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Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Students applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must first be admitted to the University. You will be required to meet the admissions standards that are in effect at the time you apply for admission to the TEP. You should check with your advisor for current information and always refer to the TEP Handbook.

TEP Application Deadline


Click here for the Spring 2015 TEP Admissions Timeline.

Folio 180


The TEP application process is completed electronically through the College of Education’s electronic data system, Folio 180. All students enrolled in programs leading to teacher certification are required to purchase a Folio 180 account.

You must allow ample time to purchase a Folio 180 account and obtain a user ID and password before the TEP application deadline.

Visit the Folio 180 webpage for more information.

Application Procedure


Complete the online Folio 180 TEP Interview Eligibility Application form before the spring and fall deadline. The application will be submitted to and reviewed by the TEP Admissions Coordinator to confirm that you have met all eligibility requirements.

You may apply for admission to TEP and be granted an interview (as part of the regular scheduling of interviews) prior to meeting all TEP admission requirements under specific circumstances. Refer to the Teacher Education Program Handbook for a list of exceptions.

TEP Portfolio


You will receive notice if your TEP Interview Eligibility Application Form is approved and will receive a TEP Portfolio Template to complete through your MSU e-mail.

Your portfolio will include:


  • Resume
  • Statement of your philosophy of education including the relationship of education to society (maximum of three, double-spaced pages)
  • A 2 ½ page, double-spaced, typed essay documenting your creativity (maximum 1 page), ability to collaborate (maximum 1 page), and relevant experience in working with children at the age level you plan to teach (maximum ½ page).

 View the TEP admission portfolio and interview scoring rubric.

TEP Interview


After review of your portfolio, you may be selected for interview into the TEP program. The interview committee will complete assessments of your portfolio and how you perform during your interview.

TEP Orientation


Once recommended for admission to the program by your interview committee, you must complete a face-to-face TEP Orientation Session with the Director of Teacher Education Services before you can register for TEP- restricted courses. During the orientation session you will learn more about continuing and completing your academic program at MSU and obtaining your teacher certification. You will also take a brief survey about diversity and sign a checklist verifying that you understand what is expected of you in order to complete your clinical practice semester and graduate ready to teach.


  • For more information regarding TEP Orientation, contact Teacher Education Services Director Kathy Frederick


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