Admission & Retention
To be considered for admission into the program, teacher candidates must meet/complete the following criteria:
1. Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
2. Teacher candidates must complete and sign ALL application materials listed below by the specified deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Application deadlines ensure timely approval of your application, interview evaluation, and approval to
enroll in classes that require admission to the program.
- Fall entry - March 16
- Spring entry - Oct. 14
- 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
- Memorandum on Degree Requirements
- Degree Plan (secondary education majors are required to include a completed degree plan signed by the candidate’s academic advisor with the admission packet BEFORE the candidate’s interview will be scheduled.)
3. Receive a satisfactory Arkansas State Police and FBI background check and the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Background Check (Arkansas Department of Education requirements)
- The Maltreatment Form is an Arkansas Central Registry background check for reports of child abuse and neglect. There is a $10 processing fee made payable by check or money order to the Department of Human Services (DHS). They will not accept temporary checks. The form needs to be completed, signed, and turned in with the check or money order. Do not write below the “Applicant’s Signature” line. When you submit the form, it will be notarized and mailed it.
- The total cost for these background checks will be $48.25. Instructions are included
in the back of the application packet.
4. Complete the following courses: EDUC 2752 Introduction to Education, (EDUC 2783 for ELEM majors on 2019/2020 degree plans or later); ENGL 1203 Composition I; ENGL 1213 Composition II; SPCH 1203 Introduction to Speech Communication; and appropriate mathematics course noted on the degree plan.
5. Maintain a satisfactory disciplinary record with the university.
6. Maintain a grade of C or better in all coursework completed on the degree plan.
7. Have a minimum 2.75 GPA for all college coursework (including transfer work and developmental courses) and be in good academic standing.
8. Demonstrate professional attitudes and interests related to the School of Education’s
stated Candidate Dispositions. If applicable, candidates must have resolved the nature
of all reports of negative behaviors.
9. A satisfactory interview evaluation is required. This includes an assessment of a teacher candidate’s essential professional competencies. This also includes subjective assessments relating to candidates’ ability to address the learner and learning, instructional practices, content knowledge, and professional responsibilities.
- You will not be scheduled for an interview until after you have submitted the application
packet. Please remember to check your UAFS email frequently for information about
scheduling your interview.
NOTE: Requirements for admission may change over time. Teacher candidates must meet admission requirements current at the time of their final application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. The requirements listed above are current as of August 2021. Please consult with your advisor should you have questions regarding admission requirements.
- Maintain of a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
- Continued satisfactory ratings on Teacher Candidate Dispositions (If applicable, candidates must have resolved the nature of all reports of negative behaviors or dispositions.)
- Maintain of a grade of C or above in all required courses
- Satisfactory evaluations by university supervisors and cooperating teachers in practica and/or internship
- Continue acceptable disciplinary record as evidenced by program incident reports
- Continue satisfactory ratings on unit assessments