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Admission to Teacher Education

You will begin the process of applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program while taking EDU 211: School and Society or SOC 243: Sociology of Education. We encourage you to submit your application during your EDU 211 or SOC 243 semester.

Should you decide not to pursue a teaching career, you may withdraw your application to the program at any time by notifying Diane Saylor in Mooney 102.

Admission to the Teacher Education program is required prior to enrollment in any education (EDU) course numbered 301 or higher.

Application Process

Printer-friendly instructions may be downloaded as a pdf file. All other links on this page to forms and information sheets are also pdf files.

Complete the following steps:

  1. Declare your major and obtain an advisor in your major department. Go to Academic Advising, Duke 108 to officially declare a major.
  2. Successfully complete (grade of C or higher) EDU 211: School and Society or SOC 243: Sociology of Education.
  3. Fill out and submit to the Teacher Education Office (Mooney 102) the following forms:

If you take EDU 211 or SOC 243 in the fall semester, these forms are due October 15.

If you take EDU 211 or SOC 243 in Winter Term or in the spring semester, these forms are due March 15

  1. Give a reference form to two of your teaching faculty from academic courses (not Elon 101); if possible, one of them should be from your major department. If you are a transfer student, professors from your previous school may provide a reference. Ask professors to return reference forms to the Teacher Education Office. DO NOT GIVE A REFERENCE SHEET TO YOUR EDU 211 OR SOC 243 PROFESSOR.

Prior to admission, you must have met the following requirements:

  • Meet the minimum qualifying admission scores on either the SAT (or ACT) or the Praxis I examinations. See testing requirements for specific score requirements. If required, have a Praxis I score report sent to the Teacher Education Office.
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.50.
  • Achieve a passing score (75%) on the grammar competency examination OR earn a C or better in EDU 241 Grammar for Educators, ENG 205 Grammar, or an equivalent grammar course from another institution. See grammar resources if you need assistance brushing up on grammar. The grammar competency exam is administered during EDU 211 and SOC 243 in the early part of the semester. If you do not meet the minimum score on the first administration and wish to retake the test, or if you are a transfer student not taking the introductory course at Elon, you may register with Diane Saylor in Mooney 102 to take the exam with an EDU 211 or SOC 243 class or at a re-administration date later in the semester. 
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in ENG 110 for all licensure programs, and for elementary licensure, earn a grade of C or better in MTH 208 or 209.*
  • Have satisfactory disposition ratings.

*Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of one course (MTH 208 or 209) is required for admission to Teacher Education for elementary licensure. Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of BOTH courses (MTH 208 AND 209) is required for elementary licensure before admission to student teaching.

Admission to the program

When the above steps have been completed and requirements met, your application file will be complete, and it will be sent to your major department for review. Should the department want to meet with you, you will be notified. The department will make a recommendation to the Teacher Education Committee.

The Teacher Education Committee makes the final decision on all admissions to the Teacher Education program, and applicants will be notified of the committee's decision at the end of the semester.

  • A student may be fully admitted to the program. You will then be notified and invited to attend the Teacher Education Induction Ceremony held in the spring during Celebrate Week (attendance is required).
  • A student may be provisionally admitted. A provisional admission is based upon several factors including, but not necessarily limited to, concerns by faculty member(s), concerns by interviewer(s), concerns demonstrated through prior academic performance, etc. The reason(s) for provisional admission will be stated and a time frame for removal of provisional status will be indicated. If provisional status is not removed within the stated time frame, the applicant may be denied admission. In all cases of provisional admission, the Teacher Education Committee will review the application as appropriate for final determination.
  • A student may also be denied admission to the program by the Teacher Education Committee.

Questions or concerns regarding an applicant’s acceptance status may be directed to Diane Saylor in Mooney 102.