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Requirements for Admission

Prospective Applicants to Graduate Programs Leading to Initial Certification

The SOE has temporarily removed the NYSTCE ALST examination as an admissions requirement beginning in the Fall 2015 admissions cycle!

Admissions Criteria

Students applying for admission to the master's degree or advanced certificate programs in the School of Education are required to:

  1. Complete the online application for admission to the particular program.
  2. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $125.00 and printed payment voucher to the School of Education Office of Admissions & Student Services.
  3. Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
    Official transcripts of all post-secondary schools attended should be mailed to the School of Education Office of Admissions & Student Services. All academic records must be delivered in a sealed official envelope of the issuing institution. Original documents must bear the seal and signature of the Registrar or copies verified by a school administrative officer. If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted with translations. All translations must be literal and complete versions of the original records (refer to the graduate application for the guidelines for official translation of documents). All supporting materials must be in English. The University reserves the right to request additional academic documents if we are unable to verify the nature or authenticity of your academic documents.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to pursue graduate study successfully.
  5. Possess a grade point average of "B" or above.
  6. Provide three letters of recommendation.
    Three online letters of recommendation on school stationery are required from faculty members or others acquainted with your academic work. The letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online system. You will be required to register your recommenders' e-mail addresses, in turn, they will each receive an e-mail with directions on how to proceed. Please note that all electronic recommendations must be received within one week after the application deadline.
  7. Appropriate NYSTCE CST for Secondary Education Programs in English and Social Studies.
  8. Complete an in person written essay and interview.

Interviews/On-site Essays

Interview/on-site essays are scheduled for prospective candidates with a fully completed application. Applicants are contacted by individual programs via email or phone to schedule the sessions.

In general, applicants who meet the above criteria can expect to be invited to interview within a three-week window following the close of the application deadline.

Matriculation Status

Full matriculation is open to graduates of colleges of recognized standing who are qualified to undertake graduate study by reason of previous preparation in both subject matter and professional fields as listed under the several program specializations. Candidates are expected to meet acceptable standards in respect to academic record, character and health.

Initial Certification Programs

To be admitted to an initial-certificate program in elementary or secondary education, the candidate's preparation in the liberal arts and sciences must include a liberal arts major and course work in English composition, literature, mathematics, the sciences, history, and a foreign language.

Professional Certification Programs

Candidates must hold initial New York State certification to be admitted to a program leading to professional certification.

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