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Graduate Admissions Writing Requirement

  1. Graduate Admissions Writing Requirement
    • Create a document for the statement of interest essay requirement. The document should be in a letter format, single spaced and addressed to the committee.

      Degree Seeking Applicants: 2 - 3 pages
      Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Applicants: 1 page
      Non-Degree Seeking Applicants, including Reading Recovery and Add-on-Licensure Applicants: 1 page

  2. Assistantship Requirement
    Interested in an assistantship? Click here for additional instructions. An assistantship essay and resume must be uploaded into the online application for admission.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership

    The letter of interest must describe how your educational and professional background prepares you for doctoral study and your current (or possible) research interests. Please include how the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership will allow you to realize your goals.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  • Academically and Intellectually Gifted Specialization
    The letter of application should include a description of the applicant's professional goals, prior experiences working with gifted and talented learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Curriculum, Supervision and Instruction Specialization
    The letter of application must include a description of the applicant's professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.
  • Educational Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy in Early Childhood Specialization
    A personal statement describing one's interest in family and child advocacy and any prior leadership experience.
  • Elementary Education Specialization
    A statement of intent (2-3 pages) describing the candidate's commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with elementary learners, qualifications and prior experiences in elementary schools, and a philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • English as a Second Language Specialization
    A letter of interest describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with English language learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning
  • Higher Education Specialization
    Each application must include an essay that identifies a current issue in higher education and discusses potential ways in which the issue can or should be addressed by leaders in the field. Where possible, candidates should discuss how their career goals align with their interest in addressing this issue.
  • Language and Literacy Specialization
    The letter of application must include a description of the applicant's professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.
  • Middle Grades Education Specialization
    The letter of application must include a description of the applicant's professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.
  • Physical Education and Health Specialization
    A letter of interest describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with K-12 students in PEH classes, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Secondary Education Specialization
    The letter of application must include a description of the applicant's professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.
  • Spanish Education Specialization
    A letter of interest describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with World Language learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning.

Master of School Administration (M.S.A.)

  • School Administration
    The letter of application must include a description of goals and interests in pursuing graduate study.
    (This letter is in addition to the autobiographical statement which you must upload in a separate section of the application.)

Master of Science

  • Instructional Technology (M.I.T.)
    The letter should describe educational and professional experiences, reasons for pursuing this degree, and contributions that the applicant plans to make upon degree completion. A "Statement of Professional Goals" should also be included in the letter.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

  • Elementary Education Specialization
    A statement of intent (2-3 pages) describing the candidate's background, any prior experiences working with children, why the applicant is interested in obtaining a degree in Elementary Education, and, specific qualities that would make the applicant a strong candidate for the program. Candidates for the M.A.T program are strongly urged to have experience with children documented prior to applying in order to be knowledgeable about elementary school students and educational settings. Such experience may include substitute teaching, part-time teaching, volunteer work, summer camps, babysitting, daycare, tutoring, etc.
  • English as a Second Language Specialization
    This program prepares individuals for North Carolina teacher certification in the area of English as a Second Language. A letter of interest (no more than 2 pages) describing any past experiences that might prepare you for your studies and your future goals in this area is required.
  • Middle Grades Education Specialization
    The letter of interest must describe your commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with young adolescents, philosophy of teaching and learning, and understanding of the complexity of middle schools.
  • Physical Education & Health Specialization
    A letter of interest (no more than 2 pages) describing any past experiences that might prepare you for your studies and your future goals in this area.
  • Secondary Education Specialization
    The letter of interest must describe your commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with teenagers, philosophy of teaching and learning, and understanding of the complexity of secondary schools.
  • Spanish Specialization Specialization
    A letter of interest (in English) describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with World Language learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and learning.

Non-Degree Education

  • Includes any candidates applying as non-degree graduate students, including Reading Recovery and Add-on Licensure applicants, to the Watson College of Education.
    The letter of interest should be a brief one paragraph statement, which describes the reason you are applying as a non-degree graduate student (e.g., Reading Recovery Program, missed application deadline, licensure renewal credit, etc.) If you plan to apply to a graduate program as a degree seeking student in a future semester, please identify the program for which you plan to apply and the semester/year you hope to begin this program.