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To gain admission into the College of Education and one of its outstanding programs, please note program-specific requirements found below and plan accordingly. For more information on specific requirements, read our Admissions FAQs. Please click on your program of choice below for information pertaining to application dates, deadlines, and requirements.

Application Information

For all College of Education (COE) programs, if the number of applications exceeds maximum capacity, then the COE Admissions will review applications and make admissions decisions based on academic standing. Those not admitted are welcome to reapply, and we strongly recommend that students make an appointment with their academic advisor to review their options.

Teacher Education

Elementary and Special Education Program

Entrance into program: Deadline for application submission is Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1, 2019.

If the number of applications exceeds maximum capacity for the ELESPED dual degree in the College of Education, then admissions will review applications and make admissions decisions based on academic standing. Those not admitted are welcome to reapply, and we strongly recommend that students make an appointment with their academic advisor to review their options.

The elementary and special education program offers a dual major in early childhood and special education, preparing students to work in both fields in grades P-5. All ELESPED cohorts begin in the fall (one summer attendance is required before admittance into the program). During the fall placement, candidates are assigned to selected area schools and expected to attend preplanning along with the classroom teachers during both years of the program. Check admissions FAQ for more information.

Please read the following information thoroughly before applying to the teacher education program:

  • Professional Development Communities (PDCs)
  • Field Placement Policy
  • Pre-Planning Requirements

All information above included in information pamphlet.

Submit the following application materials as a complete packet:

  • Completed teacher education application for admission.
  • Completed Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey.
  • Completed pre-service application (included in application for pre-service certificate.
  • Signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) affidavit form (must include clear copy of acceptable ID as noted on Pg. 6 of Pre-Service Certification Application).
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Education Ethics Assessment.
  • Copy of professional lability insurance showing coverage for entire length of program (two years), through graduation.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript reflecting:
    • GPA of 2.75
    • Completion of 60 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), A2 (Math) and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, EDUC 2130), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
  • Copy of plan of study signed by your College of Education advisor.
  • Proof of successful completion or exemption of GACE program admissions test
    • You may exempt GACE program admissions tests if you can provide proof of any of the following:
      • SAT minimum score 1000 combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math for tests taken prior to July 1, 2019
      • SAT minimum score 1080 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for tests taken on or after July 1, 2019
    • A copy of your SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions score report is REQUIRED with your application. See our FAQ page for additional information.
    • Transfer students must supply an official copy of test scores (SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions)

The College of Education admissions office also requires that you…

  • Must maintain a documented, overall (UNG and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0;
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account; and
  • If you are a transfer student, apply to UNG and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your previous institution.

Special Note for Transfer Students

Transfer students wishing to apply to the UNG Teacher Education Program must first apply for admission to UNG. Please note that admission to UNG does not automatically guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Transfer students must also submit a letter of recommendation from an education professor at the previous institution. 

Once admitted, our field placement director places students in Professional Development Communities (PDCs). This placement is for two full years and includes a summer semester.

Please be sure to read the professional development communities, field placement, pre-planning and requirement information thoroughly.

Middle Grades Program (Dahlonega)

Fall Entrance into program: Deadline for application submission is Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1, 2019.

The middle level program prepares students to work in grades 4-8. Middle level candidates select two teaching field concentrations (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Reading). All middle level cohorts begin in the fall semester. During the fall placement of the senior year, candidates are assigned to selected area schools and expected to attend preplanning along with the classroom teachers. Check Admissions FAQ for more information.

Submit the following application materials as a complete packet:
  • Completed teacher education application for admission.
  • Completed Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey.
  • Completed Pre-Service application for Pre-Service Certificate.
  • Signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) affidavit form (Must include clear copy of acceptable ID as noted on Pg. 6 on the Pre-Service Certificate Application).
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Education Ethics Assessment.
  • Copy of Professional Liability Insurance showing coverage for entire length of program (2 years), through graduation.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript reflecting:
    • GPA of 2.75
    • completion of 60 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), A2 (Math) and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, EDUC 2130), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
    • Math: require a “C” or higher in all MATH content courses
    • English: require a “C” or higher in all ENGL content courses and a “B” or higher in ENGL 2050, ENGL 2230 and 21XX
    • History: require a “C” or higher in all HIST, POLS, ANTH, ECON, SOCI, or GEOG courses, regardless of AS or BS
    • Biology, chemistry and physics: require a “C” or higher in all content courses
  • Copy of Plan of Study signed by your College of Education Advisor.
  • Proof of successful completion or exemption of GACE program admissions test
    • You may exempt GACE program admissions tests if you can provide proof of any of the following:
      • SAT minimum score 1000 combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math for tests taken prior to July 1, 2019
      • SAT minimum score 1080 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for tests taken on or after July 1, 2019
    • A copy of your SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions score report is REQUIRED with your application. See our FAQ page for additional information.
    • Transfer students must supply an official copy of test scores (SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions)

The College of Education Admissions office also requires that you…

  • Must maintain a documented, overall (UNG and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0;
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account; and
  • If you are a transfer student, apply to UNG and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your previous institution.

