Admission to Teacher Education

 Thank you for applying for Admission to the Teacher Education Program! We have a path for anyone wanting to pursue a teaching license.

Please remember, students will not be able to register for or obtain permits for any upper division classes until they are fully admitted to the teacher education program. A prerequisite/test code error will be given during registration if you have not been fully admitted.

  • All students (including non-degree seeking) who are pursuing teacher licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
  • The requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program will differ depending on your program path.
  • Please be sure to follow the requirements that apply to you in the correct section below. If you are unsure of which requirements to follow, check with your academic advisor. 
**All forms including Application for Admissions to the Teacher Education Program, Interview Request Form, Background Check Form, VECHS Waiver Agreement Form, and Disposition Assessment Form are located in the last tab on this page.

  • Admission to TEP Contact

                                      , Certification Analyst
    Office of Teacher Education
    Tennessee Tech University
    Campus Box 5092
    Cookeville, TN 38505 
    P: 931-372-6407
    E: 
    F: 931-372-6286

  • Teacher Education & 2+2 Admission Deadlines

    OTE Admission Deadlines: Main Campus / Cookeville

    • Fall: August 1
    • Spring: January 5
    • Summer: May 1

    2+2 Program Deadlines: Community College Partners

    • Intent to Participate: March 1
    • Teacher Ed Application: April 20
    • Interview Request Form: April 20
    • Full Admission to 2+2: June 15

    • PLEASE NOTE:
      Individuals who have been previously dismissed from the Tech Teacher Education Program cannot be admitted/readmitted into the licensure program for three (3) consecutive semesters (including summer).

  • Undergraduate & Transferring Students

    The undergraduate admission process applies to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and transfer students that received the AS or AAS Degrees from a community college.

    First, a formal Application for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be filed once a student has reached 30 or more credit hours excluding ADP course credit.


    Then, complete the following class requirements:

    • ENGL 1010 and 1020 or equivalent with a C or higher
    • FOED 1820/1822 or equivalent with a B or higher.
    • FOED 2011 or equivalent with a B or higher
    • (Note: You are exempt from FOED 1820/2011 classes if you had one of the below major based equivalents)
    • For ARED- ARED 2020
    • For HEC- HEC 2800
    • For AGED- AGED 2120
    • For MUED- MUED 1820
    • For EXPW - FOED 2011 and EXPW 1021

    Next, complete the Interview Request Form and the Interview Process.

    • In addition to being a benchmark requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program, the purpose of the interview process is for the Office of Teacher Education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting while also giving candidates interview experience.
    • The process provides insight into the candidate’s understanding of the profession.
    • To schedule an interview, please complete the interview request form. If a date is not available that you can attend, please keep checking back for more dates. Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the date you select.

    After that, complete the Background Check Applicant Privacy Rights form (physical/hard copy signature required).

    Complete the VECHS Background Check Waiver Agreement form (physical/hard copy signature required).

    • The fingerprinting process must be completed first. Background check results are not released until the OTE submits this form to the TBI.
    • Complete the required Tech Background Check process through IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA. This requirement must be completed through the Office of Teacher Education (no exceptions).

    Then, complete the Disposition Request Form for three disposition assessments.

    • In addition to being a benchmark requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program, the purpose of the disposition assessments is for the OTE to gain knowledge in regards to a teacher candidate’s collaboration, communication, scholarship, respect, responsibility, and reflection from advisors and faculty who interact with the candidate on a regular basis.
    • The assessments are also used by the Office of Teacher Education to determine a candidate’s potential success in the Teacher Education Program. The three dispositions MUST come from the following individuals. You will need an accurate email address for each person listed:

      1) Academic Advisor
      2) College-Level Education Instructor (Ex. FOED 2011 or EDPY 2200)
      3) College Instructor in Major Teaching Field (Ex. History, Math, English, etc.)
      Minimum Inclusive GPA of 2.75 (No exceptions)

