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Entry Into Student Teaching

Minimum Requirements for Entry into Student Teaching


All teacher candidates as the University of Delaware must meet the minimum requirements for entry to student teaching.

**Please note, individual programs may maintain specific requirements for their candidates, for example, require certain tests, require additional tests, or require a higher passing score. If you have questions about your program’s requirements, please contact your department.

Two Options for Entry into Student Teaching

Candidates must meet the UCTE policy for entry into student teaching by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Earn a GPA of at least 3.0 based on the most recent two years of the candidate’s general education.
  2. Achieve an approved “College Ready” score in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, per the chart below:

Candidates seeking the GPA option should consult with their programs to determine their most recent 2-year GPA. A candidate whose GPA may be very close to the cutoff point may want to consider entering through the testing option. You are strongly encouraged to seek advising from your program to determine if the GPA option is the most appropriate pathway for you to gain entry into student teaching..

Teacher Candidates who choose the test option must achieve “College Ready” passing scores on a tests the measure the following three areas: reading, writing, and math. Candidates can mix-and-match scores from different tests, where appropriate.

Some tests combine reading and writing and a passing score on that test area can be applied to meet both the reading and writing requirement (see below):

Reading Writing Math
SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing
(March 1, 2016-Present)
480 480
SAT Math
(March 1, 2016-Present)
(OLD) SAT Verbal/Critical Reading
(March 1, 2005-February 29, 2016)
(OLD) SAT Writing, (March 1, 2005 – February 29, 2016) 500
(OLD) SAT Math
(March 1, 2005-February 29, 2016)
Praxis Core Reading (5712) 156
Praxis Core Writing
Praxis Core Math (5732) 150
ACT Reading 22
ACT English Composition 18
ACT Math 22
GRE Verbal 152
GRE Math 145
CORE Battery Communications Skills Test 670

*OLD SAT Verbal score is pending review and may be lowered.  This score definitely qualifies for an exemption.

If you took an older version of one of the tests listed above please contact the UD Teacher Certification Officer, Kathi Thomas, at kthomas@udel.edu.  Older test versions include but are not limited to the SAT test before April 1995 or any version of the Praxis I test.

UCTE Policy – Praxis Revision

Effective September 12, 2017, UCTE no longer requires candidates in a teacher education program to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests upon completion of 60 credit hours and/or prior to admission to upper-level education courses.

Teacher preparation candidates must now meet at least one of the following requirements to enroll in student teaching:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the most recent two years of the applicant’s general education, whether secondary or post-secondary
  • Achieving a score deemed to be College Ready on a test of general knowledge normed to the college-bound population (for example, SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis Core)

**Please note: Programs may have requirements beyond the University’s minimum standards for entry into student teaching. Please contact your department if you have questions about your program’s requirements.

Additional information about the official UD University Council on Teacher Education’s policies are located here: http://www.ucte.udel.edu/policies/


You can check your unofficial transcript in UDSIS to see if the University has your test scores on file. If you have questions or need assistance understanding the University’s minimum requirements for student teaching, please contact the UD Teacher Certification Officer, Kathleen Thomas, at kthomas@udel.edu.

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