Teacher Education Admission
Acceptance and enrollment at Savannah State University (SSU) does not automatically make one a candidate in the Teacher Education Program. In accordance with Board of Regents, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the School of Teacher Education, candidates must be formally screened and apply for admission to professional education. During the first three semesters, students interested in the teacher education program should take EDUC 2110, Investigating Critical/Contemporary Issues in Education, and EDUC 2120, Exploring Socio-Cultural Diversity. Students are to enroll in 2130, Exploring Teaching & Learning, after successfully completing 2110 and 2120. Students should also complete as many General Education requirements as possible. PSYC 2103 is a prerequisite for the teacher education major and will also count as a Social Science in Core Area E requirements.
Students interested in teacher education will have to apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. In order for the student to be admitted into the teacher education program, the student must have:
1. Completed an application to the School of Teacher Education (letter from faculty and dispositions form)
2. Satisfied a criminal history background clearance through Savannah State University Police Department
3. Submitted a completed Disclosure and Affirmation Form that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance
4. Completed at least 45 semester hours of accredited college coursework
5. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average for all attempted hours in the system core curriculum Areas A—F
6. Submitted passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT or ACT scores
7. Completed the Georgia Educator Ethics Program Assessment adminssions process
8. Completed EDUC 2110 and EDUC 2120 with grades of C or higher
9 . Received a positive recommendation from an Education Faculty member at Savannah State University (1 letter from an education faculty, 1 letter from a content faculty, and 1 letter from an education content faculty)
10 . Exhibited responsible, professional behavior in all classes and interactions with peers and faculty (dispositions)
11. Been approved for admission by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC)
12. A written personal statement. The statement should be written in paragraph form, 300-400 words, and contain 3 components: a brief autobiographical section describing your background, a section detailing your motivation to become a teacher, and a section outlining your hopes for the future including the kind of teacher you want to be. Be sure your personal statement is double spaced, includes your name at the top and is in APA format.
For more information about admittance into the teacher education program, contact the Office of Teacher Education at 912-358-4100.