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.

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

Tennessee Code Annotated §49-5-5610 requires that any student wishing to enter an approved teacher education program must undergo a criminal history check and fingerprinting by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Criminal Background Checks from outside agencies will not be accepted.

 Regardless, if you have obtained a cleared TBI background check in the past, if you are not enrolled consecutively for the fall and spring semesters at Middle Tennessee State University, you may be required to obtain a subsequent background check. Contact the Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences to check the status of your background check at 615-898-2794.

AST Degree Recipients: In order to complete full admission to the Teacher Education Program at Middle Tennessee State students must show proof of having been awarded the AST Degree as well as submit proof of your test scores along with official application.


Job Embedded Clinical Practice

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

  •  Job Embedded students, the GPA requirement is 2.75 Inclusive from a completed baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree program or a 3.00 GPA in the most recent sixty (60) credit hours earned at a regionally accredited IHE.
  • 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: Beginning June 1, 2019, all Secondary Job-Embedded candidates must enroll in the M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction ( Licensure Specialization) Program.


 Apply for Admission to Teacher Education Program (ATE)

Elementary Ed Secondary EdJob-Embedded Middle GradesEarly Childhood  SPED  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. 


ATE Forms and Documents

forms & Documents Type
Praxis Core Academic Appeal Form for All Majors
Praxis Appeal Form
Explanation of 60 hour GPA Calculation  Explanation of 60 hour GPA Calculation
Job-Embedded Reference Form ATE
JobEmbedded_Reference_Form_ATE
ATE Instructions for Obtaining Background Check 
(Form Updated: Fall 2019)
ATE Instructions for Obtaining Background Check
VECHS Waiver Agreement and Statement 
(Form Updated: Summer 2019)
test
Noncriminal Justice Applicant Privacy Rights Form
(Form Updated: Summer 2019)
test
ATE Recommendation Form For All Majors
(Form Updated: Spring 2019)
Interview form for Candidate for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

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