Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program

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Secondary and K-12 Programs 

Prior to enrolling in PTEP courses (typically begun in fall of junior year), all secondary/K-12 students must be formally admitted to the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP).

Admission Requirements to the PTEP are as follows:

  • Submit  Maryland passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE examination.  The PRAXIS CORE should bepassed by January of sophomore year.  You can register for PRAXIS tests via the Educational Testing Service website (
  • Submit an application to the faculty advisor the semester prior to registering for any PTEP courses
  • Have 56 credit hours completed prior to the start of PTEP courses
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.50 or better, including transfer grades
  • Have a major GPA of 2.75 or better, including transfer grades.

Find out What It Will Take to Raise Your GPA Here
  Compute Your Current GPA Here

  • The 56 credits must include the following courses with grades of C or better: 

EDUC 210 Schools in a Diverse Society 3 EDUC 300 Development and Learning 3 CMAT 250 Instructional Communication 3 ENGL 101 Principles of Composition 3 ENGL 102 Principles of Literature 3

How transfer grades affect your overall GPA

Although your transfer grades do not affect your SU GPA, they are considered when you apply to the PTEP.

How much impact do transfer grades have on your PTEP eligibility?

If you transfer 45 credits with an overall GPA of 2.0, it will take 15 credits (1 semester) of A or 45 credits (3 semesters) of B to raise your overall GPA to 2.5

If you transfer 60 credits with an overall GPA of 2.0, it will take 20 credits (more than 1 semester) of A or 60 credits (2 years!) of B to raise your overall GPA to 2.5.

If you are a prospective transfer student with a major GPA below 2.75 or a cumulative GPA below 2.5, you will certainly spend some extra time taking courses to raise your GPA before entering the professional program.

It is to a transfer student's benefit to repeat courses at their transfer institution.  Courses repeated at SU do not replace the transfer grade.

Secondary/K-12 Education Home

PRAXIS CORE Registration
PRAXIS CORE Preparation
PTEP Application
PTEP Application for Physical Education
Requirements for Student Teaching
Application to Student Teaching

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