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  • Undergraduate Admissions- Teacher Education

    Admission to Educator Preparation: General Admissions Requirements

    All prospective students must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

    • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in all attempted college coursework
    • Completion of at least 60 credit hours of college coursework
    • Completion of FSU Liberal Studies curriculum or Florida AA degree
    • Completion of a Natural Science Lab
    • Completion of FSU Oral Competency requirement
    • Completion of FSU Computer Skills Competency [EME 2040 (Technology for Teachers) strongly recommended]
    • Completion of FSU Cross Cultural and Diversity Requirement [EDF 2085 (Teaching Diverse Populations) strongly recommended]
    • Completion of EDF 1005 (Introduction to Education) with a C- or better
    • Passing scores on all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge (GK) Exam
    • Transfer students must submit current official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Your transcripts must show that you have completed (or are currently registered for) the education prerequisite, the oral competency course, and any program specific requirements.

     

    FTCE General Knowledge Examexpand menu

    The FTCE General Knowledge Exam (GK Exam) is a state-mandated entrance exam for all Educator Preparation programs in the State of Florida. No student may be admitted to an Educator Preparation program without official passing scores on all four sections on the GK Exam. There are no exceptions to this policy.

    Exam Preparation

    The GK Exam can be quite challenging. For our Fall 2016 admits, 63% passed the GK Exam on their first try. Therefore, prospective students are strongly encouraged to take the exam seriously and to prepare well in advance of the application deadline. We recommend that you make your first attempt early in the Fall semester of your sophomore year (September 1) as this will give you time to retake the GK Exam if you do not pass on your first attempt. Test preparation resources are available at http://education.fsu.edu/test-prep.

    Exam Registration

    To register for the GK exam please visit http://www.fl.nesinc.com/testPage.asp?test=GK. When registering, be sure to request that your GK scores be sent to Florida State University. If you have already taken the GK Exam and did not report your scores to the university, the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS) will request your scores from the testing agency.

    It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your official scores to be reported. It is essential that you take the exam in a timely manner to meet the application deadline. Official GK Exam scores MUST be received by the application deadline.

    Score Reporting and Verification

    The Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS) is responsible for verifying your official GK exam scores. OASIS will request official exam results for each applicant directly from the testing agency. In order for OASIS to request your score results, you must complete an Educator Preparation application (see the How to Apply section for details).

    Official GK Exam scores MUST be received by the application deadline. The College of Education reserves the right to deny any applicant who has not earned passing scores on all four sections of the GK Exam by the application deadline. OASIS DOES NOT accept unofficial score reports, including screen shots or paper score reports.

    Retaking the GK Exam

    You must wait at least 31 days to retake the GK Exam. If you do not pass on your first attempt, we recommend that you:

    1. Review the Performance Analysis section of your official GK Score Report. This will help you identify the area(s) you need to focus on for your second attempt.
    2. Do not immediately schedule a retake. Our historical analysis of GK exam retakes shows little benefit from retaking the GK Exam every 31 days. Set aside at least 2 months to study before retaking the exam. You can visit our test preparation page for links to resources to help you prepare for you second attempt.

    Program Specific Requirementsexpand menu

    Some of our educator preparation programs have additional requirements for admission:

    English Education

    • Complete one American (AML), British (ENL) or Multicultural (LIT) Literature course.

    Social Science Education

    • Complete AMH 2010, AMH 2020, and two additional Social Science courses from the following prefixes: AMH, ECO, GEA, GEO, POS, or WOH. Recommend courses include ECO 2013, ECO 2023, GEA 1000, POS 1041, WOH 1023, and WOH 1030.

    FSU-Teach

    • Complete SMT 1043, SMT 1053 and two additional courses in math or science: MAC 2311 or higher, or BSC 2010 + Lab, CHM 1045 + Lab, PHY 2048 + Lab.

    Music Education

    • Complete MUE 2040 and one child development course: DEP 3103 or DEP 3305.

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    Please review the application deadlines carefully before submitting your application.

     

     

     

     

     

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    If you have any questions about your application or the admissions process, please feel free to contact the Office of Academic Services & Intern Support (OASIS) at (850) 644-3760 or Education-OASIS@fsu.edu.

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