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 2.5 for undergraduate work or GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours or for all the major courses
  • 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 or mailed to:
    Elon University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    2750 Campus Box
    Elon, NC 27244
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement – Please answer the following two prompts, giving equal attention to each one. Your total essay should not exceed 1000 words. Your essay will be reviewed for clarity of expression and insight:

1. What kind of educator do you want to become through the process of earning your Master of Education at Elon?

2. What is one issue or challenge facing education today that you want to address through your teaching and advocacy?

  • A completed application with a $60 nonrefundable fee. The application fee will be waived for the summer 2021 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 before being recommended for graduate licensure)

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 you 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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