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Application Requirements for the JSU College of Education and Professional Studies Teacher Education Program (Initial Level)

Students are required to follow the application procedure described below for the Teacher Education Program. Refer to the JSU undergraduate and graduate catalogues (Academic Regulations) for other university requirements. It is recommended that students retain a copy of all application paperwork.

Freshmen, Transfer and Alternative 5th year students should apply to Jacksonville State University (JSU) six months prior to enrollment.


If you have not already applied to JSU, an application for admission can be obtained online:
THESE ITEMS DO NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLETED IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER:

ITEM ONE:

Complete the the "Application for the JSU Teacher Education Program" and return to the Teacher Service Center.

Request Form for Application to the JSU Teacher Education Program
Online Form       Printable PDF Form


ITEM TWO:

Successfully complete all three components of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP). TEP candidates may register online. The AECTP is offered only four or five times per year. At the time of registration, TEP candidates must request for scores to be sent to JSU and the Alabama State Department of Education.


ITEM THREE:

Successfully complete the Teacher Education Program Orientation Course (ED 300). This course is offered fall and spring semesters only and includes 30 hours of classroom observation.


ITEM FOUR:

Provide background clearance from Cogent Systems. Fingerprints are processed by appointment. Please go to www.cogentid.com/alabama for registration and fingerprinting locations. A valid, government-issued photo ID must be presented at the time of the appointment.

Proof of background clearance must be provided to the Teacher Service Center. Previous clearance (substitute license, teacher's aide, or school staff) may be acceptable. Please contact the Teacher Service Center for more information.


ITEM FIVE:

Secure three recommendations.

Undergraduate students must secure recommendations from three professors in the general studies coursework area. You must supply each of the three professors with a form and a stamped, addressed envelope.

This form is available in the Teacher Service Center or online.


Alternative 5th Year students must submit to Office of Graduate Studies three "Graduate Reference Forms" according to the requirements set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.


This form is available in the Office of Graduate Studies (256-782-5329) or online.

ITEM SIX:

Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours in which at least 48 semester hours are in the general studies area.

OR

Complete an Alternative 5th year Undergraduate Deficiency Evaluation. Evaluations must be scheduled with the Teacher Service Center after application to Graduate Studies has been made.


ITEM SEVEN:

Earn an overall Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.


ITEM EIGHT:

Read and sign the " Statement of Understanding." Return the signed "Statement of Understanding" to the Teacher Service Center.


ITEM NINE:

Satisfactorily complete an Interview Session.
Interview Request Form

  • Completion of ED 300 is required for eligibility, but not required for an interview.
  • Interview request forms are collected in the Teacher Service Center until the first of every month at which time requests are sent to the appropriate department.
  • The interview is scheduled by the appropriate department during the first ten working days of each month.
  • Please check with the appropriate department to verify the interview schedule:
Curriculum and Instruction
(Early Childhood, Elementary, Collaborative Education)
256-782-5091
Secondary Education 256-782-5848
Health, Physical Education and Recreation 256-782-5515
Music 256-782-5877
Family and Consumer Sciences 256-782-5054

Successful completion of the requirements described in Items 1-9 deem you eligible for the Teacher Education Program and entitles you to enroll in education courses. Refer to the university undergraduate and graduate catalogues for academic and graduation requirements not discussed in this document.

Teacher Education Programs may be altered to meet changes in institutional, federal and Alabama State Department of Education regulations.

The College of Education and Professional Studies reserves the right to correct, alter, amend, or modify any item contained in this document. The most current requirements and regulations are described herein. These are requirements for eligibility to Teacher Education only.

The Alabama State Department of Education requires an applicant for State certification to be fingerprinted and pass a background check. All State certification decisions are the authority of the Alabama State Department of Education.

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