Graduate Program Admissions & Review Processes
Success in the graduate study of education is related to qualities of mind, motivation, literacy, and experience. Among the qualities of mind sought in candidates for admission to education programs are creativity, intelligence, independence of thought, willingness to take risks, openness to new ideas, openness to diversity, and flexibility of thought. Motivation is demonstrated by commitment to learners of all ages, professional growth, self-direction, and commitment to academic study leading to a graduate degree. Literacy is the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Experience may be demonstrated by diverse activities including work with children or adults in a variety of settings, foreign or domestic travel, and a liberal education. Each student brings a different mix of characteristics and strengths to graduate study.
In the admissions process, the applicant will develop a portfolio of materials which demonstrate the qualities of mind, levels of motivation and literacy, and quality of experience brought to study for an advanced degree. The portfolio will include the following items:
- A completed Graduate School application form which includes a personal statement containing responses to the following three questions: (no less than one typed page for each)
- Describe several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next five years. Include in your description reasons why these goals are important to you.
- What are the characteristics, attitudes, values, and/or skills that you think will make you a good candidate for your chosen professional role?
- What have you already done professionally or personally of which you are proud?
- Applicants for master's programs may supplement their portfolios with additional materials which represent their abilities.
To get started, visit the Graduate School website today!