Teacher Education Program


Teacher Education

Admission to Teacher Education Requirements

  • Completion of an Admission to Teacher Education Orientation is required for all students seeking certification, including those who did not attend an orientation in EDU 180 or its equivalent and transfer students who have not taken EDU 180 or its equivalent at Murray State. Transfer students need to attend an admission to Teacher Education Orientation as soon as possible after enrolling at Murray State. If you are not sure if you have completed this orientation, please email TES at msu.teachereducationservices@murraystate.edu

    For more information about this orientation, please click on the Orientation Information tab above.

  • Have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale at the point of admission.
    This 2.75 minimum GPA remains a requirement throughout the teacher certification program.

  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a minimum 2.75 GPA to include the following coursework:

    1. ENG 101, 102, 105, or ENG 150 with a “B” or higher,

    2. MAT 117 (or higher level math) with a “B” or higher,

    3. COM 161 or HON 165 with a “B” or higher,

    4. EDU 180 or equivalent with a “B” or higher (or  ELE 605 for IECE graduate students or LIB 600 for Library Science graduate students)

  • An interview with major academic advisor or chair.

  • Complete a review of the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel and Declaration of Eligibility, signed by the candidate affirming a commitment to upholding the code and acknowledging awareness of information required for state certification. This item is turned in during an admission to teacher education orientation. However, if answers given on the Declaration of Eligibility change during the time of participation in the teacher education program, the Director of Teacher Education Services must be notified immediately.

  • Have supplied Teacher Education Services with any other required information.

  • In conjunction with the above requirements, the following assessment requirements (16 KAR 5:020), effective 11/30/21, must be met:

      • ACT Composite of 22 or higher

      • or use individual ACT scores of ACT Reading 20, ACT English 18, ACT Math 19

      • or use individual CASE scores of Reading 156, CASE Writing 162, CASE Math 150

      • or a combination of ACT and CASE scores as follows:
        ACT Reading 20, ACT English 18, ACT Math 19 in combination with CASE Reading 156, CASE Writing 162, CASE Math 150

      • or if Overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, can accept CASE scores as follows:
        CASE Reading 151-155, CASE Writing 157-161, CASE Math 145-149

        ACT and CASE scores must be official scores sent directly from the testing company to Murray State University. Test scores cannot be over 5 years old.

If you need to schedule to take/retake the CASE please refer to the ETS website. As per ETS, "Some test centers are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within a specific timeframe before testing, for entrance to the test center. Be sure to check with your local test center for a complete list of health and safety procedures required for admission to the test center."  When registering to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators (CASE) please remember to use the correct test code; Murray State University Test Code is 1494. If a Praxis test is taken outside of Kentucky then EPSB must be listed as a score recipient. EPSB test code is 7283. ACT scores must be sent to 1532 (MSU). Students should be advised that Teacher Certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for the test(s) please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website for current requirements. You may contact EPSB at 502.564.4606 or 888.598.7667 to obtain current requirements.

  • When all of the above requirements have been met, the formal application can be submitted, accompanied by all required documentation. This includes an official score report for the assessment requirement (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) and/or ACT), if applicable, and a transcript showing all college work to date.

Orientation Information

If you are taking EDU 180, HUM 180, or MUS 180 this fall (F2021), you do not need to register for one of the online orientations below. You will complete the orientation through your EDU 180 course. Registration will close 2 days prior to the orientation date. Register for an online admission to teacher education orientation.

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022

  • Monday, March 14, 2022

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022

You will receive an email from TES at msu.teachereducationservices@murraystate.edu at 8 am on the morning of the orientation and you must complete the orientation by 8 pm that day. You should allow for 2.5 - 3 hours to complete the orientation. You will need access to a printer. If you know you will not have access to a printer, you can pick up a copy of the Declaration of Eligibility from the TES Office at 2101 Alexander Hall prior to the orientation. Assistance for the orientation is only available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

Application for Teacher Education

Applications are only started while attending an admission to teacher education orientation. You should not start an application on your own. Doing so will result in an invalid application which will be deleted.

If you are on an application that requires a fee, it is the wrong application. Our applications do not require payment. Please contact Susan at skrieb@murraystate.edu for further assistance.

Forgotten passwords, locked accounts, error messages or any other problems? Contact Susan at skrieb@murraystate.edu for assistance.

NOTE: Students who have not been admitted to Teacher Education will not be eligible to enroll in upper level courses that specify admission to teacher education is a prerequisite.


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