Candidacy is required by the College of Education for enrollment in clinical experience courses. Candidacy is a critical status for all COE undergrads for program completion. Not meeting candidacy requirements will likely set a student back in their career at KU.
Note: Although it is not a requirement for candidacy, obtaining clearances is another prerequisite for clinical experience courses.
What is Required for Candidacy?
By the semester you complete 48 credits, the following requirements must be met for permanent candidacy to be achieved:
- Passing scores on Basic Skills Tests
- Minimum 3.0 GPA maintained until graduation
- A grade of C or better in the following courses:
- 1 Composition (CMP) course
- 1 English (ENG) literature course
- 2 Math (MAT) courses
You must apply for candidacy on Taskstream. Find instructions for the process here.
Can I Lose Candidacy?
Candidacy can be lost if your GPA falls below the 3.0 minimum.
If your SAT/ACT test scores from high school are not passing, you will have to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) exams. More information regarding the CORE exams and links to registering for test dates can be found here. KU’s Pre-Service Testing Center is also available to help! The Center is located in Beekey 129 and can be reached via email.
Also, taking Summer and Winter courses is a great opportunity to improve GPA and catch up on courses outside of the standard semesters.
If you are unsure of your candidacy status, talk to your advisor.