Steps to Apply

Freshmen, Transfer and Alternative 5th year students should apply to Jacksonville State University (JSU) six months prior to enrollment. 

If you have not already applied to Jacksonville State University, an application for admission can be obtained online:

Teacher Education Programs may be altered to meet changes in institutional, federal, and Alabama State Department of Education regulations. The School of Education reserves the right to correct, alter, amend, or modify any item contained in this document. The most current requirements and regulations are described herein. These are requirements for eligibility to Teacher Education only.

The Alabama State Department of Education requires an applicant for Alabama certification to be fingerprinted and pass a background check. All State certification decisions are the authority of the Alabama State Department of Education.

Complete an online "*Application for the JSU Teacher Education Program" form. 

Online Form

Successfully complete all three components of the ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators The Praxis Core exam contains three subtests:  reading, writing, and math.  We recommend for your initial attempt that you register and take the combined exam #5751.  In the event you do not pass all three portions of the combined test, you may register for the individual exam you need to retake.  Please see (document) for specific information.

TEP candidates may register online. Praxis Core is offered on a continuous basis. At the time of registration, TEP candidates must request for scores to be sent to JSU and the Alabama State Department of Education. 

NOTE:  If all three parts of the ACT Work Keys (AECAP) were not previously passed, there is no combining of ACT Basic Skills Exams with ETS Praxis Core assessments.  Therefore, the individual will have to take and pass all three parts of the ETS Praxis Core.

ETS Praxis Core Test Information

Successfully complete Introduction to Teacher Education:

     ED 302 for Undergraduate Class B

     MU 244 for Music Ed Majors

     ED 501 for Alternative Class A

Complete fingerprinting for a background clearance from Gemalto Cogent Systems.

Step 1:  Registration - Register online at Gemalto Cogent Systems

Step 2:  Payment - Fingerprint fee of $48.15 may be made online at time of registration. 

Step 3:  Fingerprinting - Visit any Gemalto Cogent fingerprint location in Alabama.  See Print Locations and Hours at Gemalto Cogent Systems.  Fingerprints are processed by appointment.  Also, a valid, government issued photo ID must be presented at the time of the appointment.

Step 4:  Results - You will receive a letter from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) stating that you have been printed and are suitable to teach.  Teacher Education Services will access background clearance from the ALSDE portal. Previous clearance (substitute license, teacher's aide, or school staff) may be acceptable. Please contact the Teacher Service Center for more information.

Out-of-State Procedures

If you live out of state and cannot come to a Gemalto Cogent site in Alabama to have your prints taken electronically, you may submit a fingerprint card typically done at your local law enforcement agency.  Please include a money order or cashier's check payable to Gemalto Cogent in the amount of $56.15 to the following address.  

   ALSDE Cards Scan
   639 N. Rosemead Blvd.
   Pasadena, CA  91107

It is suggested that you have two (2) fingerprint cards printed but submit only one (1) to Gemalto Cogent.  In the event your first card is rejected, you would be required to submit your second card at a later date.

One Undergraduate Recommendation for Teacher Education Forms 

  • An electronic Recommendation will be provided by your ED 302 (MU 244 or ED 501 respectively) Introduction to Education instructor. (If you have taken Introduction to Education in a previous semester, another Professional Studies instructor will provide your recommendation.)
  • Please see (document) for your reference.



Undergraduates will complete a minimum of 54 semester hours in which at least 48 semester hours are in the general studies area.

or

Complete an Alternative Class A Undergraduate Course Evaluation. Evaluations must be scheduled with the Teacher Education Services office after application to Graduate Studies has been made.

Minimum GPA Requirements for Program Eligibility:

     Class B (Bachelor's Level) Programs:

          2.75 Overall GPA

          2.75 Teaching Field GPA

          2.75 Professionals Studies GPA

( A minimum 2.75 is required in the areas of Overall,Teaching Field, & Professional Studies to maintain eligibility in the Teacher Education Program)

GPA and Prior Degree Requirements for Alt Class A Programs

  •           Hold an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher on an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institutions; -OR-
  •           Hold an overall GPA or 2.00-2.74 on an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution AND meet the alternate score on the PRAXIS subject-area test(s) prior to unconditional admission.

Undergraduate Class B and Alternative Class A candidates, please read, sign, and submit the Statement of Understanding.
Successful completion of the requirements described above deem you eligible for the Teacher Education Program.  Eligibility for TEP is assessed at the end of each term.  Refer to the university undergraduate and graduate catalogues for academic and graduation requirements not discussed in this document.

Teacher Education Programs may be altered to meet changes in institutional, federal and Alabama State Department of Education regulations.

The School of Education reserves the right to correct, alter, amend, or modify any item contained in this document. The most current requirements and regulations are described herein. These are requirements for eligibility to Teacher Education only.

The Alabama State Department of Education requires an applicant for State certification to be fingerprinted and pass a background check. All State certification decisions are the authority of the Alabama State Department of Education.

Application for Alabama Certification

*The following terms refer to assessment of select criteria for upper division coursework as defined in the JSU catalog:  admission, admitted, and application.

Application* Requirements for the JSU School of Education Teacher Education Program (Initial Level)

Students are required to follow the application* procedure described below for the Teacher Education Program. Refer to the JSU undergraduate and graduate catalogues (Academic Regulations) for other university requirements. It is recommended that students retain a copy of all application* paperwork.