Admissions Requirements

To qualify for admission to the M.A. in Urban Special Education program, you must have:

Admissions Application

There is no cost to submit the admissions application online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program for consideration. Students applying as international students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and student visa status. 


A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Test Scores

  • Passing scores in all three sections of the Core. A passing score within the past 5 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis I/Core.
  • Passing score on the Praxis II: Middle School Content Knowledge Test (# 5146)

Two Letters of Recommendation

A personal essay, not more than two pages in length, outlining your reasons for seeking teacher certification, life experiences that may have affected this career choice, and the reasons you are interested in becoming an urban special educator. For TFA applicants, in place of this essay, narratives submitted to Teach for America may be submitted.