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The School of Education offers programs to prepare teachers, counselors and administrators for a wide range of careers in schools and non-profit settings. Most programs lead to certification in a particular field, as defined by the New York State Department of Education. All of the programs are registered with New York State and many are nationally recognized by specialized professional associations.

For a complete list of programs and specific admissions requirements click here *Please use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your internet browser

For questions about your intended program, application or admission conditions (currently enrolled students) you may schedule an appointment with a Graduate Advisor at the School of Education.

Please note: Certificate and Advance Certificate programs are NOT ELIGIBLE for Federal Financial Aid

Application Deadlines:

International applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1 to be considered for Fall admission and September 15 to be considered for Spring admission.

Spring Admission Deadline: October 15

Fall Admission Deadline: March 15 *most programs in the School of Education

The following programs have Fall Admission only
Adolescent Special Education MSEd (online pathway) and Adv. Cert. (March 15) Early Childhood Development and Learning Diverse Children and Families Adv. Cert. (March 15)
Childhood Special Education Adv. Cert Learning Disabilities Concentration (March 15) EdD in Instructional Leadership (February 15)
Childhood with STEM Specialization (March 15) Educational Psychology (March 15)
Computer Science Education (March 15) Elementary Math Specialist (March 15)
Dance Education (March 15)

Additional School of Education Deadlines

Application Fee Waiver

Applicants applying to programs for the Fall 2022 term leading to high-needs certification areas, including all developmental level in Special Education and Adolescent Math are eligible for an application fee waiver. These programs are listed below:

Adolescent Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12) Master's and Post Master's Advance Certificate
Adolescent Mathematics Professional Certificate (Grades 7-12)
Adolescent Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12) Master's and Advance Certificate
Professional Certification in Special Education (All levels) Master's
Childhood Special Education: Behavior Disorders (Grades 1-6) Master's and Advance Certificate
Childhood Special Education: Learning Disabilities (Grades 1-6) Master's and Advance Certificate
Childhood Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities
Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families (Birth- Grade 2) (Early Childhood Special Ed) Master's and Advance Certificate
Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families w/Severe Multiple Disabilities (Birth- Grade 2) Master's

General Application Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College - College & University Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional sources.
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500 words describing your objectives in undertaking graduate study. In reviewing applications, considerable importance is placed on the applicant’s interest in and commitment to advanced study and professional development.
  • Submit GRE scores. The GRE is required for all graduate teacher education and school building leadership programs. This includes initial certification, professional certification, and advanced certificate programs. The Hunter College  ETS code for the GRE is 2301.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the TOEFL/IELTS. *Effective June 1, 2021 (Spring 2022 application processing period) and thereafter, applicants with foreign credentials who also hold a prior master's or doctoral degrees from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or the international equivalent degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English are exempt from this requirement.

Minimum TOEFL scores for all programs:

  • Overall: TOEFL iBT: 90/ Paper Based Test: 575/ Computer Administered Test: 233
  • Writing: TOEFL iBT Writing Section: 22/ Paper Based Test of Written English: 4.5
  • Speaking: TOEFL iBT Speaking Section: 23/ Paper Based Test of Spoken English: 45

Minimum IELTS scores for all programs:

  • Overall IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score
  • Writing: 6.5 IELTS Reading
  • Speaking: 7 IELTS Speaking

For more information on taking the TOEFL, visit ;  IELTS, visit For more information on submitting your TOEFL/IELTS scores as part of your application visit Submitting TOEFL/IELTS scores

Additional Application Requirements

Virtual Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

*Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the graduate admissions team is working remotely

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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