All prospective students must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
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.
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.
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:
Students applying to the Elementary Education program are required to submit three recommendations (recommendations are not required for any other programs). The College of Education uses a standardized online recommendation form. The form asks recommenders to evaluate students in several key areas, including academic potential, emotional maturity and commitment to a career in education. Therefore, you should select your recommenders carefully and choose individuals who know you well enough to provide a thorough evaluation.
Once you complete the Request for Recommendations form, your recommenders will receive a link to the online recommendation form. We will notify you by email when we receive a completed recommendation. All recommendations must be received by February 15 for the main campus Elementary Education program and by June 1 for the Panama City campus Elementary Education program.
Some of our educator preparation programs have additional requirements for admission:
Social Science Education
2) Apply online to Educator Preparation:
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.