What are the GPA requirements for certification?
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that any student recommended for certification has a 2.75 cumulative GPA. This is calculated using all hours a student has completed at every college and/or university attended.
What if my cumulative GPA is below a 2.75?
If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.75, you will not be admitted to the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. If your GPA is below a 2.75, you may follow the appeal process to be re-considered for admission to the program. If you attend another institution to raise your GPA, you can always reapply once your overall cumulative GPA is above a 2.75.
What if my cumulative GPA is OK, but my content area GPA for Secondary Education is below a 3.00?
If your content area GPA is below a 3.00, you will not be allowed to enroll in any Professional Education courses until that content GPA is at or above a 3.00. DESE will not certify you without a 3.00 in your content area, so it is in your best interest to raise that GPA as quickly as possible. If your content area GPA is low, it is recommended that you meet with an advisor in the Education Advisement Center to develop a plan that will help you raise your GPA while also making progress toward certification.
How is an Overall Cumulative GPA calculated?
Overall Grade Point Average is calculated by dividing the total grade points earned by the total credit hours attempted. The semester grade point average is calculated by dividing the credit points earned for the semester by the credit hours attempted for the semester. See “Grading and the Credit Point System” and “Repeat Policy” sections below for more details on grade point average calculation.