School for Education


Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Students may apply for entry to the Education Program at any point in their work, but an application is usually completed upon earning 60 credit hours. Entry is open to all qualified students. Application to the program is made after an evaluation by the School for Education. Undergraduate, transfer, and certification only students who are interested in applying to Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary, Art, or Spanish Education are responsible for applying for admissions before enrolling in Education classes at or above 350. All applicants must be formally admitted to and currently enrolled at Park University and comply with the admissions requirements. The SFE Faculty approve all admissions to the School for Education.

The application for Admissions to Teacher Education may be obtained from the Director of Field Experience or the School for Education office. The application requires the signature of the advisor. The School for Education applicant sends the appropriate forms to the Director of Field Experiences for processing. The Director of Field Experiences will first present the admission applications to the education faculty during a regular School for Education meeting. The Education faculty has the responsibility to endorse or deny the admission application. The Education faculty is also responsible for monitoring the officially admitted teacher candidates.


Certification Programs

Meeting the following minimum requirements states that the applicant is eligible for admission consideration, but does not guarantee admission:
  • Cumulative 2.75 GPA including transfer courses.*
  • 2.75 in core classes.*
  • WCT passing score.*
  • C-BASE passing score in all sections (two years to complete).*
  • ACT test scores (on file in Admissions office) - when applicable.*
  • Letter of recommendation from professional outside of the School for Education (submitted electronically or in a sealed/signed envelope).*
  • Successful completion of MA 120 or MA 135, EN 105, EN 106, EDU 107, EDC 220 and EDC 222.*
  • Two Disposition evaluations completed by SFE faculty with ratings of “at” or “above.”
  • Self-Disposition evaluation.
  • Initial electronic portfolio approved by advisor.
  • Missouri Highway Patrol and FBI fingerprint check.
  • Child abuse and neglect screening.

*Requirements with an asterisk are verified by the Office of the Registrar on the Application for Admission to the School for Education (form to be picked up by the student from Advisor, Director of Field Experiences or the School for Education office and turned in to the School for Education office.)

Non-Certification Programs

Meeting the following minimum requirements states that the applicant is eligible for admission consideration, but does not guarantee admission:
  • Cumulative 2.75 GPA including transfer courses.*
  • 2.75 in core classes.*
  • WCT passing score.*
  • C-BASE passing score in all sections (two years to complete). (Transfer students with a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution are exempt.)*
  • ACT test scores (on file in Admissions office) - when applicable.*
  • Letter of recommendation from professional outside of the School for Education (submitted electronically or in a sealed/signed envelope).*
  • Successful completion of MA 120 or MA 135, EN 105, EN 106 and EDU 107.*
  • Two Disposition evaluations completed by SFE faculty with ratings of “at” or “above.”
  • Self-Disposition evaluation.
  • Initial electronic portfolio approved by advisor.
  • Missouri Highway Patrol and FBI fingerprint check.
  • Child abuse and neglect screening.

*Requirements with an asterisk are verified by the Office of the Registrar on the Application for Admission to the School for Education (form to be picked up by the student from Advisor, Director of Field Experiences or the School for Education office and turned in to the School for Education office.)


Appealing Admission Denials

The CSARA Committee serves as an appeal body for the School for Education in the implementation of the education unit. The Committee will receive and review any candidate grievance that is within the authority of the School for Education and not addressed through other Park University Policies as written in the catalog (i.e., grade appeal, academic honesty, etc.). While not intended to be an exhaustive list, some examples of School for Education authority include review and decision of candidate admittance to the SFE, policies related to assessment of professional dispositions, requirements for practicum enrollment, and approval of application for directed teaching.

Additional information related to the appeals process may be obtained from the School for Education office. Appeals and grievances on all matters, except Admission to SFE and Disposition Evaluations, will be subject to Park University policies and procedures as outlined in the catalog.