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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Prospective undergraduates should contact the School of Education Welcome Center, 208 J.R. Pearson Hall, 785-864-3726, or the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences undergraduate office, 161 Robinson Center, 785-864-5552.

During the first 1½ to 2 years, all students are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where they meet a portion of the general education requirements. Teacher education students begin work in teaching fields. The education courses in the first year and a half (C&T 100 and ELPS 200) provide a basis for a career decision and a foundation for professional courses in the later years. Students who do not plan to become classroom teachers are not required to take these courses.

In the first year, students planning to enter the school as second-semester sophomores should enroll in C&T 100 Introduction to the Education Profession. During the second semester of the first year or the first semester of the sophomore year, students should enroll in ELPS 200 Making Connections Between Schools and Community.

Students who plan to teach should complete the reading, writing, and mathematics portions of the Pre-Professional Skills Test by the first semester of the sophomore year. This test is not required of nonlicensure students.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Education

Undergraduates intending to transfer to the school as juniors must work closely with education advisers. Pre-education students must take specified courses in their first 1½ years. Students are admitted to C&T teaching programs once a year; online applications are due September 21 for the next spring semester. Students are admitted to the HSES teaching programs once a year; online applications are due February 1 for the next fall semester. Students are admitted to the HSES athletic training program once a year; applications are due May 1 for fall semester. Students are admitted to HSES sport science and community health programs twice a year; online applications are due February 1 for fall and September 21 for spring semester.

For information about initial admission to KU, visit the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate degrees, as specified by the admitting departments, whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; provisional admission requires a grade-point average of at least 2.5. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Special provisional admission categories are available to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria but can provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Ordinarily, complete application materials should be received by July 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring semester, and May 1 for summer session. Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for admission deadlines.

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