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.
For initial admission, the minimum cumulative GPA must be 3.0.
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://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|
|5712||Reading||1.5||$ 90||156||Reading (pdf)|
|5722||Writing||1.75||$ 90||162||Writing (pdf)|
|5732||Mathematics||1.5||$ 90||150||Mathematics (pdf)|
|5751||Combined Test (Reading, Writing, Mathematics)||5||$150|
- 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
- Khan Academy offers free full length test practice tests for the SAT, in addition to Reading, Writing, and Math practice tests. See https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
- If you have a weakness in an area, Khan Academy also offers free resources for math, grammar, science, history, etc. See www.khanacademy.org