General Requirements and Procedures for Admission to a Secondary Certification Program
- Admission to a Secondary Certification Program is only open to students who are actively pursuing a baccalaureate degree with a major in Biology, English, History, or Mathematics at Gordon State College.
- Applicants are projected to complete all of the lower level courses required as preparation for the Bachelor of Science in Biology or Mathematics, or the Bachelor of Arts in English or History by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning upper level courses in the fall semester. The overall institutional GPA for the lower level courses completed must be 2.5 or better.
- Applicants must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Area A and Area F courses. Applicants from non-USG institutions must have a grade of “C” or better in courses comparable to courses found in USG Areas A and F. Non-Gordon Students must provide an official transcript. Must take and pass EDUC 2110, 2120, and 2130 with a grade of “C” or better.
- Applicants must provide proof of a “passing” score on GACE (Basic Skills Assessment, PRAXIS I, or provide proof of exemption. This requirement may be met by one of the following:
- Pass GACE (Basic Skills Assessment).
- Pass Praxis I with a minimum composite score of 526. (Must be taken prior to September 2006)
- Exempt because SAT scores meet the minimum composite requirement of 1000 (Math and Verbal sections combined).
- Exempt because ACT scores meet the minimum composite requirement of 43 (English and Mathematics combined).
- Exempt because GRE scores meet the minimum composite requirement of 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative combined)
- Applicants must complete the “Application for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Education Program.”
- Applicants must attach a signed and notarized consent form authorizing a criminal background check, and once admitted to the program, agree to fingerprinting.
- Applicants must submit three (3) professional recommendations using provided forms. Applicants should complete their portion of the professional recommendation form and give to an employer, someone familiar with their academic ability, or someone familiar with their ability to work with young people. Professional recommendations may not come from personal friends, relatives, or social acquaintances.
- Application for Admission - includes requirements checklist
- Professional Recommendation
- Disposition Assessment Form
Students transferring to Gordon State College from other schools must meet all criteria for admission to the B.S. in Education program as outlined. Transfer students not meeting the criteria for admission may be advised to take additional courses to complete the core curriculum in education in order to qualify for admission. Since the curriculum in education is linked to state and national accreditation requirements and mandates, the curriculum is subject to change.
Applicants selected for the B.S., or B.A. in Secondary Education program will be notified in writing by the Teacher Education Division and will be required to submit proof of professional liability insurance coverage before they are assigned a fieldwork placement.