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Admissions Requirements

“Teachers are our nation builders – the strength of every profession in our country grows out of the knowledge and skills that teachers help to instill in our children.”
- Arne Duncan


Traditional admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) degree or licensure programs formally occurs at the end of the sophomore year to ensure expected time-to-degree completion.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Admission to Educator Preparation Program application;
  • Official ETS passing test scores on PRAXIS Core (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) or acceptable ACT/SAT scores;
  • Completed Teacher Candidate Dispositions Rubric;
  • Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary education institutions attended;
  • Three references, one of which must be from a faculty member in the candidate’s program of study;
  • Submission of Admission Essay;
  • EPP Admission Interview (arranged through program advisor);
  • Completion of 30- 45 credit hours; and
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 and at least a grade of C in all required General Education written communication, mathematics/quantitative literacy, and oral communication courses.

Transfer students apply for admission to the EPP at the time of application to the University.

Educator Preparation Program Admission Essay

Essay responses serve an important role in the Education Preparation Program admissions process. It is a tool that allows faculty and other members of the admissions committee to gain a deeper understanding of an applicant’s past experiences and aspirations for the future by prompting candidates to 1) discuss their reasons for pursuing a career in education; 2) illustrate why a degree in the teaching profession will create opportunities for personal and positive social change; and 3) identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses that will respectively aid and challenge their ability to reach personal and career goals. In addition, the essay allows applicants to demonstrate written communication skills that are critical for success in the program and as future teachers.

Instructions: Compose a well-organized essay covering the topics below. The essay should be between 800 – 1000 total words, single-spaced, and typed in 12 point font. Submit with completed application packet.

Essay Topics

  • Description of your educational background and your interest in teaching, including any views you may have on teaching for social justice;
  • Why earning a degree in teaching may create opportunities for positive social change personally and professionally;
  • Personal and/or professional strengths that will support you in achieving your goals; and
  • Persistence in the face of challenges – how it influenced your decision to become an educator and how it will contribute to your effectiveness as an educator.

Graduate - Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

  • Completed graduate studies application
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75, with a preferred GPA of 3.0
  • Written Statement of Purpose;
  • Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary education institutions attended; and
  • Three letters of recommendation

Winston-State University is committed to meeting North Carolina’s growing demand for highly-qualified teachers and to ensuring that all individuals that complete the program possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a positive impact on their students’ learning. Our graduates will be prepared to meet the academic challenges required for success in the 21st century in a global environment.

We are delighted you want to join us in making a difference in the life of a child and in the world. We look forward to partnering with you on this important journey!