Admission to Graduate Program
Students must satisfy the following admission requirements prior to completing 24 credits of coursework (see Note below):
1. General admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:
- A one‐page letter of intent stating professional background, experience, and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the department
- Two letters of recommendation
- An interview with the graduate advisor
An undergraduate cumulative QPA of 2.8. If average is below 2.8, the student may be admitted as provisional, which must be eliminated after completion of 6 semester hours in which a QPA of 3.0 or better is earned. No Cs may be earned during a probationary period.
2. *Documentation of valid Act 34 (Criminal Record), Act 114 (Federal Criminal History) and Act 151 (Child Abuse) clearances. Clearances are valid for one year from the date of issuance (see Graduate Resources).
3. *Possession and documentation of a professional liability insurance policy is required. Three available sources to university students include, but are not limited to: a) CEC; b) PSEA; c) own personal policy.
4. *Documentation of TB screening results.
5. Completion of the 10‐Day or 5-Day Field Experience, or documentation of valid field experiences.
6. Documentation of current Instructional I certificate (if seeking advanced program teacher certification).
7. Submission of completed packet to graduate advisor. Advisor will review the packet, interview the student, and make a recommendation to the chairperson regarding admission to the program.
All graduate students must have documentation of current clearances, professional liability insurance, and TB screening on file in the Department of Exceptionality Programs prior to enrolling in any education course that requires a field experience.