Admission into the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education in Literacy and Second Language Studies online program is selective and based on meeting the requirements outlined below.
Applications for the online program are reviewed in a holistic manner that carefully considers all items in your application portfolio. Our Admissions Office is happy to work with you to answer any question you may have and help determine your eligibility. Contact an Enrollment Services Advisor or email [email protected].
All applicants will complete the online application for their requested program by the posted application deadline corresponding with the semester you wish to begin. Applicants must ensure that all required materials are successfully uploaded, and the application submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.
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Two letters of recommendation are required.
A resume relevant to academic and professional data. It should include the applicant’s name; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred, and grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.
A detailed look at the applicant’s career path, including achievements, publications, and awards. Including comprehensive information about candidate’s research background, presentations, publications, committee memberships and other experience of an academic, clinical, or scientific nature.
The goal statement serves as a sample of the applicant’s writing quality and ensures their goals match with the program. It should denote applicant’s desired program concentration (if applicable) and highlight applicant’s motivation for pursuing a career in the field, and how the program will benefit them.
All applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts during the application process, showing all undergraduate and graduate course work completed, including degrees granted and dates of conferral.
Official transcripts are not required until the student has received and accepted an offer of admission from the university. Once the offer has been confirmed, the student must submit official transcripts.
International students are required to provide specific information about their transcripts. Transcripts must have a course-by-course evaluation completed from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
English Proficiency Requirement: English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Students can demonstrate proficiency in a number of ways at the graduate level.
You may transfer up to one third of the credits of the program, about 9 credits credit hours of graduate courses from a regionally accredited college or university. These credits must have been earned within the last five years prior to admission and be approved by the program faculty. Practicum coursework cannot be transferred into the program.
Transferring from one graduate program to join another at UC, all UC graduate credits taken as part of the incomplete program or under a certificate are eligible to use to fulfill requirements in the new program, based on faculty evaluation of the equivalence to courses in the new curriculum and program approval.
No GRE is required of applicants.
GRE scores are optional for admission. Scores are recommended to strengthen applications that may be weak in areas. For example, applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 should include GRE scores with their application.
Candidates who graduated from a non-accredited college or university or who do not meet the minimum grade point averages requirement for admission will need a waiver from the School of Education. For the program to request a waiver, the candidate must provide evidence that address mastery of the knowledge prerequisite to the courses required by the program, acceptable writing skills, the ability to engage in critical thinking, and a personal commitment to completing the program. The evidence must convincingly demonstrate the candidate’s potential for success in graduate level work.
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Earning the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement Graduate Certificate creates additional opportunities for an educator’s career choices. The demand for teachers is constant and employment growth is high.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for ESOL teachers in particular was expected to be greater than average since the number of U.S. students who don’t speak English was predicted to continue to grow. While many people who pursue ESOL careers choose to become teachers, there also are opportunities available for those seeking jobs outside the traditional classroom. Available positions might include:
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Courses taken prior to admission into the graduate certificate program may be eligible for transfer into the program, if taken within 5 years prior to admission and if approved by the program faculty. Official paperwork is required and the appropriate forms may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies.
To maintain active status in the program, students must register for at least one credit every academic year. Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of date of admission. Practicum coursework cannot be transferred into the program and up to (9) semester credit hours can be transferred into the program upon approval of the department.
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In a society in which employment and economic advancement increasingly depend on more developed and specialized skills, the handicap of illiteracy can only grow more severe. Here is why you should receive your MEd LSLS degree with UC online:
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