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After acceptance at the University students are considered “pre-education” majors in their chosen field until they are admitted into one of the cohort programs that begins the Fall of the junior year. Applications for individual programs are found online beginning in October each year. Faculty committees determine which students are accepted into the cohorts, and teacher candidates are selected based on qualifications. If a student is not accepted into a cohort or if an accepted student does not attend, a new application must be made for consideration for the next year.

Completed applications must be returned to the John H. Lounsbury College of Education by the third Friday in January for the applicant to interview as part of the admission process. All interviews are scheduled in Milledgeville. Applications are considered incomplete until the interview is finished.

Teacher candidates are notified of the admission decision during spring semester. Every attempt is made to notify students early enough so that they may utilize the pre-registration period that term if necessary. Candidates accepted to an undergraduate cohort must have a laptop computer with wireless capability.

Each applicant to one of the degree/certification programs must complete and satisfy the following minimum criteria:


Complete all areas of the Core with a minimum 2.50 grade point average.

Core requirements may be completed at GCSU or transferred from another approved higher education institution.


Complete Area F of the Core with a minimum grade of C in each course. See specific degree programs for details.


Pass or exempt both parts of the Regents Examination.


Pass or exempt the GACE Basic Skills Assessment.


Submit three form letters of recommendation from individuals who support admission to a particular teacher education program.


Submit to a background check after acceptance into a cohort.


Complete the application for admission to a teacher education program and submit all required documentation by the third Friday in January.


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