Admission Requirements

The M.Ed. admissions policy is designed to select outstanding students who have demonstrated both academic competence and teaching ability. Each application is considered in light of all completed academic work, undergraduate grade point average, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.

Completed applications must include the following materials:

  • Evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work.
  • Applications with a GPA of 2.5-2.99 for undergraduate work may be accepted provisionally. Full admittance status will be awarded if the candidate earns a GPA of 3.0 in the first semester.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate studies completed or taken, and sent to Elon’s Office of Graduate Admissions from the institution; transcripts may be emailed to gradadm@elon.edu or mailed to:
    Elon University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    2750 Campus Box
    Elon, NC 27244
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation needs to be from someone in a supervisory role for your work.
  • Application Essay – Elon University’s Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Please upload an equity and inclusion statement with your online application, and comment on these principles in the context of your professional aspirations. The statement should be approximately 2 pages, double-spaced. Adapted from: Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development
  • A completed application with a $60 nonrefundable fee. The application fee will be waived for the summer 2022 application cycle in an effort to assist all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Recognized teaching license or commitment to achieving licensure. (Candidates must have met requirements for a North Carolina [or state candidate teaches in] initial or higher license).
    • Please Note: Elon’s Innovation in Education M.Ed. Program does not lead to an initial or advance license issued by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

For Participate Learning, Inc. Teachers:

Elon has an established partnership with Participate Learning, Inc. We understand that Participate Learning, Inc. teachers have met the necessary requirements to work as an educator in the United States which includes proof of English proficiency. Additional requirements for Participate Learning, Inc. teachers include:

  • Complete requirements listed above
  • Electronically signed Release Form, which is part of the application, to allow the Office of Graduate Admissions to request copies of official transcripts and the English translations for evaluation from Participate Learning, Inc. on your behalf.

For International Applicants:

  • Complete requirements listed above.
  • Official transcripts must be translated to English, if they are not already in English, and must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a third party such as WES or ECE.
  • If your transcript is already fully in English, we can conduct the evaluation internally. Simply upload your transcripts to your application for review.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required unless English is the student’s native language or the language of instruction. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based) is required. English translations of transcripts and explanations of grading systems are required.
    • Students may also elect to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic exam; a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (overall band) is required.

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