Wayne State University

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Wayne State University Undergraduate Application for Admission

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Education is dependent on the type of program you are pursuing. Admissions to a teacher certification program is based on two levels. Level 1 is generally for freshmen and sophomore students working on General Education requirements, College of Education requirements specific to each program area and academic majors and minors. Level 2 is generally for junior and senior students meeting the admission standards for Level 2 listed below. During Level 2, students complete any remaining Level 1 coursework and complete the professional courses of their program.

Level 1 Admissions for Teacher Certification Programs

Students are directly admitted to the College of Education Level 1 from high school or another institution of higher learning by completing an admission application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, on which the College of Education was selected as the program of study and resulted in acceptance to Wayne State University.

Incoming teacher certification and early childhood non-certification students must also complete the Level 1 Application and return the completed application to 489 Education.  Admission to Level 1 is made year-round.

Level 1 students are advised by undergraduate advisors in the Division of Academic Services, located in 489 Education, and should follow the appropriate Curriculum Guide.

Admissions for Non-Teachers

Students in these programs are directly admitted to the College of Education from high school or another institution of higher learning by completing an admission application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, on which the College of Education was selected as the program of study and resulted in acceptance to Wayne State University.

Students from other programs who wish to pursue a non-teaching degree in the College of Education must fill out the external applicant change of major form and return the completed application to 489 Education.

Students in these programs are advised by undergraduate advisors in the Division of Academic Services, located in 489 Education, and should follow the appropriate Curriculum Guide.

Level 2 Admissions for Teacher Certification Programs

Students are admitted to Level 2 three times a year.  The deadlines to apply for Level 2 admission are:

  • Fall - June 1
  • Winter - October 1
  • Spring/Summer - February 1
Level 2 Applications

Level 2/Post-Bachelor Teacher Certification Application

When a complete Level 2 Application is submitted, the student is invited to a mandatory Level 2 Orientation.

Level 2 students continue to be advised by undergraduate advisors in the Division of Academic Services and should continue to consult Degreeworks and their advisor for course and program requirements. Students in Early Childhood Education, Bilingual/Bicultural or Foreign Language Education, Exercise Sport Science, Community Health, Health Education, Physical Education and Instructional Technology are also advised by program advisors in their respective division. See your Plan of Work for advisor contact information.

Admission Requirements: Teaching Majors

Students working toward an elementary or secondary school teaching certificate and those in a combined degree program may apply for Level 2 upon completion of the following requirements.

  1. Satisfactory completion of fifty-three semester hours with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. In addition, the grade point average for any coursework taken at Wayne State University must also be 2.5 or above. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in courses used to meet College Requirements or Courses in the major, minor and Professional Education Sequence. Note: A grade of "C-" is not acceptable.
  2. Intermediate Composition:  All Education students must complete the University Intermediate Composition requirement prior to admission (grade must be 'C' or better, if taken or transferred in Fall 2008 or later).  
  3. Completion of Michigan's Basic Skills Examination for Teacher Candidates. Currently this requirement is met by scoring a 480 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test (taken March 2016 and thereafter) and a score of 530 on the SAT Math test (taken March 2016 and thereafter). SAT scores must be reported directly to Wayne State University. Make sure to select Wayne State (code 1898) when registering for the test as one of the institutions when you would like official scores sent. When requesting scores be sent to Wayne State after the test please contact SAT customer service at (866) 756-7346. A fee will be assessed for sending scores more than 9 days after the test is completed. Students that completed all or part of the Basic Skills Test, Professional Readiness Examination, ACT and/or Michigan Merit Exam (MME), should see an advisor.
  4. Negative Tuberculosis (TB) test: All students are required to pass a TB test prior to admission.
  5. Group Work Experience: Verification and evaluation of successful group work with children experience corresponding to the desired level of certification.
  6. Criminal History Check: All students must submit a current (within the last 6 months) statewide Criminal History Check.
  7. Specific prerequisites or other special requirements of the curriculum area for which the student is applying. Please contact an advisor in the College of Education, Room 489 for more information.
  8. Completion of the Level 2 Application.

Advising Appointments

Undergraduate students are encouraged to make advising appointments, online through AdvisingWorks at Academica.wayne.edu under Student Resources, then select Student Records.