In support of the mission of Fayetteville State University, the School of Education is committed to educating and preparing individuals at the undergraduate and graduate levels for professions in the fields of education, research, and service. The School of Education seeks to prepare the education professional as a facilitator of learning through the development of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning patterns. The school is further committed to providing leadership in teacher education throughout the region, state, and nation.
Three academic departments assist in executing the mission of the School of Education: Elementary Education; Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects; and Educational Leadership. The School of Education also includes the following support units: the Curriculum Learning Resource Center, the Office of Teacher Education, the Office of Testing, the Office of School Services, The Research Center, The Academic Advisement and Retention Center, and the Early Childhood Learning Center.
A student who enters the university as a full-time, first-time freshman is required to declare a major in the second semester of his/her freshman year if s/he meets the admission requirements detailed below. Transfer students must declare a major in their first semester of enrollment. Once a student has been accepted into a degree program, s/he will be assigned an advisor in the major.
A student wishing to declare a major in any teacher education program must demonstrate the following:
If a student does not meet the requirements to declare a major in a teacher education program housed in the School of Education, s/he may apply for a pre-education major status at the end of the freshman year. The pre-major status provides an opportunity for the education faculty and the pre-education student to work towards achieving the requirements to declare the major (and ultimately be admitted to teacher education) and allows the student to determine whether or not a degree in teacher education is an appropriate fit for his/her career goals. Admission as a pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major.
Once a student has been accepted as a pre-education major, a pre-education major advisor will be assigned. The pre-education major advisor will work with the student to verify satisfactory progress towards the declaration of major. The pre-major student and the pre-education major advisor must participate in at least two advisement meetings each semester. The pre-education major must declare a major as soon as s/he is eligible. A student will be in a pre-education major status for two consecutive semesters. The student must then declare a major if eligible or request an additional semester in the pre-education major status, or change his/her major.
Moving from a pre-education major status to major status requires completion of the online Declaration of Major form to request admission to the teacher education program. Admission as a pre-major and major do not guarantee admission to teacher education.
An education major who fails to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 will be required to complete an Academic Success Plan with his/her advisors and will be permitted to enroll in a maximum of 15 credits for the subsequent semester. Students on probation will be required to complete an Academic Success Plan with their advisors.
If an education major's GPA is below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters, the student will be placed on academic suspension and will not be permitted to enroll in any education courses without successfully appealing academic suspension through the academic department to the Teacher Education Admission Appeals Committee (TEAAC). If appeal is denied, the student will be advised into a non-education major. Academic Suspension does not apply to summer sessions. Students placed on academic suspension after spring semester may enroll in summer courses and are encouraged to do so.