Admissions and Course Enrollment
You can apply to take a single class for professional development and personal nurture, or apply to a degree or certificate program.
Completed applications for admission into the graduate program are reviewed regularly throughout the year. The Teacher Education Admissions Committee (TEAC) makes admissions decisions and annually reviews admissions policies. A completed application includes the following:
Applications for a Master's in Education degree (see certificate requirements below):
- Completed application to the Graduate Teacher Education program with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00.
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
- Two academic recommendations on EMU provided forms: (a) building level administrator/supervisor and (b) someone qualified to speak to the applicant’s academic ability and potential.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least a cumulative 3.0 gpa (based on 4.0). If this condition is not met, graduate gpa of six or more credits will be considered.
- A valid teaching license, a copy of which must be submitted by the applicant for the graduate file. Applicants applying for the TESL concentration with PreK-12 initial licensure in VA; the Trauma and Resilience in Educational Environments certificate and concentration; or the Restorative Justice in Education certificate and concentration are exempt from the teaching license requirement.
- Evidence of one year of successful, licensed teaching in a public or private school setting, or evidence of one year of successful work with youth in a public or private school setting. Applicants applying for the TESL concentration with PreK-12 initial licensure in VA are exempt from the teaching experience requirement. Applicants who seek admission without meeting these criteria must provide a written explanation of their relevant experience and rationale for seeking admission.
- Applicants seeking initial licensure in Virginia through EMU’s Graduate Teacher Education program are required to pass the VCLA and the entry assessment for math prior to admission. (See Required Licensure/Endorsement Exam Scores for equivalent entry assessments at www.emu.edu/education/test-scores/.)
- A personal interview with the director of the Graduate Teacher Education program, or designee.
- Full time students (9 hours per semester) applying to EMU’s main campus in Virginia must submit an EMU graduate student Health Information Form.
Due to the part-time nature of our Graduate Teacher Education program, we are not currently able to sponsor international students for F-1 or J-1 visas. However, online programs are available to students in their home country. In addition, we welcome international students who possess other permission to live and study in the US.
For these students, in addition to the requirements above, international applicants must submit the following information:
- Passport copy and proof of existing status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (visa that permits residence and study, or Green Card).
- For applicants whose native language is not English, one of three conditions may be used to satisfy English proficiency.
- Test scores for either the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test. Minimum score requirements are: 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); a 6.5-7.0 on the IELTS, or a 104 on the Duolingo. (Institutional code: 5181).
- A written recommendation from qualified personnel from EMU’s Intensive English Program.
- Evidence that the applicant studied and received a degree from a college or university where degree instruction was in English.
Applications for Graduate Certificates:
- A completed application to the Graduate Teacher Education program with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts from the college or university attended for highest degree earned with evidence of degree conferred.
- A personal interview with the director of the Graduate Teacher Education program, or designee, or, in the case of a school-sponsored cohort participant, recommendation of district administrator.
- Evidence of one year of licensed teaching in a public or private school setting (preferred), or evidence of one year of successful work with youth in a public or private school setting pursuant to employment with a non-school entity (e.g. – a non-profit organization). Applicants applying for the TESL emphasis with K-12 initial licensure in VA are exempt from the teaching experience requirement. Applicants who seek admission without meeting this criteria must provide a written explanation of their relevant experience, rationale for seeking admission, and their relevant post-program goals for consideration by TEAC (this does not automatically satisfy requirement #4).
Applicants who seek admission without meeting these criteria must provide a written explanation of their relevant experience and rationale for seeking admission.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
We offer courses in several locations as well as online. An EMU graduate education remains an excellent value in the higher education marketplace, whether you’re working on a degree, a certificate, recertification, or professional development.
Tuition and fees schedule for Graduate Teacher Education and other EMU graduate programs is available on the Business Office website.
You may search for scholarships using the Sallie Mae Graduate School Scholarship search.