Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The M.Ed. Program in Teaching and Curriculum has four important requirements.

First Requirement

Candidates must have achieved an overall junior/senior grade point average of 3.00 or higher. For candidates applying for admission who have completed credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, the last 60 credits completed will be evaluated. Students must submit a copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Second Requirement

Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation. These letters must be from former professors who can attest to the academic ability of the candidate.

Third Requirement

Candidates must submit a 200–300 word personal statement that addresses their career goals and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.

Fourth Requirement

Candidates must submit test scores from one of the following:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Miller Analogies Test
  • Praxis examinations completed for certification.

In addition, students whose native language is not English must also achieve acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students are required to submit a completed online application with the appropriate fees.

Application Deadlines

Candidates may enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring semester, or summer session. All information, including test scores, must be received by July 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and March 1 for summer admission.

Nondegree Graduate Student Status

Any student who has a baccalaureate degree but has not been admitted to the Penn State Graduate School must apply for admission as a nondegree graduate student in order for graduate transcripts to be issued. Application is only required once and there is a fee of $30. No transcripts are required. When applying for nondegree status select that application, and select York as your location.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 10 graduate-level credits earned as a nondegree student at Penn State or at any accredited institution may be accepted for a student’s teaching and curriculum program. Course work to be considered for transfer must be less than five years old at the time of application to the Penn State program and must be of at least B quality, and must appear on an official graduate transcript. Special Note: With advisor approval, transfer credits can be applied toward the education and supportive electives. All transfer credits must be approved by the faculty adviser, the program coordinator, and the Graduate School.