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School of Education

Admission procedures for graduate study

Application procedures

Application forms and instructions for applying to all graduate programs are available on the Graduate School Web site at Note that applications cannot be processed until they are complete (including test scores). Admission information specific to each program can be found in the division section of this bulletin.

Test scores

Either the GRE, General Aptitude portion, or the MAT is required for the Master of Teaching, the Master of Education, the Master of Science, the Post-master’s Certificate for Principals and Supervisors, the Post-master’s Certificate in Reading, the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Technology. The Ph.D. program requires the GRE, General Aptitude portion.

A passing score on Praxis I, although not required for graduate admission, is required for placement in clinical experiences (practica, internships and certain externships) as well as for licensure in Virginia. Contact the Student Services Center for applications for Admission to Teacher Preparation, booklets on Praxis I and Praxis II, and information regarding offerings of the Praxis examinations by paper and pencil or by computer. Information about the tests may be obtained in the Student Services Center as well.

Application deadlines

The following application deadlines have been established for the Master of Education, the Master of Science, the Master of Teaching and the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching.

Mar 15 Summer session or fall semester term of entry
Nov 1 Spring semester term of entry

The Ph.D. in Education has the following application deadline:

Jan 15 Fall semester term of entry

Students who are unable to enroll for the semester for which they are accepted must request a deferment.

General admission requirements

The admission decision will be made on an overall analysis of the following for each degree program. See each division section for any additional information.

Master of Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Science, Post-master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership, Post-master's Certificate in Reading, Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology and Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Teaching

Ph.D. in Education

Refer to the Ph.D. in Education program section of this bulletin for admission requirements.

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Refer to the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science section of this bulletin for admission requirements.

Advising and student program planning

All students admitted to the School of Education are assigned advisers. Students are expected to work with their adviser to plan their programs of study. Each graduate program agreement, or changes thereto, must be approved by the adviser and the appropriate department chair, or the associate dean for academic programs. Courses taken without approval are taken at the student’s risk. Each student is required to complete and file a program plan with the department before the completion of the sixth credit hour.

Steps to completing M.Ed. and M.S. degrees

Step When Where
1. Admission 0-6 hours Student Services Center
2. Program of studies 0-6 hours With adviser, approved by department chair
3. Candidacy 12-18 hours Application approved by adviser, core coordinator, department chair
4. Comprehensive examination* 30 hours Application to department office
5. Externship or internship Usually the last semester of course work Application from Office of Student Services
6. Graduation Last semester of course work; see current bulletin for deadline Application from registrar (approved by adviser, department chair, dean’s office and returned to registrar)
* Not required in M.S. in Recreation, Parks and Sport Management, and M.Ed. in Special Education and being phased out in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

The chart outlines the general steps to completing the Master of Education and the Master of Science degrees. All other graduate-level students in the School of Education should refer to the appropriate section of this bulletin for information specific to these programs.

Admission to candidacy

Admission to graduate study in the Master of Education or Master of Science programs does not constitute candidacy for a degree. Rather, students who have been admitted to graduate study are advanced to degree candidacy upon the recommendation of the adviser, core faculty and department in which the degree is sought.

Advancement to degree candidacy requires that students must have completed at least 12 but no more than 18 semester hours of graduate study with a minimum GPA of 3.0; must have demonstrated clearly the aptitude and ability to pursue graduate study, including independent study; must have exhibited a commitment to their profession; and must have demonstrated promise for a successful career in the field selected in terms of temperament and personality. Specific courses may be required prior to application for candidacy. Admission to degree candidacy is not an automatic process. Students must file an approved application for candidacy with their departments. Only students who have been admitted to candidacy may pursue additional work toward the degree.

Comprehensive examination

The student will have only two opportunities to take the comprehensive examination. Failure to pass the comprehensive examination the second time will result in the student being dropped from the degree program.


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