinical Practice Coordinator of the PSOE.

NOTE: Admission to Clinical Practice is not a requirement for Music Education candidates.

For Stage III Admittance to Clinical Residency, All PSOE Candidates Must:

  • Possess an overall GPA of at least 2.75 with grades of Cor higher in all Major Field, Teaching Field, Affiliated Teaching Field, and Professional Education Courses.
  • Submit a passing score on both sections of the applicable GACE Content Assessment.
  • Complete the GACE Georgia Educator Ethics Program Exit Assessment: Test 360.
  • Provide documentation of at least 100 hours of field experience.
  • Demonstrate a professional disposition during Stage II coursework and field experience.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of application of PSOE Student Learning Outcomes.
  • Demonstrate use and integration of technology.
  • Submit an application for admittance to Clinical Residency. Stage III applications may be obtained from and returned to the Office of the Director of Field Experience.

NOTE: In addition to the above criteria, Music Education candidates must have passed the appropriate GACE Content Assessment and successfully performed their senior recital in order to be approved for Clinical Residency.