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Education Advising Center FAQ

If you are currently a student who has not been admitted to the School of Education you will meet with a Pre-Education advisor in the SOE Advising Center. These advisors are fully trained to work with students who intend to apply or have any questions about the majors in the School of Education.

No, the School of Education includes those majors as well. There are programs in teacher education (through the Department of Curriculum and Teaching) and in health and sports fields (through the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences – HSES). The academic advisors within the SOE Advising Center work with all students, regardless of the major within the School of Education.

You can meet with your academic advisor as often as you would like, but we suggest at least once a semester to discuss courses, career goals, and professional development opportunities. Please refer to your advisor for the preferred ways to set up an advising appointment.

Depending on individual course history, GPA, and program requirements, students will be ready to apply to the programs in the School of Education at different points during their time at KU. For this reason it is recommended that students who intend to apply to the School of Education meet with Pre-Education advisors as soon as they are considering the School of Education to help ensure a successful application.

The programs below currently accept applications in the fall semester only:


The programs below currently accept applications in the spring semester only:


The programs below currently accept applications in either the Fall or Spring semester:

No, currently there is no additional fee to apply to the School of Education.
No, all classes in the program must be completed before the internship, which will be in the last semester before graduation.
Teacher education students (except Health and Physical Education) will have at least five semesters, beginning with the spring semester they are admitted. Depending on course availability and program requirements, students in HSES programs in the School of Education generally need at least two full academic years to complete their program. The Athletic Training major requires a three-year program that begins with the fall semester.
Teacher Education students (except Health and Physical Education) will have two semesters of student teaching that includes a shorter experience in the fall and a more intense full-time internship in the spring semester. Students pursuing a license and degree in Health & Physical Education will have one semester of student teaching experience during their final semester before graduation.
Student teaching can be done within a fifty (50) mile radius of the Lawrence, KS or Edwards (Overland Park, KS) campuses of the University of Kansas. During the student teaching experience students are typically still enrolled in other courses. Students must meet all requirements, including having a have a 2.75 cumulative GPA to student teach.

Students in Health, Sport, & Exercise Science programs spend their final semester in an internship. HSES internships must be completed within a fifty (50) mile radius of Lawrence, unless the student has above a 3.0, which enables the student to seek an internship outside of the fifty (50) mile range. Students must meet all requirements, including having a have a 2.75 cumulative GPA to student teach.

Athletic Training students have a practicum each semester in their three-year program rather than an internship semester.

We encourage you to visit the SOE's Reach to Teach website or the SOE Welcome Center in Joseph R. Pearson (JRP) 208.

Yes, scholarships are available for students admitted to the School of Education. Generally, applications are accepted early in the spring semester, check the School of Education website for more details.

The Exercise Science program prepares students to apply for graduate physical therapy programs. It has been designed to meet admission requirements for the University of Kansas Medical Center's Physical Therapy doctoral degree. It also includes requirements needed for admission to other physical therapy programs across the country. Students who plan to enter a graduate physical therapy program should research each of the programs they intend to apply to and check their admission requirements.

Programs in the School of Education require a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for admission, including all transfer credit hours, with the exception of the Athletic Training and Health & Physical Education. The minimum cumulative GPA, including transfer credit hours, for those two programs is a 2.50. However, admission to School of Education programs is competitive and the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance.

Yes, you may apply if you have not completed or are enrolled in admission requirements. In some cases, students are admitted without all requirements. Talk to an advisor for more information about admission. Students missing a few courses shy of the admission requirements are still encouraged to apply for admission.

No, students may only apply to one program in the School of Education at a time.

The School of Education has a partnership with the mathematics and science academic departments called UKanTeach. Students interested in these programs can contact the UKanTeach advisors or call (785) 864-7551. The School of Education does offer programs in middle level (grades 5-8) science and math education.


PPST (Praxis) Exam Notice

 Note: Effective 2/27/14, the PPST is no longer an admissions requirement for any initial licensure programs at KU.

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Walk-ins Are Accepted, Appointments Are Preferred
Check in at the KU School of Education Welcome Center (JRP Hall, #208) (map)
Weekdays approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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