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Teacher Education Program (TEP) Admissions

All teacher licensure candidates must apply or be admitted to the UofM first and then apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as an Undergraduate Student> or Graduate Student>.

Please contact the TEP Admissions Coordinator, Ms. LaRuth Lofties at llofties@memphis.edu for questions about the TEP Admissions Process.

Undergraduate Students

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

All undergraduate students pursuing a teacher license must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in order to move forward to restricted courses. Not being admitted to TEP at the appropriate time could result in delaying graduation and/or not meeting certification requirements. To be admitted into TEP, an undergraduate candidate must: 

  • submit the Undergraduate TEP application>
  • have a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • ACT score of 21 or higher
  • complete the following prerequisite courses
    • Teaching All Learners and Human Development and Learning majors
      • ENGL 1010
      • ENGL 1020
      • MATH 1420 or equivalent
      • EDPR 2111
    • Integrative Studies, Secondary Math majors
      • ENGL 1010
      • ENGL 1020
      • MATH 1530 or equivalent
      • EDPR 3302
  • have a cleared TBI background check on file in the Office of Teacher Education
  • Note: Candidates who do not meet all of the above requirements should discuss alternate admission criteria with their advisor.

Residency II Requirement

Students must pass all required Praxis content exams before beginning Residency II.

Graduate Students

All graduate students pursuing a teacher license must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) by the end of their first semester in order to move forward to restricted courses. Not being admitted to TEP at the appropriate time could result in delaying graduation and/or not meeting certification requirements. To be admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a graduate candidate must: 

  • submit a Graduate TEP Application>
  • have a 3.0 graduate GPA
  • must have passed all Praxis content area examinations 
  • have a cleared TBI background check > on file in the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice, or if you work at a school, you can submit a copy of your school ID badge and your most recent paystub via email to Ms. LaRuth Lofties at llofties@memphis.edu.

TEP Application Deadlines

Date Deadline
February 1 - 15 Spring Undergraduate TEP Admissions & Alternative Admissions Application Open
July 1 - 15 Summer Graduate MAT TEP Admissions & Alternative Admissions Application Open
September 1 - October 1 Fall Graduate MAT TEP Admissions & Alternative Admissions Application Open
October 1 - November 1 Fall Undergraduate TEP Admissions & Alternative Admissions Application Open