Admissions for Education Programs
Deadline | Deferred Admission | Expenses | Policies & Procedures | Clearance
- A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants to School of Education graduate certification programs with an undergraduate GPA of 2.9 or below are required to take the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) test administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems (www.pa.nesinc.com). A passing composite score of 193 in the Reading module; 197 in the Math module; and 192 in the Writing module (qualifying score of 220 per module) must be attained in order for a candidate to be considered for admission.
- One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
- Proof of any teaching certification or license held in any state. Note that proof of Pennsylvania teaching certification is required for those applying for add-on certification. Copies of certificates are acceptable. Teaching certification is not required for application to initial certification or non-certification programs.
- Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or fewer, at least one letter must come from a professor.
- International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
Application Deadline/Rolling Admission
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students may start in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester.
Students accepted into programs with rolling admission must notify the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, in writing, of their intent to delay enrolling in courses and provide a date on which they expect to begin coursework. For deferred admission policies for the Doctor of Education, please refer to that program listing.
(Please see the program listings for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for expenses for the program.)
- Tuition: $720 per credit for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
- Deferred Payment: $40
- Audit: $720 per course for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
- Parking: $40 per semester (fall and spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Academic Policies and Procedures for Graduate Education
In addition to the graduate Academic Policies and Procedures, the following program-specific policies apply. These policies also apply to non-degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in certification programs. A grade point average of “B” or better is required for admission to degree candidacy, student teaching practicum and graduation. A grade below “C” may not be applied toward a degree, and only 6 credits of “C” count toward a degree. A student must obtain permission from his or her adviser to retake a certification course. If a failing grade is received (“C–” or below), the course may be repeated one time only with the adviser’s permission.
Student Responsibilities with Respect to Clearance Requirements
The PA Department of Education requires Arcadia University to have a copy of current clearances for all students completing field experiences and Student Teaching. PDE states that students must demonstrate the professional behavior of acquiring and maintaining appropriate clearances.
It is your responsibility to obtain ALL required clearances to file with the Arcadia University School of Education by day one of the semester. It is your responsibility to update annually the PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record Check, Arrest/Conviction form and the TB test in May/June. Not doing so will jeopardize your field placement and, therefore, your course completion. This will, as well, affect negatively the evaluation of your professional behavior.
It is your responsibility to retain the original clearances in a safe place and to make copies available to fieldwork sites on your first visit.