Admission General Requirements

Graduate Admission General Requirements

In addition to the program-specific requirements below, admission to all School of Education Graduate programs require:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution (official transcripts documenting degree must be submitted).
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. (Upon the recommendation of the Dean, Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee, or the director of Student Support Services or program coordinators, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional/provisional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully.)
  • Submission and review of official transcripts from ALL institutions attended.
  • Completion of the application process including a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and, in some cases, an admission interview.
  • Admission to Initial certification programs in the School of Education (that is, candidates who seek teacher certification in NY for the first time) requires the GRE General Test. The admissions decision takes into account the candidate’s whole application, including transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and the GRE.
  • Please note for international students:
    If you are an F-1 visa holder, you may not take more than one online class per semester and must be a full time student for the duration of your program. Please note that F-1 visa holders cannot take an all online or majority online program in the United States. We offer many programs for F-1 visa holders that take place on our New York and Pleasantville campuses.

Admission into the MST in Adolescent, Childhood, Early Childhood Education, or TESOL Requires:

In addition to the admissions general requirements listed above, candidates must also have:

  • Completed a major, concentration, or the equivalent in the subject to be taught for those who seek to become middle school or high school teachers (grades 7-12).
  • Completed a major, concentration, or the equivalent in a Liberal Arts & Science area for those who seek to become elementary school teachers (grades 1-6).
  • Completed a major, concentration, or the equivalent in a Liberal Arts & Science area for those who seek Early Childhood (Birth-grade 2) certification.
  • College-level study in nine (9) Liberal Arts & Science areas as required by NYSED (Artistic Expression, Communication, Humanities, History or Social Science, Language other than English, Technology, Natural Science, Mathematics, & Written Expression). Applicants with more than twelve (12) credits of unmet required coursework are not eligible for admission. (For advisement on how to satisfy unmet pre-admission course requirements, contact Linda Guyette.)
  • In addition to the major or concentration and the Liberal Arts & Science requirements, the TESOL candidate must have a minimum of 12 credits in the study of a Language Other Than English.

Admission into the MSED or the Advanced Certification in special education requires:

In addition to the admissions general requirements listed above, candidates must also have:

  • A New York State classroom teaching certificate (Initial or Professional). The age level of the certificate held at program entry will determine eligibility for the level of the certification in teaching students with disabilities. Specifically, individuals with certification in Childhood are eligible for the program leading to certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood level, and those with certification in teaching Adolescent levels may enter the program leading to certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in an Adolescent subject.
  • Completed nine (9) Liberal Arts & Science areas as required by NYSED, and the content area or major.

Admission into the MSED or the Advanced Certification in Literacy requires:

In addition to the admissions general requirements listed above, candidates must also have:

  • A New York State classroom teaching certificate (Initial or Professional). The age level of the certificate held at program entry will determine eligibility for the level of the certification in teaching students with disabilities. Specifically, individuals with certification in Childhood are eligible for the program leading to certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood level, and those with certification in teaching Adolescent levels may enter the program leading to certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in an Adolescent subject.
  • Completed nine (9) Liberal Arts & Science areas as required by NYSED, and the content area or major.

Admission into the School District Business Leader Program requires:

In addition to the admissions general requirements listed above, candidates must also have:

  • Three years of work experience in a school district business office, other position in a school district, or a comparable position in other public sector or private sector settings.
  • A letter from a superintendent or business official supporting their participation in a 600-hour internship.
  • Contact with the program coordinator, Dr. Thomas Higgins (914 )773-3780.