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.

The requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program will differ depending on your program. Please be sure to follow the requirements that apply to you in the correct section below.

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


Elementary Ed, Middle Grades and Special Education Majors

    • In order to obtain full admission to the program, you must complete all requirements for admission.
    • Click here to view Admission Requirements
    • Timeline for Submission of ATE Application

      Semester Admission deadlines
      Spring  October 4 and December 4
      Summer  March 4 and May 4
      Fall  August 4

NOTE: To be eligible for priority registration, students should apply no later than March 4 for Fall semester and October 4 for Spring semester.


Secondary Education Minors

    • In order to obtain full admission to the program, you must complete all requirements for admission.
    • There is currently no submission deadline for secondary application.
    • Click here to view Admission Requirements

Job Embedded Clinical Practice

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

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75 on all coursework attempted / OR 3.00+ on the last 60 hours attempted.
  • 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 MajorsSecondary Ed MinorsJob-Embedded Applicants Middle Grade MajorsEarly Childhood Majors SPED Majors Curriculum and Instruction-ELED


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. 

Passing Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) results will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Core exam throughout a grace period during the transition to the new Praxis Core exam. The grace period will end on July 14, 2014. PPST tests that are taken before July 15, 2014 will be accepted for up to five years following the date the test was taken.


ATE Forms & Documents

forms & Documents Type
Praxis Core Academic Appeal Form for All Majors (2017) Praxis Appeal Form
Explanation of 60 hour GPA Calculation (2017) Explanation of 60 hour GPA Calculation
Job-Embedded Reference Form ATE (2017) JobEmbedded_Reference_Form_ATE
ATE Background Check Authorization Form for All Majors (2017) ATE Background Check Authorization Form
Interview Form for ELED ED, Middle Grades and SPED Majors (2017) 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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