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JRCoE Undergraduate Admissions

JRCoE Undergraduate Admission Requirements


Application Deadlines

Teacher Education PLUS (All Bachelor's Degrees)


March Full Admission:
On or Before 3rd Week of Month


October Full Admission:
On or Before 3rd Week of Month


Undergraduate Advising Office
(405) 325-2238



Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Admission Process

The 2-step admissions process for undergraduate students seeking to enter the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education is explained below. This information applies to students coming to the college from University College as well as those transferring from another college or institution.

Students at the University of Oklahoma are eligible for admission to the college after they have:

  • a minimum of 24 college-level semester hours earned from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • a minimum 2.75 combined retention grade point average on all coursework attempted;
  • declared a major in education.

Students seeking full admission to a teacher education program must meet the following criteria:

  1. 30 college-level hours minimum from an accredited institution of higher learning*;
    • 2.75 grade point average (OU retention);
    • 2.75 grade point average (COMB retention)
  2. 24 hours with a "C" or better:
    • ENGL 1113 - 3 hours
    • PSC1113 - 3 hours
    • ENGL 1213 - 3 hours
    • BIO/PHYS SCI - 3 hours
    • MATH (Gen Ed Core I) - 3 hours
    • SOC/PSY/ANTH (1113) - 3 hours (Science Ed majors: please email JRCoE Undergraduate Advising office,, for an approved substitute.)
    • HIST 1483/1493 - 3 hours
    • Gen Ed Core IV-AF, WC, NWC; Foreign Language; or other advisor
    • approved Gen Ed Course - 3 hours
  3. Meet one of the five performance criteria listed by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) that students may use to qualify for admission into an Oklahoma teacher education program. Speak with your Education Advisor for more details.  
  4. Background Check: All students will need to complete the Background Check process when you apply for full admission. Students will receive an electronic background check link from their advisor.
  5. Full Admission Essay: Full admission to a teacher education program requires the submission of an essay response of a 2-3 pages double-spaced essay (750 words) response to the following prompt:
    Elementary Education majors:

    - Describe an exceptional teacher you remember during your time in school. What are some characteristics and attributes that make him/her/them an exceptional teacher?

    All other Education Majors (Early Childhood, World Language, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education)
    - Discuss your desire to enter the teaching profession. Information regarding previous experience working with children and qualities and attributes that will positively contribute to success in the teaching environment should also be included.

    Your essay will be uploaded as part of your online application for Full Admission.
  6. If records are not already showing in the One portal, submit transcripts of all course work taken at other institutions after admission to OU.

Upon completion of items 1-6 you will be eligible to apply for full admission in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.  You will be notified by email when the application website opens. Additionally, you will be notified by email of the date and time for your full admission Interview. After your interview and acceptance into the program, you will be notified via email from the One portal when you receive permission to enroll in education courses.

* Can include AP, CLEP, Concurrent Enrollment and Transfer courses. Does not include remedial courses or any course with a number beginning with a 0.

Full Admission Checklist (PDF)

Academic credit from any division of the University of Oklahoma - Norman campus, Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education - is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned in any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of admission or readmission to the University, and to the individual colleges within the University.

Admission requirements are subject to change on an annual basis. For information that applies to you, please consult the degree checksheet in effect at the time of your first enrollment in the state system.