Admission to Candidacy

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Admission to Candidacy

All undergraduate programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies require admission to Candidacy before registration is permitted for the final courses in the program. The courses, GPAs, and tests required for admission vary depending on the program. Select the candidacy option that is appropriate for your program to view specific requirements.

Teacher Candidacy

Teacher Candidacy is the last three semesters of a Teacher Education program and includes a one semester internship. Courses in bold on the advising sheet indicate candidacy is required. Students should complete an application for admission to Teacher Candidacy one semester prior to enrolling in classes that require Candidacy. See information below for admission criteria. Applications for admission are available in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).

Criteria for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Hours

  • 60 semester hours (48 must be in General Education). A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken at USA.

GPA Requirements:

  • 2.50 Minimum Overall GPA (All work attempted at USA.)
  • 2.75 Minimum Program GPA (All courses used on this Advising Sheet, including transfer work.)
  • 2.75 Minimum Professional Studies GPA (All courses used in the Professional Studies area, including transfer work.)
  • 2.75 Minimum Teaching Field GPA (All courses used in the Teaching Field, including transfer work.)
  • No grade below a “C” will be accepted in Professional Studies courses.

Course Requirements:

  • Courses designated with an asterisk (*) on the advising form.

Test Requirements:

  • AECTP – Satisfactory performance on all parts (Math, Reading, Writing) of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program. Official passing scores must be on file with the Office of Student Services. You must register for the test by calling 1(800) 294-2105 or via the web: http://www.act.org/alabamaectp. See the Office of Student Services (UCOM 3020) or the Advising Center (UCOM 3360) for deadlines.
  • K-6 Teacher Education ONLY – Praxis II – Official scores on file for all four parts of the appropriate Elementary test. Praxis II test requirements are subject to change as dictated by the ALSDE. Prior to registering for any Praxis II exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the ALABAMA portion of the Praxis II website at http://www.ets.org/praxis/al.

Other requirements:

  • Proof of clear SDE fingerprinting/background check and professional liability insurance.
  • Completion of the Dispositions Survey and a signed teacher Candidacy application form.
  • Completion of a satisfactory departmental interview with your assigned advisor. Recommendation of advisor, department chairperson and approval of the Candidacy Committee.
  • Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform as a teacher.

Application/Admission Information:

  • Candidacy applications are due one semester prior to enrolling in classes that require Candidacy. The intent is for students to apply for Candidacy AND meet with their advisor prior to registration to enable appropriate planning decisions for upcoming semesters.
  • Apply for Candidacy in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).
  • The College of Education and Professional Studies Candidacy Committee may recommend, defer or deny admission to the program. Admission to Candidacy will remain deferred until all requirements have been met and grades are submitted at the end of the term. Once grades are available and all requirements are met, the Office of Student Services will notify students via their official JAG email account when they have been admitted to Candidacy. Students will then be able to register for Candidacy courses.

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Non-Teacher Candidacy (Exercise Science, Health Education, Leisure Studies)

Candidacy is the last three or four semesters of a program and includes a one semester internship. Courses in bold on the advising sheet indicate candidacy is required. Students should complete an application for admission to Teacher Candidacy one semester prior to enrolling in classes that require Candidacy. See information below for admission criteria. Applications for admission are available in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).

Criteria for Admission to Non-Teacher Candidacy

Hours:

  • 60 semester hours (48 must be in General Education). A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken at USA.

GPA Requirements:

  • 2.20 Minimum Overall GPA (All work attempted at USA.)
  • 2.20 Minimum Major GPA (All courses used in the PE-NTC Major- Exercise Science or Health-NTC Concentration Core and Leisure Studies Core including transfer work.)

Course Requirements:

  • Courses designated with an asterisk (*) on the advising form.

Other requirements:

  • Completion of a signed Candidacy application form.
  • Recommendation of advisor, department chairperson and approval of the Candidacy Committee.
  • Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform successfully as a professional. These and other factors could be determined through a departmental interview.

Application/Admission Information:

  • Candidacy applications are due one semester prior to enrolling in classes that require Candidacy. The intent is for students to apply for Candidacy AND meet with their advisor prior to registration to enable appropriate planning decisions for upcoming semesters.
  • Apply for Candidacy in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).
  • The College of Education and Professional Studies Candidacy Committee may recommend, defer or deny admission to the program. Admission to Candidacy will remain deferred until all requirements have been met and grades are submitted at the end of the term. Once grades are available and all requirements are met, the Office of Student Services will notify students via their official JAG email account when they have been admitted to Candidacy. Students will then be able to register for Candidacy courses.

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