School of Education

Admission to Teacher Education

When to apply

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. However, please know that the application will not be processed until your grade for EDU 211 or SOC 243 is registered.

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 110.

Admission to teacher education is a prerequisite to enrollment in methods courses:
(EDU 310, 311, 312, 410, 411, 412, 421, 422, 424, 425, 428, 441, 442, MUS 461, PEH 425).

Application Instructions

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. You can declare your major (minors too) online or visit Academic Advising in Duke 108 if you need assistance.
  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 Diane Saylor (Mooney 110) the following forms:
  1. Give a reference form to two of your teaching faculty from academic courses (not Elon 101). 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 REQUEST A REFERENCE FROM YOUR EDU 211 OR SOC 243 PROFESSOR.

Requirements for admission

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

  • Satisfactory performance in EDU 211: School and Society or SOC 243: Sociology of Education (grade of C or better and acceptable clinical experience performance)
  • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.70. 
  • Minimum qualifying admission scores on either the SAT (or ACT) or the Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests as required by the NC State Board of Education.

See testing requirements for specific score requirements. Once you have taken the Praxis Core exams and received your scores, please let Diane Saylor know. If you received your scores via email, forward them on to so that she can have a record of it for your application.

  • Grade of C- or better in ENG 110.
  • Grade of C- or better in MTH 110, 151, or 220.
  • Two positive recommendations from non-EDU faculty
  • Satisfactory dispositions ratings.
  • Ongoing positive background check
  • No signifcant violations of Elon's Academic and Social Honor Code

Admission to the program

When the above steps have been completed and requirements met, your application file will be complete, and it is sent to your program coordinator for review. If the program coordinator approves the file, it is then sent to the Department of Education Chairperson for approval, then to the Director of Teacher Education for final approval. Should the department want to meet with you, you will be notified. The department will make a recommendation to the Teacher Education Committee.

The Director of Teacher Education makes the final decision on all admissions to the Teacher Education progam, and applicants will be notified of the Director of Teacher Education's decision.

  • 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. Students provisionally admitted will meet with the Director of Teacher Education and/or advisor to develop a plan of action towards full admission. 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.