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Admission Requirements and Application Process

Application Materials and Advising
The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Undergraduate Advising Office serves as the advising and information center for undergraduate students who plan to major in Special Education and for current undergraduate Special Education majors. The Undergraduate Advising Office is in Collings Hall, Room 137 and can be contacted by calling 405-325-2238 or by email at jrcoe.advising@ou.edu.

Admission Requirements
When undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma meet the following criteria, they become eligible to apply for admission into the JRCoE Special Education Program.

• A grade of C or better in the following 24 hours of General Education Requirements
    o   English Composition I & II - 6 hours 

    o   Gen-Ed Core I Math (College Algebra, Introduction to Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Math for
         Critical Thinking) – 3 hours
    o   US History I or II – 3 hours
    o   American Federal Government – 3 hours
    o   Introduction to Psychology – 3 hours
    o   Natural Sciences – at least 3 hours
    o   Advisor-approved Gen-Ed course (Foreign Language, English Literature/Artistic Forms,
         additional Math/Science/Social Studies) – 3 hours

• A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (OU institutional & overall GPAs) on all other coursework attempted
• A score of 240 or higher on Oklahoma General Education Test

Admission Timeline

Application Due DateStart Date
Description
AugustFallThis is for students who have completed all the above admission requirements and plan to enroll in fall JRCoE courses.
OctoberSpringThis is for students who will complete the above list of requirements by the last day of final exams for the fall semester. If the OGET exam is not passed or a course is not successfully completed, full admission may be rescinded.
JanuarySpringThis is for students who have completed all the above admission requirements and plan to enroll in spring JRCoE courses.
MarchSummer or FallThis is for students who will complete the above list of requirements by the last day of final exams of the spring semester. If the OGET exam is not passed or a course is not successfully completed, full admission may be rescinded.

Complete and Submit Application

• Complete the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Undergraduate On-line Full Admission Application (sent out via email from the JRCoE Undergraduate Advising Office)

• The application requires students to submit a three-page, double-spaced essay describing:
    o   Desire to become a special education teacher
    o   Previous experience with individuals with disabilities
    o   Personal attributes and abilities that will contribute to becoming a successful Special
         Education teacher

• Applicants selected for interviews meet with the Special Education Admission Committee. Topics covered during the interview include:
    o   Questions based upon the essay, past academic performance, OGET examination or
         other parts of the application packet
    o   Program expectations (including but not limited to course pedagogy performance, field
         experience commitments and attention to the program portfolio managed by program
         area faculty)
    o   College's emphasis on professional conduct, demeanor and expectations during college
         courses, field work and formal and informal gatherings.

Foreign Language Oral Proficiency Requirement
Demands created by a rapidly increasing multicultural society caused the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to require all incoming freshman education students to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Students who do not score at the novice-high level on a foreign language test need to enroll in language courses. In addition to the traditional languages (Spanish, French, Italian, German, etc.), American Sign Language* and Native American Languages meet this requirement and both options are offered at the University of Oklahoma.

*Note: Declared Education majors receive priority enrollment privileges into ASL courses over non-Education majors.