Application Process

Undergraduate students must make formal application for admission to the Teacher Education Program. It is recommended that students apply at the beginning of the second semester of the sophomore year. Completed applications must be submitted in person to University Hall Suite 1160. The application deadline for Fall is September 15 and for Spring is February 1. It is important that a student make the decision to apply for admission to the program as soon as possible. If application is made later than the end of the sophomore year, there may be some difficulty in completing the undergraduate degree in four years. Your completed application must be submitted in person to University Hall Suite 1160.

Applications can be found here: Undergraduate Teacher Education Application

The criteria for admission are:

  1. The academic overall GPA requirement for admission to the single certification Teacher Education Programs at Montclair State University is a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale and with no failing grades). The academic overall GPA requirement for admission to the Combined Bachelor's/Master's with Dual Certification Programs at Montclair State University is a 3.24 (on a 4.0 scale and with no failing grades). Supplemental Applicants must submit a statement of a minimum of 250 words. This is required for:

    • Single certification applicants with an overall GPA that is lower than 3.0 and higher than 2.75.
    • Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s with Dual Certification Program applicants with an overall GPA that is lower than 3.25 but higher than 3.0.
    • Applicants whose major GPA falls within 0.25 points below the requirement.
  2. Copy of official passing test score for Praxis Core, SAT or ACT Submit a score report with a passing score for one of these three standardized tests. If you submitted the SAT or ACT when you were admitted to MSU, submit a photocopy of your score report with your Teacher Education Program application. If you took the Praxis Core, provide a copy of the PDF score report that was sent to you by ETS. Scores cannot be combined from different tests to meet the admission requirement

  3. Successful completion of prerequisite courses. See Steps for Admission to UG Teacher Education Program for more information.

  4. One recommendation letter from a MSU faculty member in major department or a faculty member from the CEHS. Transfer students may obtain a recommendation letter from their previous college.

  5. Writing samples, one of which is a timed impromptu writing assignment.

  6. A successful interview by a faculty committee with representatives from the College of Education and Human Services and the student's teaching field or major. The interviewers' assessment of the candidate will be made using the Portrait of a Teacher as a guide.

  7. An audition or portfolio review is required of music and art students respectively. When a student is admitted to the program, advisors from the professional education sequence and the major will be assigned to help the student plan their sequence properly.

Please note that we look at a variety of factors when determining admission to the Teacher Education Program and we choose candidates who demonstrate the best potential in all areas. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Further information regarding the process of admission to the Teacher Education Program can be obtained at the Teacher Education Admissions & Retention Office, University Hall, Suite 1160 and at the Center of Pedagogy Blackboard community.

APPLICATION PROCESS OUTCOMES

There are five (5) possible outcomes of the application process:

Not Eligible
Student application does not move forward in the application process. Based on careful review of the student’s written application prior to the interview, it was determined that the criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program were not met (i.e. pre-requisite coursework and/or GPA). Students may re-apply the following semester if they successfully meet the criteria for admission at that time.

Not Accepted
Based on careful review of the student’s application, the criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program have not been met and the student is not accepted into the Program. In most cases students are permitted to re-apply in a subsequent semester.

Supplemental Status
Students whose overall and/or major grade point average that is .25 below the required minimum may be considered for admission through the Supplemental Application process. See the Teacher Education Admissions & Retention Department for information. Students admitted with a supplemental application are admitted provisionally with the requirement to raise the GPA to program minimums within a period of two successive semesters.

Provisional Acceptance
Provisional acceptance requires satisfying the conditions identified within a period of two successive semesters or else a student may be withdrawn from the program.

Full Acceptance
Full acceptance into the Teacher Education Program is required before applying to do Fieldwork/Clinical I.