The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications twice per year, during the week of March 15 for summer/fall admission and the week of October 15 for spring admission.
Spring 2015 Only - Extended application date of Friday, May 1 for applicants to the new M.Ed. programs in Early Childhood Education.
Attention Early Childhood graduate applicants: Please select the General Curricular Studies Blended option when filling out the online Graduate School application. The cover page of your supplemental admissions documents sent to our department will indicate your interest in the Early Childhood Education program. (Department of Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. Graduate Program Application Form).
Applications received after these review periods are discouraged but may be accepted and reviewed based on availability of space within the program. Please contact Katie O’Connor (contact information below) in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction regarding space availability if you are applying beyond the dates listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
The Graduate School application must be filled out online. Submit the application and pay the $60 fee online. Then submit the following materials to the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program:
- Curriculum and Instruction Application Form
- Letter of intent including academic and professional goals and philosophy of teaching and learning
- Current resume including experiences with children and adolescents
- Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation that attest to your recent academic or professional performance
- At least one (two if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0) of the following:
- Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher)
- Official MAT Score (383 or higher)
- MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree.
- A 500-word essay (see prompt below)
- National Board Certification
*** Occasionally an interview is requested by our admissions committee. Applicants will be notified if and when this might be appropriate.
Elementary and secondary licensure applicants must also submit:
- Initial Background Screening Form
- Background Check Authorization Form
- Noncriminal Justice Applicant's Rights Form
- A fingerprint-based background check. A fingerprint card packet must be acquired from Teacher Education Services to complete the background check. (Please contact Teacher Education Services if unable to visit the office.)
- A written description of previous experiences with children and adolescents. This is a two to three paragraph document separate from the resume.
- A 500-word essay, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirement #5 above.)
International students whose first language is not English and who are not graduates of an English-speaking university must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 7.0 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally into a graduate program or as a graduate nondegree student and be required to complete English as a Second Language course(s) before they can take courses in their major. Contact Helen at (406) 243-6257 for testing information.
C&I Graduate Program Teaching Assistantships are incredibly competitive, due to the limited positions available at both the Master's and Doctoral level. TA applications are only accepted during the March 1st deadline for the following academic year. Please contact the C&I Graduate Program Co-Coordinators for more information.