Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the (M.Ed.) graduate program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Official scores on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam
  4. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields (employers, professors, supervisors)
  5. A 2-3 page typed letter of application which includes a description of the applicant's professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.

Photo of L&L students and facultyThe criteria for graduate admissions decisions include:

  1. A grade average of "B" in the undergraduate major
  2. Satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam
  3. Satisfactory letters of recommendation from appropriate references
  4. Satisfactory writing skills indicated by the letter of application

Admission decisions are based upon several factors and where other indictors of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the language and literacy program are required to hold, or be qualified to hold, North Carolina Class "A" elementary, middle grades, special education or secondary teacher education licensure.

Students Seeking Admission for Licensure Only

Photo of L&L students and facultyStudents who seek professional improvement or licensure renewal but do not intend to pursue a degree may register for graduate courses through procedures established for non-degree students.

Students Seeking Reading Recovery Training

Coursework in Reading Recovery is available to students meeting specific admissions criteria, including holding a master's degree in reading or closely related area, at least five years of teaching experience, and having the nomination of a school district or consortium that has filed application to become a Reading Recovery site. Persons successfully earning certification are qualified and approved by the National Diffusion Network to serve as teacher leaders for the Reading Recovery programmed within public school systems. For additional information and requirements, contact Dr. Barbara Honchell in the Department of Elementary, Middle Level, & Literacy Education, Watson College of Education.