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Admission into the graduate education program is open to all applicants who hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized international institution of higher education. For all programs other than School Leadership, the admission decision will be based on the following:
1. A completed application packet, including a one-page, type written personal goals and objectives statement and $50.00 application fee.
2. Two professional recommendations from individuals qualified to evaluate the candidate's academic and practitioner skills.
3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended. Official transcripts must be sent to the school in sealed, unopened envelopes from the institution.
4. A grade point average of 2.67 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the major field of study. Under special circumstances, a candidate with an extensive work history or other overriding qualifications may be admitted with a slightly lower GPA.
5. Documentation of successful completion of the appropriate portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) and valid teaching license(s).
Admissions criteria for the School Leadership Preparation Program have been strengthened to make the candidate selection process more rigorous. Acceptance decisions are based on the academic ability and professional accomplishments of applicants. To that end, GPA requirements have been increased from 2.67 to 3.00, requirements for classroom experience have increased, and a team review of each candidate application is in place. Following is a list of the program entrance requirements.
1. Bachelor's degree with GPA of 3.00 or better.
2. Principal track requires an initial teaching license and three (3) years of documented teaching.
3. Special Education Administrator track requires an initial license in a related field (per licensure regulations), plus three (3) years of documented teaching.
4. Superintendent track requires at least three (3) years of documented administrative experience.
5. Submission of all official transcripts.
6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from supervisory/leadership personnel familiar with their work.
7. Copy of initial/professional teaching license.
8. Passing scores on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Tests for admission.
9. Personal essay that reflects goals as a future administrator; this will be reviewed by a team of three administrators.
10. After 2016, candidates need to possess the SEI Endorsement prior to matriculation.
After the completion of the first two courses (which include pre-practicum embedded hours), but before the first practicum experience begins, student progress will be reviewed; candidates must maintain a minimum B+ average in their coursework. For those students who have not met the minimum requirement, a decision will be made as to whether or not the student will continue in the program after the student meets with the Program Director and the Associate Dean of Education (or designees).