Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education

Students intending to earn a degree that leads to teacher certification must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. The student will complete necessary Teacher Education paperwork in EDUC 250. If a student transfers an Intro to Education course into MSU please contact the Division of Education for necessary processes and paperwork. Students who have not been admitted to the program may have limited course offerings at or beyond the 300 level with the exception of those earning a B.A. in Early Childhood.

Successful completion of the following courses with the required minimum grades:
    ENGL 110
    College Composition I
    ENGL 120
    College Composition II
    or ENGL 125
    Business and Technical Writing
    MATH 103
    College Algebra
    COMM 110
    Fund. of Public Speaking
    PSYC 111
    Introduction to Psychology
    PSYC 255
    Child and Adolescent Psychology
    EDUC 250
    Introduction to Education

Entrance into the Teacher Education Program also requires the student to:

Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators prior to admission to Teacher Education with scores that meet or exceed the North Dakota state requirements.  Successful completion requires a student to meet a composite score of 466 with no score dropping below the minimum score for each test area: (149) Reading, (153) Writing, or (143) Math.

  1. Attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75;
  2. Complete Admission Interview;
  3. Provide proof of approved background check;
  4. Receive final approval from the Subcommittee of Admission and Retention when all criteria are met and a favorable committee review has been completed.

Certification and licensure requirements for teachers are impacted by changes in rules and regulations at the institutional, state, and federal levels. It is the teacher education candidate’s responsibility to be aware of these changes and their potential effects on employability.

Transfer Students

  1. Must meet all requirements as listed in the criteria for admission to Teacher Education; and
  2. Must contact the Division of Education (Education Building 116C) during their first semester to complete required forms and processes. 
Degree seeking, non-degree seeking, and students with prior degree(s) will have their files reviewed on an individual basis.

Continuance in Teacher Education

Admission to teacher education does not guarantee that the teacher education candidate will be retained in the program. To continue in the Teacher Education program, the student must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75;
  2. Demonstrate expected dispositions including: Timeliness, attendance, dress and appearance, attitude and composure, initiative, ethics and confidentiality, organization, flexibility, teacher awareness, communication, sensitivity to diversity, assessment, cooperation/collaboration, rapport/communication, self-reflective, responsiveness to feedback, lifelong learner, attitude toward learners, ways to contribute; and
  3. Continue to obtain satisfactory recommendations from faculty, staff, and field-experience supervisors.

If any one of the above three criteria are not met, the Chair of the Division of Education and Psychology will review and may appoint a 3-person subcommittee of the Admission and Retention (A & R) Committee to review the student file and relevant materials (InTASC evaluations, Disposition Evaluations , GPA, Coursework, etc.).   A determination of action will be made by the 3-person committee that may include: mentoring, improvement plan, probation or expulsion. A recommendation of expulsion from the program will be moved to the full A&R Committee.

Student Teaching

All students in teacher education will complete at least 10 semester hours (and 5 S.H. for each additional area of licensure) of student teaching.

Admission to student teaching requires:

  1. Full admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75;
  3. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in each teaching major and minor or area of specialization;
  4. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all professional education course work;
  5. Completion of three-fourths of the coursework, specifically including courses listed (per major) in the Teacher Education Handbook document “Courses Required Prior to Student Teaching”;
  6. Completion of all methods courses and professional education coursework with a grade of “C’ or better, excluding EDUC 250 where a “B” is required;
  7. Current approved background check; and
  8. Recommendation of the Teach Education Committee.

NOTE: A policy statement for students wishing to student teach out of an 80-mile radius is available from the Director of Student Placement in the Division of Education.

Exiting the Teacher Education Program

A favorable recommendation for teacher certification upon completion of the entire teacher education program requires:
  1. All teacher education graduates must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in their cumulative, major, minor, and professional education coursework.  A grade of “C” or better is required for all professional and methods education courses, excluding EDUC 250 where a “B” is required;
  2. Successful completion of electronic portfolio and presentation;
  3. A favorable recommendation from a majority from the Teacher Education Committee; and
  4. All teacher education candidates are required to take Praxis Subject Assessments and Principles of Learning and Teaching (Early Childhood Education, Elementary or Secondary) for each desired area of licensure. Information regarding test registration can be found at As of 5/19/2016 candidates must meet the following minimum scores for licensure.

Early Education

Content Test


Computer Test #


Min. Score 

Early Childhood Education 5025 156
Principles of Learning & Teaching: Early Childhood
5621  157 


Elementary Education

Content Test


Computer Test # 


Min. Score 

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
5017  153 
Principles of Learning & Teaching: Grades K-6
5622 160


Secondary Education

Content Test


Computer Test # 


Min. Score 

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
5038 167
World & US History: Content Knowledge
5941 151
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
5081 153
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
5161 160
General Science: Content Knowledge
5435 150
Biology: Content Knowledge
5235 153
Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 147
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 143
Principles of Learning & Teaching: Grades 7-12
5624 157


Special Education

Content Test


Computer Test # 


Min. Score 

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood
Special Education: Elementary or Secondary (Choose one)
   Special Education: Teaching Students with ID
5322 156
   Special Education: Teaching Students with
5372 154
         Behavior Disorder/Emotional Disturbance
  Special Education: Teaching Students with LD 5383 151

NOTE: Praxis Subject Assessments must meet or exceed the North Dakota requirements prior to seeking licensure.

Upon exit, students may continue to expand their certifications through the addition of minors, majors and endorsements.  Students seeking an additional SPED major immediately following completion of their first major must complete the major requirements which may or may not include 30 unduplicated credit hours.


Students have the right to appeal any negative decision regarding admission or continuance to the teacher education program, admission to student teaching and /or recommendations concerning teacher certification to the Admission and Retention Committee (A & R).  Appeals are initiated by written request to the Chair of the A&R committee.  The following documentation must accompany the request:
  1. Written explanation giving reasons the decisions should be reversed
  2. Documentation substantiating the students explanation
  3. A current copy of the student’s transcript (an unofficial transcript will be acceptable)
  4. Written recommendation for a reversal of the decision from the student’s advisor or a professor in the major field. To complete this, students must inform the Dean and Chair of the Division of Education which faculty or staff member they would like to complete a recommendation.  An internal document requesting a recommendation will be sent to and received from the faculty or staff member electronically.

*Documentation will be reviewed by the Dean and Chair of the Admission and Retention Committee.  Reviews of student requests will be brought to the Admission and Retention Committee.

  • After a decision has been made regarding the status of a student's program admission or continuance, the student will have 1 week to appeal the decision.  Information will be sent to the student via Mayville State University’s method of communication (MaSU email).
  • The A&R Committee will have two weeks to respond to the student’s request for appeal.