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 cumulative GPA must be 2.75.

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

An alternative to the ACT is the rSAT, with a minimum combined requirement of 1110 (EBRW+M). Another alternative is pass each of the three Praxis Core tests, as noted below.

Praxis Core Tests

Is required for initial admission to the Teacher Education Program at Southern Adventist University if the ACT benchmark has not been met. 

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

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      
Optional Resources
  • 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
  • If you have a weakness in an area,  Khan Academy also offers free resources for math, grammar, science, history, etc. See
  • This website offers free practice tests for the ACT:

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)