Gate 2 - Candidacy

MAT Candidates

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) is achieved by meeting the requirements for Gate 2. For initial licensure candidates, they are as follows:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of 9 hours coursework
  • Proof of purchase of background check and acknowledgement of full background check requirements
  • Acknowledgement of FES requirements
  • Passing VCLA scores
  • Praxis Core Math (or SAT/ACT scores) – View this page to find out your eligibility for being exempt from Praxis Core Math.
  • Content Competency Evaluation form

M.Ed. Candidates

  • This application is a new, web-based application that will provide a more streamlined experience through the Gate 2 process.
  • The following programs are not currently eligible for this application:
    • Ed.S./Ed.D. Programs
    • All Residential Programs
    • School Counseling Candidates
  • Access your application

Ed.S./Ed.D Licensure Candidates

Upon successful completion of 9-15 credit hours, submit Gate 2 Licensure Application
through LIVETEXT. View directions to complete the Gate 2 application in LiveText.

If you have questions about the Ed.S./Ed/D. Gate 2 application in Livetext, please contact

Notice: All Elementary and Secondary MAT candidates must complete the required content competencies for their endorsement area.

School Counseling Candidates

Upon successful completion of at least one EDUC course (e.g., EDUC 518, EDUC 521, EDUC 600, EDUC 604, EDUC 622 and/or EDCE 501), submit Gate 2 Application for Admission to the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program through LiveText. View directions to complete the Gate 2 application in LiveText. Due to an advising hold, Gate 2 is required for any student to enroll in any courses apart from the six noted above. Bear in mind, in order to receive financial aid you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester and all EDCE courses and EDUC 600 must be completed prior to internship.

In order to be admitted into the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program all students must meet the following before submitting the Gate 2 application:

  • All graduate admission requirements (Gate 1), and
  • A GPA of no less that 2.5, and
  • No more than 2 "C"s in courses listed on the DCP in which the student is enrolled, and
  • No "D"s or "F"s in any course listed on the DCP in which the student is enrolled.

Remain mindful of the following aspects of the Gate 2 application:

  • The Gate 2 application must be fully approved in order to register for certain courses. Therefore, the Gate 2 application must be submitted prior to the course registration deadline, giving at least three weeks for review and course registration processing. 
  • Failure to use appropriate grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation may result in Gate 2 denial.
  • All sections of the Gate 2 application must be completed in their entirety prior to submission or the Gate 2 application will be denied.
  • If you have any questions about the School Counseling Gate 2 application in LiveText, please contact