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Along with a signed and complete application form, students must submit the documents listed below and meet the following admission criteria:

  1. A statement of career goals consistent with the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), as well as reasons for applying to the program     (instructions)
  2. Transcripts of undergraduate degree(s) including one verifying graduation with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  3. Three letters of recommendation indicating the student has demonstrated academic strength in undergraduate work and is very good or outstanding in the following proficiencies in the university's personal reference report:

    1. Degree of mastery of the fundamental knowledge in your general field
    2. Knowledge of an ability to use the basic techniques in your field
    3. Ability to express yourself in speech and writing
    4. Self-reliance and independence in your major professional area
    5. Motivation toward a successfully productive career
    6. Emotional stability and maturity
    7. Possession of imagination and originality in your profession or field
    8. Growth during the total period in which the people making the recommendation have observed you while in school and/or working in your profession   (Application forms and personal reference reports can be downloaded from the Graduate School home page)

  4. Applicant's baccalaureate degree cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent (a GPA of at least 3.25 during the final 30 semester credits of graded undergraduate course work, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 10 semester credits of graduate course work)
  5. If you are coming from outside the United States and English is your second language, documentation of English proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following (Subject to final review by faculty/graduate office):

    1. TOEFL score of 570
    2. CBTOEF score of 230
    3. IELTS score of 6.5

NOTE: The School of Education reserves the right to obtain additional information about the student's professional competence from qualified professionals.

Applicants meeting all of the above criteria are eligible for admission with full standing.



A student who does not meet all requirements for full admission may gain conditional admission by showing evidence that the applicant's potential is not adequately reflected by her/his record.  The following criteria act as guidelines for conditional acceptance: A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale, and MAT (or GRE) scores that show prospects of satisfactory graduate school performance.  A student admitted to this status will be provided with a statement of the conditions necessary to be satisfied before advancement to full standing.

A student must be advanced to full standing before a plan of study can be approved.  All enrollments in Education courses before the student files a graduate plan of study must be approved by the advisor.  The SOE will evaluate courses taken prior to filing the plan of study when the student's plan of study is being considered.  Only those courses approved by the SOE may be included on the final plan of study leading to the degree.


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Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2012 5:26:17 PM