Elementary Education Admission Procedures

The information below outlines the steps required for a formal application to the Elementary Education Licensure Pathway Program. Please read this information carefully and follow all the steps listed below.

All application requirements outlined below must be completed prior to January 1st of the junior year. Candidates are strongly encouraged to begin the process early. An incomplete application may prevent a candidate from entering into the program or future classes.

Applications to the TEP programs are managed through the Education Department’s Licensure Office. Please direct any questions to the Licensure Officer, Dr. Neelam Awan.

Admission to the licensure pathway major requires a formal application and includes the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of EDU 102L, EDU 201, and EDU 311
  • Minimum qualifying score on ACT, SAT, or Praxis Core
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 at the time of application and throughout the program
  • Interview with education content advisor

Elementary Education Application Requirements

The following steps comprise the application process for the undergraduate Elementary Teacher Education Program (TEP). Formal acceptance, which must be granted by January 1st prior to entering the Professional Semester (spring semester of junior year), occurs upon successful completion of the application steps listed below.

Major Declaration. Candidates declare a major in Elementary Education through the University Registrar.

Teacher Education Application. Complete an online TEP application for admission. A link can be found here: Elementary Education Application

Course Requirements. Students must successfully complete Exploring School Communities (EDU 102L), Educational Policy and Practice (EDU 201), and Learning and Cognitive Science (EDU 311) before formal acceptance into the TEP will be granted. Graduation requirements for professional licensure candidates include having a minimum grade of C in each course attempted in the Department of Education.

Evidence of NC State Testing Requirements. Candidates must meet the NC State Testing Requirements for admission into the TEP, including a minimum qualifying score on ACT, SAT, or Praxis Core, and submit evidence of completion to the Licensure Officer, Dr. Neelam Awan. More information can be obtained through the link NC State Testing Requirements on Wake Department of Education website. Praxis information can be found at Praxis website. Contact the Licensure Office with any questions about this process.

Minimum Grade Point Average. Students must have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average before being formally accepted into the TEP and must maintain a 2.70 cumulative grade point average throughout the program. If a prospective student has special needs, such as a learning disability, that may impact the grade point average, they should contact the Wake Forest Center for Learning Access, and Student Success for advice and assistance.

Elementary Advisor Interview. Schedule an interview with the Department of Education elementary advisor. A TEP evaluation form should be completed by the education advisor. This form can be submitted online and a link can be found at Elementary Advisor Recommendation Form.

Irregular Admissions

There are minimum requirements for undergraduate licensure programs. On rare occasions, when applicants do not initially meet all requirements and are advised to delay the application or seek irregular admissions, they must write a request and receive written permission for formal acceptance by a faculty committee consisting of the department chair, graduate program director (if applicable), and elementary or secondary faculty. All licensure program requirements must be met prior to graduation.

Formal Acceptance

After the application materials are received by the Department of Education, candidates will receive a letter stating the decision on their application. There are three responses: formal acceptance, rejection, or acceptance deferred. The deferred decision includes the conditions for formal acceptance.