Required Components for Application
The Master's of Science in Education is a selective admissions program. No single admission component will exclude admissions, with the exception of the requirement of a Bachelors' degree from an accredited institution. Each candidate must submit an admission portfolio documenting their professional dispositions and potential. No incomplete admission portfolio will be considered for admission. The Admissions Rubrics are included in this packet. The following are required components of the admissions portfolio:
Completed Application Form
Submitted in the Admission Portfolio. Should model appropriate writing and grammar and be professional in appearance.
Signed and Sealed Letters of Recommendation
Two letters documenting teacher dispositions, teaching potential, and leadership potential. Letters should be written by persons with personal knowledge of the candidate's work with students and teaching colleagues. Two additional letters (not required) from other sources may be submitted, in addition to the professional references. Sealed letters may be submitted in the Admission Portfolio. References desiring to communicate directly with the Director of Graduate Studies in Education may do so.
Professional Objective Statement
Clear and concise statement of professional objectives. Include relevant information regarding background, professional experience. Specifically focus, in detail, on professional development objectives. This statement must be included in the Admission Portfolio. Limit document to 500-750 words. Professional writing skills are an expectation for this program.
Documentation of professional dispositions and potential
selected by the candidate and included in the Admission Portfolio. Examples of appropriate documentation would include, but not be limited to; original lesson plans, units or curriculum written by the candidate, evidence of community involvement, evidence of leadership or initiative in the teaching community, evidence of commitment to diverse learners, and evidence of engaging instruction. Each document should be accompanied by an explanation detailing why the document is included.
Official transcripts of all academic work must be submitted. Transcripts should be sent from the institution to the Director of Graduate Studies in Education at the Richmond campus. Graduate work completed at the time of application will be taken into account when determining academic competence. Transcripts of any post baccalaureate work should be submitted in addition to the undergraduate transcripts. Minimally, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
An interview will be completed with the Graduate Admissions and Retention Committee, or designee. The interview will take place after the submission of the Admission Portfolio. The interview will be scored on a rubric and submitted with the portfolio to the Graduate Admissions and Retention Committee.
The above admissions components will be scored on the admissions rubric by the Graduate Admissions and Retention Committee. This committee will be composed of university faculty.
Dr. James Barbre