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Admission & Retention

To be considered for admission into the program, teacher candidates must meet/complete the following criteria.

  1. Maintain of a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  2. Continued satisfactory ratings on Teacher Candidate Dispositions (If applicable, candidates must have resolved the nature of all reports of negative behaviors or dispositions.)
  3. Maintain of a grade of C or above in all required courses
  4. Satisfactory evaluations by university supervisors and cooperating teachers in practica and/or internship
  5. Continue acceptable disciplinary record as evidenced by program incident reports
  6. Continue satisfactory ratings on unit assessments


Apply for the School of Education here.  This will take you to the university application page. Once you log in with your credentials, you will be able to select the School of Education application.

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To apply for the School of Education, students must:

  • have sophomore standing
  • have completed or be enrolled in Introduction to Education or Introduction to Educational Foundations (EDUC 2752 OR EDUC 2783) AND English Comp 1, English Comp II, Speech, and required math courses (Middle Level: MATH 2333 and 2343; Elementary: MATH 1333, 1343, 2233, and 2243)
    • English with teacher licensure students will take Introduction to Education second semester sophomore year
    • Elementary education students will take Geometry and Measure I and II second semester sophomore year and may make application prior)
  • have a 2.75 GPA

Candidates will not be allowed to register for courses requiring admission to the program until all admission criteria are met or will be met at the end of the semester in which they are currently enrolled.

Application Deadlines

Fall Entry - March 14
Spring Entry - Oct. 14

After submitting your application, watch for an email about an admission interview, which will be scheduled for April or November.
The application deadline dates ensure timely approval of the application, interview evaluation, and permission to enroll in classes requiring admission to the program

Application Requirements/Criteria

Candidates should complete all admission criteria during the semester in which they apply except for English with teacher licensure and elementary education, based on exceptions listed above.

  • Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Complete and sign ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS, which include:
    • Verification of Receipt UAFS School of Education Teacher Candidate Manual. This form is verification that the teacher candidate has read the Teacher Candidate Manual
    • UAFS Educator’s Affirmation
    • Teacher Candidate Field Experience, Practica, and Internship Waiver forms
    • Degree requirements
    • Degree plan signed by the candidate’s academic advisor
  • Satisfactory completion of Arkansas State and FBI background checks and the Arkansas Child Maltreatment background check (Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements).
  • Successfully complete the following courses: Introduction to Education or Introduction to Educational Foundations (EDUC 2752 OR EDUC 2783) AND English Comp 1, English Comp II, Speech, and required math courses
  • Satisfactory disciplinary record with the university.
  • Grade of C or better in all coursework completed on the degree plan. History with teacher licensure majors must maintain a B in all history courses, including POLS 2753 & POLS 2853.
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA for all college coursework and be in good academic standing.
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes and interests related to the School of Education’s stated Candidate Dispositions. If applicable, candidates must have resolved the nature of any reports of negative behaviors.
  • Satisfactory completion of admission interview. Interview evaluation is required. Remember to check your UAFS email frequently for information about scheduling your interview.

NOTE: Candidates must meet admission requirements current at the time of their final application for admission to the School of Education. Requirements for admission may change over time to reflect changes made in the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Licensure Requirements and UAFS School of Education policies. For questions contact the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences admission coordinator in Health Science 115 or by phone at 479-788-7861. You may also reach out to the School of Education in Math-Science 108 or via phone at 479-788-7908.