Five-year program. Students currently enrolled in the teacher education program at Wesleyan may apply for admission to the five-year master’s program during the second semester of their junior year. Up to six graduate hours may be taken during the senior year. To be eligible for financial aid, at least three credit hours of undergraduate work that count toward the undergraduate degree must be taken each semester throughout the master’s program (excluding May and summer sessions). Five-year students must be enrolled in twelve or more credit hours to be considered full time. The bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be conferred simultaneously upon successful completion of the five-year program.

Traditional program. Other individuals wishing to enter the master’s program may apply for admission at any time. Candidates for the Multi-categorical Special Education and Reading Specialist programs must have obtained initial teaching certification in Elementary Education or Secondary Education (English, math, science, or social studies). Candidates for the Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Initial Certification program should possess an undergraduate degree in a content area (art, biology, chemistry, English, math, physics, or one of the social studies).

Each applicant will be considered individually by the Graduate Education Faculty. For full consideration, each applicant must:

  • Declare intention to enter the Five-Year Program prior to completion of 60 hours of undergraduate course work in one of the following majors: Elementary Education, or Secondary Education majors of English, Math, Science, or Social Studies.

  • Provide official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses.

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better in all previous college work and at least a 2.0 or better undergraduate and 3.0 or better graduate grade in each education course.

  • Provide two recommendations, using the Graduate Recommendation Form, one of which must be completed by the advisor of record or professional supervisor.

  • Submit a Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives.

  • Complete the Graduate Application for Admission to the MEd Program and submit with a $50 nonrefundable fee to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  • Non-native-English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting their results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Once a candidate is admitted to the master’s in education program, he or she must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on all graduate work and be free of substantiated challenges to his or her disposition(s) regarding the teaching profession.

Candidates must complete the program within five years. Credits older than seven years will not be applied toward the master’s degree.