Initial Admission

It is recommended that students pursing education licensure be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in their sophomore year. This allows time to complete three required courses and develop a college GPA. Students should see their advisers for assistance with the initial admission process.

GPA Requirements

For initial admission, the minimum cummulative GPA must be 3.0.

ACT Requirements

A composite score of 22 is required on the ACT for initial admission to the Teacher Education Program. This is a composite score from the tests in four subject areas: English, Math, Reading, Science and Reasoning. For more information on ACT test administrations on the Southern campus, please visit  http://www.southern.edu/administration/student-success/testing/act.html.

This website, though not endorsed by Southern,  offers free practice tests for the ACT and is one option available to you to help you prepare for the test. https://uniontestprep.com/act/practice-test

An alternative to the ACT is the SAT, with a minimum combined requirement of 1030 on two tests: Critical Reading/Verbal and Math. Another alternative is pass each of the three Praxis Core tests, as noted below.

Praxis Core Tests

May be required for initial admission to the Teacher Education Program at Southern Adventist University (check with your adviser). Other options include a composite ACT score of 22, or a combined SAT score on the verbal & math tests of 1030.

For content and structure of Core tests, visit the ETS website.

Testing Time Frame: The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in Reading (5712), Writing (5722) and Mathematics (5732), or the Combined Test (5751), are now available for continuous testing. (Official score reports should be available for Reading and Mathematics within 10-11 business days from the test date, and within 15-16 days for Writing.)

These computerized tests are available at Prometric Testing Centers by appointment. Register online www.ets.org/praxis/register/computer.

Code Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests     Hours   Fee   Passing Score (TN)  Study Companion Possible Resource for Purchase     
5712 Reading 1.5 $ 90  156 Reading (pdf)  
5722 Writing 1.75 $ 90  162 Writing (pdf)  
5732 Mathematics 1.5 $ 90  150 Mathematics (pdf)           Core Math Made Easy
5751 Combined Test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) 5 $150      
 
Optional Resource
Interactive Practice Tests are available at the ETS Store at $19.95/subscription. Practice tests allow candidates to answer questions and simulate the testing experience. After each practice test, candidates can view their results as well as answers to all questions. A value pack of three tests is also available for $47.88.
 
  

Initial Admission Forms

Initial Admission Student Checklist (Print your "To Do" list)

Initial Admission Application (Print, complete, and submit to the Summerour Hall Main Office)

Initial Admission Recommendations (Print and deliver to appropriate parties)

Professional Development Portfolio: Complete at the Developing level and submit portfolio in LiveText using "Initial Admission to TEP Portfolio" course. To view the template, go to www.livetext.com and use the Visitor Pass option. Enter code F4FD3413. Click for detailed instruction sheet.