FAQs for Teachers
Who is my advisor?
If you are Education Undeclared or your intended major is Early Childhood Education (P-5), Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten, Traditional and Montessori, Middle Grades Education (4-8), or History Education (6-12), you are advised in the Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center (TEAC) until you are admitted into the teacher education program. Please call 770-423-6105 for an appointment or for walk-in advising times. After you are admitted to teacher education, you will be assigned an advisor within your major department.
Please see Program Contacts for advisement in additional degree programs leading to Georgia Teacher Certification.
When do I need to see my advisor?
First-Year students will have a "FY Advising" Hold placed on their registration until they have earned 30 semester hours of academic credit. First-year students should meet with their advisor to have the "hold" removed in order to register for the next semester's classes. All students should consult their advisor at least once per semester to discuss their progress through the program and other student resources provided by the university.
How do I declare my major?
If you would like to declare your interest in Early Childhood Education, PreK-5th grade or Birth through Kindergarten, Middle Grades Education, or History Education, you should come to the Teacher Education Advisement Center in KH 1314. Other education majors should contact the departments. Your major will be recorded as "interest" until you are admitted into the teacher education program. You should declare a major-interest by the time you have earned 30 hours.
Students may also request a change-of-major (to "interest" only) through Owl Express, Registration and Student Records. Once completed, the form is forwarded to the appropriate department for processing. The updated major will appear on the Academic Transcript in Owl Express after the academic department has approved the change. After you are admitted to teacher education, PTEU Admissions Coordinator will change your major to indicate you have been approved for admission by the candidate's degree program.
What are the deadlines for applying for admission to the teacher education program?
The deadline for applying to the teacher education program for Spring 2014 is September 15, 2013. The deadline for applying to the teacher education program for Summer 2014 is April 15, 2014. The deadline for applying for Fall 2014 is April 15, 2014. You do not have to have met all the requirements for admission to the teacher education program at the time of application.
When should I apply to the Teacher Education Program?
You should apply to teacher education early in the semester in which you will be completing all the requirements for admission (see the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for deadlines). Candidates typically apply for admission to teacher education during their sophomore year. Applications are available on the information wall outside TEAC, or you can print one from the TEAC website. Your advisor in the program into which you are applying must sign the application. You do not need to have completed all the teacher education admission requirements at the time of application. Download the Application Form (PDF)
When should I take EDUC 2110?
You may take EDUC 2110 after you have completed ENGL 1102. EDUC 2110 requires an intensive field experience. You do not need to complete all your general education courses before registering for EDUC 2110.
Do I need to complete all of my general education classes before I can be admitted into a teacher education program?
No, you do not need to complete all of your general education classes prior to admission into a teacher education program; specific classes required are ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, and EDUC 2110**, and may be included in the 45 hours of college credit required for admission.
**or approved High School equivalent (See Ms. Mary Lynn Orr in the Teacher Education Advisement Center, Kennesaw Hall 1314, if you think you may have completed an approved program.)
If I am not exempt from GACE Basic Skills Assessment, when should I take the tests?
Your advisor may recommend that you take GACE Basic Skills Assessment in the semester prior to the semester in which you will be applying to the teacher education program. Generally, students will schedule the GACE Basic Skills Assessment after they have completed ENGL 1102 and the second General Education MATH course (when these courses are taken during the second semester of freshman year). Please see your advisor for specific recommendations within your program area. For additional information on GACE Basic Skills Assessment and test dates, see GACE.
What are the GACE basic skills assessments?
Students must have passing scores on the GACE basis skills assessment or provide proof of exemption for admission into the teacher education program. You may be exempt from GACE basic skills assessment by SAT scores of at least 1000 (combined verbal/ or critical reading and math) or ACT scores of at least 43 (combined English and math).* Check with the certification officer at 770-423-6043 for exemption scores if you took the SAT prior to April 1, 1995, or ACT prior to 1989. Please see the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) website for possible alternative exemption tests and options.
What are the requirements for admission into the teacher education program?
Admission to teacher education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. For the minimum criteria for admission to teacher education, please see the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for the year in which you matriculated. Some programs in teacher education have additional requirements. Please contact the departments or program coordinators directly.