    Meet Testing Requirements:

    Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
    Minimum Score: Reading 156 / Writing 162 / Math 150

    Computer Based Test: Reading 5712 / Writing 5722 / Math 5732

    Exemptions from Praxis CORE: ACT (Composite of 21) OR SAT (Score of 1080)

    Passing Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) results will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Core exam throughout a grace period during the transition to the new Praxis Core exam. The grace period will end on July 14, 2014. PPST tests that are taken before July 15, 2014 will be accepted for up to five years following the date the test was taken. The passing scores for the PPST are as follows: Reading- 174, Math- 173, and Writing- 173.

    When taking the Praxis test, please be sure to addTennessee Tech as a score recipient. We must have these on file.

    Our School ID is: 1804


    **All forms including Application for Admissions to the Teacher Education Program, Interview Request Form, Background Check Form, VECHS Waiver Agreement Form, and Disposition Assessment Form are located in the last tab on this page.

  • Associate Science in Teaching (AST) Requirements

    Students who completed the AST degree through a community college will have completed some requirements previously in order to obtain that degree.In order to complete full admission to the Teacher Education Program at Tennessee Tech.

    Students must show proof of having been awarded the AST degree (this information will be listed on official transcripts) and also complete the requirements for admission with an AST.

    First, a formal Application for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be filed once a student has reached 30 or more credit hours excluding ADP course credit.


    Then, complete the following class requirements:

    ENGL 1010 and 1020 or equivalent with a C or higher
    FOED 1820/1822 or equivalent with a B or higher.
    (Note: You are exempt from this class if you had one of the below major based equivalents)
    FOED 2011 or equivalent with a B or higher
    For ARED- ARED 2020
    For HEC- HEC 2800
    For AGED- AGED 2120
    For MUED- MUED 1820
    For EXPW - FOED 2011 and EXPW 1021

    Next, complete the Interview Request Form and the Interview Process.

    In addition to being a benchmark requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program, the purpose of the interview process is for the Office of Teacher Education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting while also giving candidates interview experience.
    The process provides insight into the candidate’s understanding of the profession.
    To schedule an interview, please complete the interview request form. If a date is not available that you can attend, please keep checking back for more dates. Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the date you select.

    After that, complete the Background Check Applicant Privacy Rights form (physical/hard copy signature required).

    Complete the VECHS Background Check Waiver Agreement form (physical/hard copy signature required).

    The fingerprinting process must be completed first. Background check results are not released until the OTE submits this form to the TBI.
    Complete the required Tech Background Check process through IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA. This requirement must be completed through the Office of Teacher Education (no exceptions).


    **All forms including Application for Admissions to the Teacher Education Program, Interview Request Form, Background Check Form, VECHS Waiver Agreement Form, and Disposition Assessment Form are located in the last tab on this page.

  • Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

    A post-baccalaureate student is someone who already has a bachelor's degree (or higher).

    Post-baccalaureates are allowed to take up to 12 undergraduate hours during their first attending semester OR up to 9 graduate hours during their first attending semester without being fully admitted to the program.

    Benchmark Checklist:

    Graduate Benchmarks for Student Teaching


     Please be sure to return your signed program contract to Amanda Roberts, aroberts@tntech.edu, prior to registration.

    However, the application, interview process, and background check are required prior to registration of the first attending semester.

    A post-baccalaureate student will have only one semester to complete all remaining requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program.

    Before you begin this process, please submit the program of study request / transcript analysis request online.

    Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing after submitting all requirements listed below.

    Notice: all forms require a T-number for completion.

    Program of Study Request


     All students (including non-degree seeking) who are pursuing teacher licensure must be fully admitted to the teacher education program.

    A formal application for admission to the teacher education program must be filed prior to the first semester of attendance. (please complete this requirement first!)


