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Undergraduate Admission

Students are admitted to the Teacher Education Program once a year for the following academic year. Complete an online application by September 22. Students are notified of decisions in writing on or before October 16. Kansas Board of Regents policy determines some admission requirements.

Competitive Programs

The number of admissions is limited in the following majors:

  • Unified early childhood.
  • Elementary.
  • Secondary history/government.
  • Middle-level English.
  • Secondary English.

Open Programs

Admission is noncompetitive in these majors:

  • Middle-level science.
  • Middle-level mathematics.
  • K-12 foreign language.

For all programs, not all students who meet the minimum requirements are admitted. Transfer students are also subject to these enrollment policies.

Minimum Requirements

All students who apply for admission to the department must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. An applicant must have completed at least 24 hours by the time of application and at least 36 hours by the time of admission. The cumulative grade-point average must be at least 2.75.
  2. Applicants must have cumulative grade-point averages of at least 2.75 in the core admission courses to qualify for the pool from which students are selected. No grade lower than a C is acceptable in English, communication studies, or mathematics.
  3. A student must pass all three sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test before submitting application materials. Passing scores are 173 in reading, 172 in mathematics, and 172 in writing.
  4. Applicants must also submit personal essays and letters of support through the online application system.

Because enrollment in competitive programs is limited to prescribed numbers, students who meet minimum admission standards may not be accepted. Prospective teacher education students should consult an adviser early in the first year to ensure fulfillment of admission requirements and to plan efficient programs of study.

Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)

Passing scores on all 3 portions of the PPST are required at the time of application. Students usually take the PPST in spring of the first year or fall of the second year. Students who do not receive passing scores may retake portions of the PPST. The paper/pencil version of the PPST normally is administered 6 times a year; applications to register for the test are due at least a month in advance. The computerized version is taken by appointment; contact Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768. The test administrator discards PPST scores periodically. Request that test scores be reported to KU, and check to make sure scores are on file.

PPST applications and information are available from Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768. The Learning Resource Center, 110 J.R. Pearson Hall, has additional PPST information and sample questions.

Graduate Admission

In addition to general requirements for admission to graduate study in the School of Education, concentrations in curriculum and instruction require completion of an appropriate undergraduate program and, in some instances, a teaching license. Materials describing all curriculum and instruction programs may be obtained from the department.

Deadlines for the master’s application are February 1 for summer session, July 1 for fall semester, and October 15 for spring semester.

The deadlines for doctoral applications are February 1 for summer or fall semesters and October 15 for spring semester.

Submit your graduate application online. All other application materials for admission to graduate study in curriculum and instruction should be sent to the department.

Admission to Master’s Programs

Minimum requirements are a completed graduate application, 2 official transcripts of all college records, 3 letters of recommendation, a goal statement, and a vita or résumé. Non-native speakers of English must provide results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language or a degree from a university where English is the dominant language.

Admission to Doctoral Programs

Minimum requirements are a completed graduate application, 2 official transcripts of all college records, and

  • Master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination general test scores (successful candidates normally have scores of at least 500 on the verbal and 500 on the quantitative sections).
  • Statement of career goals: how this degree will help meet professional aspirations and areas of interest in curriculum and instruction.
  • Letters of reference from 3 people; the master’s thesis adviser is appropriate.
  • An article, paper, or other composition written by the applicant, of no more than 8 to 10 pages.
  • A vita or résumé.
  • For non-native speakers of English, a degree from a university where English is the dominant language or a TOEFL score.

Application Materials

Once the graduate application has been submitted online, send the additional application materials to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Curriculum and Teaching
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 W. Campus Road, Room 321
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

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