Application* Requirements

*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.

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:



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

Individual liability insurance coverage will be provided via student fees for undergraduate students.  Alternative Class A students must provide proof of liability insurance prior to tutoring requirements.


Complete fingerprinting for a background clearance from Gemalto Cogent Systems.

Step 1:  Registration - Register online at

Step 2:  Payment - Fingerprint fee of $46.90 may be made online at time of registration. Effective 1/1/2019, the fingerprint fee will be $48.15.

Step 3:  Fingerprinting - Visit any Gemalto Cogent fingerprint location in Alabama.  See Print Locations and Hours at  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 $54.90 to the following address.  Effective 1/1/19, the fingerprint fee will increase to $56.15.

   Gemalto Cogent
   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 Effective 8/23/16

  • An electronic Recommendation will be provided by your ED 302 (MU 244 or ED 501 respectively) Introduction to Education instructor prior to your TEP interview.  (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.

Alternative Class A students are still required to submit to Office of Graduate Studies three "Graduate Reference Forms" according to the requirements set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

This form is available in the Office of Graduate Studies (256-782-5348) or online.


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


Complete an Alternative 5th year Undergraduate Deficiency Evaluation. Evaluations must be scheduled with the Teacher Service Center after application to Graduate Studies has been made.


Minimum GPA Requirements for Program Eligibility:

     Class B (Bachelor's Level) Programs:

          2.75 Overall GPA

          (A minimum 2.75 is required in the areas of Overall, Teaching Field, and Professional Studies to maintain eligibility in

          the Teacher Education Program)

     Alternate Class A (Master's Level) Programs:

          2.75 Overall GPA on undergraduate degree

          - OR -        

          3.0 Overall GPA on previous Master's degree



Undergraduate and Alternate Class A candidates, please read, sign, and submit the Statement of Understanding.


Satisfactorily complete an Interview Session.
Interview Request Form

  • Completion of ED 302 (or MU 244 or ED 502 respectively) is required for eligibility, but not required for an interview.
  • Submit a completed Interview Request Form to your departmental secretary prior to the interview date.
  • Departmental interviews are scheduled by each department one time per semester.
  • Please check with the appropriate department to verify the interview schedule:
Curriculum and Instruction
(Early Childhood/Elementary, Collaborative Education)
Secondary Education 256-782-5848
Health, Physical Education and Recreation 256-782-5515
Music 256-782-5877
Family and Consumer Sciences 256-782-5054

Successful completion of the requirements described in Items 1-9 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.