Graduate Admissions 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 into the MST in Adolescent or Childhood Education Requires:

  • A major in the subject to be taught (or enough appropriate credits to meet Pace distribution requirements) for adolescent level teaching, or a major or concentration in the liberal arts and sciences for childhood level teaching.   Applicants with more than six (6) credits of unmet subject requirements may be denied admission until they have completed at least 24 credits in the subject area to be taught.
  • A transcript review documenting completion of Pace distribution requirements for the liberal arts and sciences, the content area or major, and the pedagogical core required to earn institutional recommendation for New York State certification.

Admission into the Adolescent Advanced Certificate program requires:

  • A master’s or other advanced degree in the subject to be taught or in a closely related area.
  • A major in the subject to be taught (or enough appropriate credits to meet Pace distribution requirements) for adolescent level teaching.  Applicants with more than six (6) credits of unmet subject requirements may be denied admission.
  • A transcript review documenting completion of Pace distribution requirements for the liberal arts and sciences, the content area or major, and the pedagogical core required to earn institutional recommendation for New York State certification.

Admission into the MSEd in Special Education or the Advanced Certificate in Adolescent Special Education requires:

  • A New York State classroom teaching certificate (initial, or professional (formerly provisional and permanent)) or comparable certificate from another state and the ability to gain a NYS teaching certificate. 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 Adolescent subject.
  • A transcript review documenting completion of Pace distribution requirements for the liberal arts and sciences, the content area or major, and the pedagogical core required to earn institutional recommendation for New York State certification.

Admission into the MSEd in Educational Technology Specialist requires:

  • A transcript review of the applicant’s undergraduate or previous graduate course work to determine needed content and pedagogical composition of the individualized Educational Technology Specialist Program.  Applicants with a teaching background will follow one track; those with a technology background will follow another.
  • A transcript review documenting completion of Pace distribution requirements for the liberal arts and sciences, the content area or major, and the pedagogical core required to earn institutional recommendation for New York State certification.

Admission into the MSEd in Literacy requires:

  • A New York State classroom teaching certificate (initial, or professional (formerly provisional and permanent)) or comparable certificate from another state and the ability to gain a NYS teaching certificate.
  • A transcript review documenting completion of Pace distribution requirements for the liberal arts and sciences, the content area or major, and the pedagogical core required to earn institutional recommendation for New York State certification.

Admission into the MSEd in Educational Leadership requires:

  • On-site interview and on-demand writing sample.
  • Completion of the application process, including an essay, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement

In addition, for those seeking State SBL Certification:

  • Possession of a permanent or professional certificate in classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service
  • Three years of New York State approved teaching experience. The candidate must have completed two full years of teaching prior to beginning the internship.