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Master of Education (M.Ed.):  Educational Leadership
Master of Education (M.Ed.):  Teaching and Learning



In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Graduate Programs in Education accept applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, creed, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.

Applicants must first be admitted to the University. To be considered for admission to the University, applicants must submit the following:

1. A completed online application;

2. Application Fee

3. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate course work.  (Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from each institution attended which must indicate completion of a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree from a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university.); and

The above-listed criteria should be received by the Office of Admissions within 30 days of the beginning of the applicant’s first semester.  During this semester, the applicant may take a maximum of six (6) hours of graduate course work.  This does not, however, imply acceptance into the Graduate Program. The application is online at and at the Office of Admissions.


Once admitted to the University, applicants are evaluated on the basis of a number of criteria to ensure their readiness for graduate studies prior to acceptance into their specific programs of study.  This evaluation takes place during the first semester of graduate course work.  These criteria include the following:

  • Submission of a record of undergraduate study that would be predictive of success in graduate studies in Education. Ideally this implies a degree in Education or a related field with a cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Acceptance into the Educational Leadership Program does not require a degree in Education, or considerable experience in the field of Education.  However, lack of experience in the field of Education has been shown to create challenges in passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment, which is an exit requirement for the Master’s Program in Educational Leadership. Admission of Candidates with an undergraduate GPA of 2.4999 - 2.999 is considered on a case-by-case basis.
  •   Completion of the Writing Assessment Test (WAT) with a minimum score of 75%. The WAT is a writing assessment based upon a given grading rubric. Unsuccessful completion of the WAT results in mandatory writing sessions or required registration for ENG 401: Advanced Composition. This decision is based upon the grade received.
  •   Submission of the agreement contract.  Each student is responsible for knowing all pertinent requirements and regulations for the successful completion of the Master’s degree. Students should become familiar with this section of the Catalog and the Graduate Student Handbook. The graduate student must sign and turn in to his or her advisor the Agreement Contract which is attached to the Graduate Student Handbook.

Once accepted in the Program, a student is considered a candidate.  This stage of candidacy continues until the candidate completes all the requirements for graduation.

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