Admission to Teacher Education Program (ATE)

Students who wish to prepare themselves for careers as teachers must make formal application for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FROM OUTSIDE AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. THE BACKGROUND CHECK MUST BE COMPLETED THROUGH THE  Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences—NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you are unsure of which requirements you need to follow, please check with your academic advisor.


Elementary Ed, Early Childhood, Middle Grades,Special Education and Secondary Education


Job Embedded Clinical Practice

Candidates applying for the Practitioner license job-embedded path must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA: minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75. Post-baccalaureate candidates may also be admitted with a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of a completed baccalaureate degree. 
  • Reference forms: Two reference forms specifically recommending admission to teacher education (MTSU rating form). (Download Form Below)
  • Test Score: Acceptable test scores on one of the following:

Note: Job-Embedded applicants must apply and be accepted as either a non-degree seeking student in the Alternative I & II Licensure Program, or as a graduate student seeking a master’s degree before applying for Admission to Teacher Education Program. 


 Apply for Admission to Teacher Education Program (ATE)

Elementary Ed Secondary EdJob-Embedded Middle GradesEarly Childhood  SPED  Curriculum and Instruction-ELED AST Degree Applicants


Note: Undergraduate 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 Pre-Req/Test code error will be given during registration to those who have not been fully admitted. 


ATE Forms & Documents

forms & Documents Type
Praxis Core Academic Appeal Form for All Majors (2017) Praxis Appeal Form
Explanation of 60 hour GPA Calculation (2018) Explanation of 60 hour GPA Calculation
Job-Embedded Reference Form ATE (2017) JobEmbedded_Reference_Form_ATE
ATE Background Check Authorization Form for All Majors (2019) ATE Background Check Authorization Form
ATE Recommendation Form for All Majors (2018) Interview form for Candidate for Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Core Academic Skills Tests FAQ (2017)  Core Academic Skills Tests FAQ
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