Secondary Content Programs (Dahlonega)

Spring Entrance into program: Deadline for submission is August 26 - August 30, 2019.

Please contact your content department to request an advisor in biology, chemistry, English, history, or mathematics education. Regarding admissions into the College of Education, please note the following requirements and check Admissions FAQ for additional information.

Submit the following application materials as a complete packet:
  • To apply for the program, follow the instructions below

    • Step 1: Visit the College of Education Admissions Page( and log in using your UNG credentials.
    • Step 2: Select the Secondary/P-12 Workflow in the online application.
    • Step 3: Complete and submit the application for the Secondary/P-12 program.
    • Step 4: Monitor your UNG email for correspondence from the admissions office in the weeks after for questions related to your application, and finally, for admissions decisions.
    • Step 5: Admissions decisions will be emailed to students within one month of applying to the program. If accepted into the Secondary/P-12 program, all admissions documents included with your acceptance letter must be signed and turned in by the deadline indicated on the Secondary/P-12 program acceptance letter.

     

    Requirements for admissions

    • GPA of 2.75 at the time of applying, 3.0 required for graduation
    • Completion of 60-80 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, and EDUC 2130), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
    • Copy of DegreeWorks audit signed by your College of Education advisor AND content advisor
    • Proof of successful completion or exemption of GACE program admissions test
      • You may exempt GACE program admissions tests if you can provide proof of any of the following:
        • SAT minimum score 1000 combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math for tests taken prior to July 1, 2019
        • SAT minimum score 1080 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for tests taken on or after July 1, 2019
      • A copy of your SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions score report is REQUIRED with your application. See our FAQ page for additional information.
      • Transfer students must supply an official copy of test scores (SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions)
    • The College of Education Admissions office also requires that you:
      • Must maintain a documented, overall (UNG and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0
      • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account
      • If you are a transfer student, apply to UNG and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your previous institution.

Art or Music Education P-12 Programs (Dahlonega)

Art and Music Education Program - Fall entrance into program: Deadline for submission is January 28 - February 1, 2019.

Please contact your content department to request an advisor in Art, or Music. Regarding admissions into the College of Education, please note the following requirements and check Admissions FAQ for additional information.

Submit the following application materials as a complete packet:
  • Completed teacher education application for admission.
  • Completed Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey.
  • Completed Pre-Service certification application.
  • Signed and notarized Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) affidavit form.
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Education Ethics Assessment.
  • Copy of Professional Liability Insurance showing coverage entire length of program (2 years) through graduation.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript reflecting:
    • GPA of 2.75
    • completion of 80 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, EDUC 2130, and MATH 2008), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
  • Copy of Plan of Study signed by your College of Education advisor.
  • Proof of successful completion or exemption of GACE program admissions test
    • You may exempt GACE program admissions tests if you can provide proof of any of the following:
      • SAT minimum score 1000 combined Verbal/Critical Reading and Math for tests taken prior to July 1, 2019
      • SAT minimum score 1080 combined Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math for tests taken on or after July 1, 2019
    • A copy of your SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions score report is REQUIRED with your application. See our FAQ page for additional information.
    • Transfer students must supply an official copy of test scores (SAT, ACT, or GACE Program Admissions)

The College of Education Admissions office also requires that you…

  • Must maintain a documented, overall (UNG and Transfer) grade point average of 3.0;
  • Register with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and secure your MyPSC account; and
  • If you are a transfer student, apply to UNG and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor at your previous institution.

Kinesiology with a Concentration in Teacher Certification (P-12 Health & Physical Education Teacher Certification) (Gainesville)

To be eligible for admission to the physical education teacher certification program, a student must meet the admission criteria of the University of North Georgia Teacher Education Program

The criteria includes attaining a 2.75 grade point average, successful completion of prerequisite courses, successful completion of GACE requirements, and submission of a formal application. 

Required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to graduate.

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