Graduate Admissions Writing Requirement

  1. Graduate Admissions Writing Requirement
    • Degree Seeking Applicants: Create a 2 – 3 page separate document for the statement of interest essay requirement. The document should be in a letter format, single spaced and 12 point Arial font addressed to the committee. The specific content requirements are listed below by program. Please review and reference the WCE Mission Statement and Values in your essay (For more information, see “About Watson College, Mission” page: http://uncw.edu/ed/mission.html )
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Applicants:  Create a 1 page separate document for the statement of interest essay requirement.  The document should be in a letter format, single spaced and 12 point Arial font addressed to the committee.  The letter should describe the educational and professional experiences and reasons for pursuing this certificate.  Please review and reference the WCE Mission Statement and Values in your essay (For more information, see “About Watson College, Mission” page: http://uncw.edu/ed/mission.html)
    • Non-Degree Seeking Applicants, including Reading Recovery and Add-on-Licensure Applicants:
      Create a one paragraph separate document for the statement of interest essay requirement. The document should be in a paragraph format, single spaced and 12 point Arial font. The specific content requirements are listed below by program. Please review and reference the WCE Mission Statement and Values in your essay (For more information, see “About Watson College, Mission” page: http://uncw.edu/ed/mission.html )
  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.

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

The letter of interest must describe intent to attend full or part time, professional goals related to the program description, teaching and leadership experiences, philosophy of teaching and learning, and vision for educational leadership.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – Curriculum, Supervision and Instruction

The letter of application must include a description of the applicant’s professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – 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.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – Elementary Education

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.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Higher Education

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.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – Language and Literacy

The letter of application must include a description of the applicant’s professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – Middle Grades Education

The letter of application must include a description of the applicant’s professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – Secondary Education

The letter of application must include a description of the applicant’s professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.

Master of Education (M.Ed) – Specialty Studies

The application should include an education statement of interest describing your commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences working with learners in the focus area of interest, prior experiences in schools, and your philosophy of teaching and learning. Students seeking an MEd in the Spanish focus area much also submit a Spanish writing sample and a Spanish speaking sample or interview.

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

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 in 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

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.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – Middle Grades Education

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.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – Secondary Education

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.

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.





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