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Admission Packet


A student must apply for admission to the program in the Department of Education Chair’s office. Normally, this is accomplished in the sophomore year concurrently with enrollment in Foundations of Education. A student is permitted to take professional education and methods courses including elementary specialized courses only after being admitted to the Department of Education. Transfer students may request a one-semester temporary permit to enroll in restricted courses provided they have at least a 2.50 overall grade point average.

Admission to the Department of Education is by approval of the Admission and Retention Committee. A student, to be approved, must meet the following requirements:

1.   Complete and submit appropriate admission forms including a current transcript.
2.   Achieve an overall grade point average of not less than 2.50 in all work    
3.   Complete successful interview with the Teacher Education Admission    
4.   Provide evidence of adequate reading, writing, and verbal communication skills
     as demonstrated by appropriate coursework.
5.   Achieve a GPA of 2.75 in 40 hours of general education courses or passage of    
     the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) or earn an ACT of 22, no writing component required.
6.   Complete at least 30 semester hours.
7.   Complete the two, three-hour credit courses ENGL 1113 and ENGL 1213 with a
     minimum grade of C in each course.
8.   Demonstrate expressed interest in teaching by prior experience and activities.
9.   Complete EDUC 2113 Foundations of Education (including 15 hours of public
     school observation) with a minimum grade of C.
10. Complete Criminal History Disclosure Statement.
11.  Complete SWOSU degree check.
12. Complete Plan of Study/Advisor Recommendation.

Permission to enroll in restricted courses, e.g., Professional Education Semester (Student Teaching and Block courses requires formal admission to the Department of Education or a special enrollment status granted by the Department of Education Chair.

If an applicant is denied admission, re-application can be made upon removal of deficiencies. All appeals are initiated by the student and are forwarded to the Department of Education Chair’s Office for presentation to the Admission/Retention Committee. In order to continue in a teacher education program, a student must maintain a standard equal to that which permitted admission. The Department of Education monitors each teacher candidate on a semester basis from the point of admission according to previously stated criteria. Those students who fail to maintain standards which permitted admission are informed through written correspondence from the chair, admission and retention, regarding options at their disposal, e.g., probation and/or suspension.