The Admission Process: Phase I: Pre-application

 

When students first enter the University, they select a program and subject-matter major and pursue course work in general education and in the major under the guidance of an advisor in the department where the major is housed. Toward the end of their second year or in their third year of study, most full-time students are ready to apply for admission to a professional program. Prior to this application, students are required to:

  • Complete 45 credits, of which 15 have been earned at Central Connecticut State University (with the exception of elementary education). Graduates of Connecticut community colleges may have this requirement waived; contact the office of the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies for details.
  • Pass the Praxis I Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST)-basic skills testing in reading, writing, and mathematics-or be qualified to have this test waived. This must be done at least one semester before application can be made to the professional program. Praxis I (PPST) may be waived if the one of the following conditions is met:

(1)               SAT Waiver: A combined verbal and mathematics score on the SAT of 1,100 or more with no less than 450 on either the verbal or the mathematics subtests on tests taken on or after April 1, 1995, or a total score of 1,000 on the SAT, with neither the mathematics nor the verbal subtest scores below 400 points on tests taken on or prior to March 31, 1995.

(2)               Satisfactory scores on ACT, Prueba De Aptitud Academica (PAA), or GRE. See the Connecticut State Department of Education website at www.ctcert.org for score requirements and further details. Praxis I waiver information is also available in the information rack outside the dean's office (HB 203).

  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 at CCSU and a cumulative 2.70 GPA including all undergraduate coursework taken at all institutions (including CCSU). Students may appeal for a waiver of the GPA requirement based on demonstrated academic ability and intervening life experience; see "Appeals Process" web page. Some programs have additional GPA requirements. See requirements specific to each program for details.
  • Submit two recommendations (signed originals) related to the student's ability to work with children and adults. Some programs have specific recommendation requirements. See requirements specific to each program for details.
  • Successfully complete an essay demonstrating the student's command of the English language. Some programs have additional essay requirements. See requirements specific to each program for details.
  • Pass an interview, conducted after the professional program application is submitted, with a faculty team demonstrating an acceptable standard of knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions important to effective teaching performance.

Additional Program Specific Requirements

Art Education:

  • Successful completion of ART 112, ART 113, ART 120, PSY 236, EDTE 314, and ART 301. Students may be enrolled in these courses at time of professional program application but must complete them before professional program admission will be granted;
  • Successful completion of departmental portfolio review; and
  • Minimum overall 3.00 GPA calculated on all courses with the ART prefix (or its equivalent for transfer courses).

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, or Physics Education:

  • Submission of a recently written original laboratory report (or program-approved substitute) of which the student is the sole author; and
  • For post-baccalaureate students, no more than three courses remaining in the certification content area at the time of professional program application.

Elementary Education:

  • A grade of C or better in the following courses: ENG 110, American history survey course, MATH 113, MATH 213, PSY 236, EDT 210, EDTE 210, and PSY 362 or 361. Students may be enrolled in the above courses at the time of professional program application but must complete them before professional program admission will be granted;
  • A GPA of 2.70 calculated on a minimum of 15 credits required in the subject-matter major. The 2.70 subject-matter major GPA, with no grade less than a C-, must be maintained throughout the professional program. Students may be enrolled in the 15 credits of subject-matter courses at the time of professional program application, but must complete the 15 credits at this standard before professional program admission will be granted;
  • Two recommendations on the program-approved recommendation form. One recommendation must be from a faculty member in the subject-matter major. The other must come from a professional individual who has observed the student's work with children;
  • Successful completion of a second on-site departmental essay after professional program application is submitted; and
  • Documentation of 30 hours of quality experience with children on the program-approved experience documentation form.

English Education:

  • A minimum overall 3.00 GPA calculated on all courses with the ENG and LING prefixes (or their equivalents on transfer courses);
  • Successful completion of the following courses before applying to the professional program: LING 200, all four required sophomore surveys (ENG 203 or 204, ENG 205, and ENG 210, and one course from among ENG 203, 204, 206, or 211), ENG 220, and ENG 449, and
  • Of the two required letters of recommendation, one recommendation from a CCSU English faculty member.

History/Social Studies Education:

  • A minimum overall 3.00 GPA calculated on all courses with the ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, SOC, and PS prefixes (or equivalent transfer courses);
  • Of the two required letters of recommendation, one recommendation from a full-time faculty member in the Department of History;
  • A grade of B or better in HIST 301 or a department-approved equivalent. Undergraduate students must have met this requirement before applying to the professional program. Post-baccalaureate students may request a waiver from the history department to take HIST 301 in the semester of professional program application but the course must be completed before full professional program admission will be granted. Any student wishing to substitute a class from another university as an equivalent to HIST 301 must get approval from the department before submitting a professional program application; and
  • Additional post-baccalaureate student requirement only: Submission of passing scores on Praxis II (test 0081) with the professional program application.

Languages-French, German, Italian, or Spanish Education:

            These programs have no additional program requirements.

Mathematics Education:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.70 calculated on mathematics courses counting toward major, with no more than two repeats;
  • Three mathematics courses at CCSU with a grade of C- or better in each. This requirement may be waived with prior department approval;
  • Calculus II (MATH 221) with a grade of C- or better before applying to the professional program;
  • Of the two required letters of recommendation, one recommendation from a faculty member in the CCSU Department of Mathematical Sciences; and
  • Passing score on a second mathematics essay written on the program-approved essay form.

Music Education:

  • Passing scores on at least 60% of piano proficiency exam; and
  • Successful completion of MUS 101, MUS 216, MUS 222, and MUS 278 before admission to the professional program.
  • Successful completion of EDTE 314 and MUS 310 with a grade of C or better. Student may be enrolled in these at the time of application but must complete them before admission will be granted.

Physical Education:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA on all courses in the physical education major;
  • Successful completion of EXS 213 (formerly PE 213), PE 111, and two skills courses in the physical education major before applying to the professional program; and
  • Successful completion of PE 299 and EDTE 314. Student may be enrolled in these at the time of application but must complete them before admission will be granted.

Special Education:
         The special education certification program is only offered at the graduate level. See the graduate catalog for details.

Technology and Engineering Education:

  • Non-transfer undergraduate students: Completion of (or enrollment in) 15 credits at CCSU in TE, MFG, EMEC, GRT, or TC prefixed courses at time of professional program application;
  • Undergraduate transfer students: Completion of (or enrollment in) 9 credits at CCSU in TE, MFG, EMEC, GRT, or TC prefixed courses at time of professional program application; and
  • Post-baccalaureate certification students: Completion of (or enrollment in) six credits at CCSU in TE, MFG, EMEC, GRT, or TC prefixed courses at time of professional program application.

TESOL:
        The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification program is only offered at the graduate level. See the graduate catalog for details.

 

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