Apply to Teacher Education

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App State students who are interested in becoming educators are required to apply to Teacher Education.

Instructions for Admission to Teacher Education

Students seeking admission to Teacher Education must submit an application by August 1st for Fall semester or January 1st for Spring semester. Passing Praxis scores and a criminal background check must be received prior to submission of the Teacher Education application. Students may apply to Teacher Education while still enrolled in the required courses, but failure to earn a C or above in these courses will prevent admission into Teacher Education.

TeachNC will reimburse Teacher Education applicants up to $100 of their costs, including your background check and Praxis CORE registration! Create your TeachNC account and send them your receipts after you’ve applied to our program.

August 1 - Deadline to submit a teacher education application for any Fall Course

January 1 - Deadline to submit a teacher education application for any Spring Course

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

In order to apply, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • Passing Praxis CORE or being exempt (based on SAT or ACT composite scores) 
  • A current Criminal Background Check (within 6 months of your application)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • 45 semester hours or more
  • A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) must be earned in RC 1000, EDU 2000 & EDU 2100 
    *Old Professional Education CORE (CI 2300 & FDN 2400) are acceptable
  • No Grades of Incomplete
  • Attend a First Steps to Teaching meeting the semester your apply and pass a short quiz afterward

Test Scores

The required test for admission to Teacher Education is called the Praxis CORE. Please note that some students are exempt from this requirement thanks to their SAT or ACT scores:

Praxis CORE Passing Scores

  • Reading: 156 or higher
  • Writing: 162 or higher
  • Math: 150 or higher
  • Combined: 468 or higher

SAT & ACT Scores (for exemption)

If you took the new SAT after March 2016:

  • 1170 or higher on the SAT combined Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math (Optional essay scores are not counted)

If you took the old SAT before March 2016:

  • 1100 or higher on the SAT combined Verbal and Math (Writing scores are not counted)

If you took the ACT:

  • 24 or higher Composite score


If you did not earn a SAT or ACT exemption score, you may still be exempt from one or two sections of the test:

  • Praxis CORE Reading and Writing exemption
    • Old SAT Verbal score of 550 or higher 
    • New SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score of 600 or higher
    • ACT English score of 24 or higher 
  • Praxis CORE Math exemption
    • Old SAT Math score of 550 or higher
    • New SAT Math score of 570 or higher
    • ACT Math score of 24 or higher 

*The old SAT Writing score is not considered in either the total SAT score nor is it a way to be exempted from the Praxis CORE Writing.
**ACT and SAT scores cannot be combined according to NC state policy.

Questions? Visit the James Center for Student Success and Advising Praxis CORE page for assistance.

Application Instructions 

Log in to Self-Service.

  1. Select the “Student” tab
    ATCH Application Instructions

  2. Select "Students - Additional Systems & Resources"
    ATCH Application Instructions

  3. Select “RCOE Student Services”
    ATCH Application Instructions

  4. Select "Teacher Education Application"
    ATCH Application Instructions

  5. If you have NOT met all of the requirements, your account will show what is missing (if this is the case, you will need to contact your advisor, listed on your account).
  6. If you meet all of the requirements, simply click submit. You and your advisor will receive an email acknowledging the successful submission of your application. 


To check the status of your Teacher Education Application

Complete steps 1-4 above. Your screen will indicate your application status.

ATCH Application Status

Questions: Contact