Eligibility & application

Requirements for eligibility may differ whether you’re applying for a Master of Arts in Education, a Special Education Endorsement, or for Special Education Alternative Certification.

Before you apply

Eligibility for this program is dependent on your meeting certain criteria. As this is a competitive program, the Teacher Education Department will form a cohort from amongst the applicants who meet eligibility criteria. Meeting the eligibility criteria, or minimum standards, alone does not guarantee admission.

Minimum Standards

Bachelor’s degree

You have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Grade point average (GPA)

For baccalaureate and any prior graduate coursework, you need at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 GPA scale.

*Note: This is true for all course work even if it did not lead to a degree. If you have multiple transcripts, we will calculate a cumulative GPA using each of them.

GPA exceptions

If your GPA is below 3.0, and you still wish to apply, please write a letter to the Admission Committee that:

  1. Clearly explains the reason(s) you have not met the 3.0 GPA requirements
  2. Describes your action plan using specific strategies to balance coursework (including class time and homework) and personal commitments. Develop your own strategies, or include the following: create and adhere to a schedule, use our writing support program and other campus resources, set regular meetings with faculty, and use specific study plans.

For alternative certification

You must have a contract with a school/district for at least part-time employment in special education.

Teaching experience

While teaching experience in K-12 schools is not required for this program, we encourage you to apply if you:

  • Have full-time or part-time employment in a teaching position (or are on leave from a teaching position) in a school setting
  • Are a para-professional looking to gain licensure in special education
  • Have access to students if you are not employed as a teacher

Note: Full-time or part-time volunteers in schools are eligible for consideration under special situation

Application dates

  • November 25, 2019
    Application available
  • April 1, 2020
    Priority application deadline
  • May 1, 2020
    Standard application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2020
  • August 1, 2020
    Final application and scholarship deadline for Fall 2020
  • August 2020 (TBD)
    Mandatory orientation

Please contact us with your questions.