    Complete the interview request form and the interview process. In addition to being a benchmark requirement for admission to the teacher education program, the purpose of the interview process is for the office of teacher education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting while also giving candidates interview experience. The process provides insight into the candidate’s understanding of the profession. To schedule an interview, please complete the interview request form. If a date is not available that you can attend, please keep checking back for more dates. Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the date you select.


    Complete the background check applicant privacy rights form (physical signature required).

    Complete the VECHS background check waiver agreement  form (physical signature required). The fingerprinting process must be completed first . Background check results are not released until the office of teacher education submits this form to the TBI.

    Complete the required Tech background check process through identogo by morphotrust usa. This requirement must be completed through the office of teacher education (no exceptions).


    Complete the disposition request form for three disposition assessments prior to the end of your first attending semester. In addition to being a benchmark requirement for admission to the teacher education program, the purpose of the disposition assessments is for the office of teacher education to gain knowledge in regards to a teacher candidate’s collaboration, communication, scholarship, respect, responsibility, and reflection from advisors and faculty who interact with the candidate on a regular basis.

    The assessments are also used by the office of teacher education to determine a candidate’s potential success in the teacher education program. The three dispositions must come from the following individuals. You will need an accurate email address for each person listed.

    Academic advisor

    College level education instructor (ex. Foed 6320)

    College instructor in major teaching field (ex. History, math, english, etc.)3


    Minimum undergraduate gpa of 2.75 when applying

    Meet testing requirements:

    Post-baccalaureate students who are enrolled with the graduate school must have one of the following tests: Mat (minimum score of 372)Gre 

    If your verbal score is between 143-150, your quantitative score must be above 141.

    If your quantitative score is between 138-141, your verbal score must be higher than 150.

    A minimum score of 4.0 is required on the writing section
    Post-bac admission to teacher education low GPA appeal request.

    The Tennessee Tech Teacher Education Program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a 3.00 within the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework for program admission.

    Potential candidates who hold a bachelor's degree, but do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for admission to the Tennessee Tech University Teacher Education Program may request an appeal. Please contact Amanda Roberts for additional information.

    ***This appeal is only for post-bac candidates who have been denied admission into the program on the basis of not meeting the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement.


    **All forms including Application for Admissions to the Teacher Education Program, Interview Request Form, Background Check Form, VECHS Waiver Agreement Form, and Disposition Assessment Form are located in the last tab on this page.

  • Occupational License Requirements 

    All students pursuing teacher licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, including individuals pursuing an Occupational License.

    Before you begin this process, please submit the program of study request / transcript analysis request online.

    Program of Study Request 

    Please be sure to return your signed program contract to Amanda Roberts, aroberts@tntech.edu, prior to registration.

    Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing after submitting all requirements listed below.

    Notice: all forms require a university T-number for completion. 

    All students who are pursuing teacher licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. That includes individuals pursuing an Occupational License.

    A formal application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program must be submitted prior to the start of your first attending semester. (please complete this requirement first!)


    Complete the interview request form and the interview process. In addition to being a benchmark requirement for Admission to the Teacher Education Program, the purpose of the interview process is for the Office of Teacher Education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting while also giving candidates interview experience.

    The process provides insight into the candidate’s understanding of the profession. To schedule an interview, please complete the interview request form. If a date is not available that you can attend, please keep checking back for more dates. Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the date you select.


    Complete the background check applicant privacy rights form (physical signature required).

    Complete the vechs background check waiver agreement form (physical signature required). The fingerprinting process must be completed first. Background check results are not released until the office of teacher education submits this form to the TBI.

    Complete the required Tn Tech background check process through identoGO by MorphoTrust USA. This requirement must be completed through the Office of Teacher Education (no exceptions).


    **All forms including Application for Admissions to the Teacher Education Program, Interview Request Form, Background Check Form, VECHS Waiver Agreement Form, and Disposition Assessment Form are located in the last tab on this page.

  • Courses Requiring Admission to TEP
  • Application for Admission & Other Required Forms

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