Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Admission Criteria

Master’s degree applicants must hold bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. The undergraduate record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and successfully pursue studies in a graduate field. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work is required. (Some programs require a cumulative GPA above 2.70, as well as other additional materials. Students are advised to check additional materials required by departments.)

For those students who apply to the School of Graduate Studies and do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), the quality points of credits for courses taken at the graduate level will be added to the quality points of the undergraduate GPA to compute the total GPA to determine if the required 2.70 has been met. Along with the overall 2.70, it is expected that students meet the requirement of a 3.00 GPA for their graduate or post-baccalaureate course work.

When applicable, evidence of successful completion of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA, on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), will make the student eligible for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, and the undergraduate GPA will not be counted.

Applicants to the Ed.D. program and to Sixth-Year Certificates must hold master’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. The academic record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and successfully pursue studies in the graduate field. Each program has its own requirements. Applicants are advised to consult the program description sections of this catalog or the graduate website about application requirements relevant to specific graduate programs.

 

Other Post-Master’s Study

Students wishing to develop programs of study in other fields beyond the master’s may request admission to 30-credit planned programs of post-master’s study in available areas of interest. All planned programs of post-master’s study, with the exception of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Sixth-Year Certificates, are non-degree programs and are provided in a limited number of fields. Admission to programs of post-master’s study is limited to students who hold an appropriate master’s degree and, if applicable, the appropriate Connecticut teaching certificate, or who present other evidence of advanced course work in the field of study. Acceptance is based on performance at the master’s degree level (minimum 3.00 on a 4.00 scale where A=4.00). Additional admission requirements are described in the program descriptions section of this catalog.

 

Official Certificate Programs

Official Certificate Programs (OCP) are academic programs of study that have been designed for those interested in developing expertise in a particular field of study; requirements are individually prescribed dependent on the program. These do not lead to degrees and requirements are individually prescribed dependent on the program. The Graduate Application form lists the OCPs that are available. Applicants are advised to consult the program description sections of this catalog to determine specific requirements for each of the programs.

 

Teacher Certification Programs

Central Connecticut State University offers programs of preparation for teacher certification at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The School of Graduate Studies offers post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs, which lead to certification but do not lead to degrees. Consistent with state requirements for the undergraduate academic preparation of teachers, only those applicants who present at least a 2.70 (B-) undergraduate cumulative average may be considered for admission to a certification program at the graduate level.

After admission to the post-baccalaureate graduate program, a student seeking acceptance to the Professional Program in the School of Education and Professional Studies is required to submit a separate application and accompanying documents for review by the office of the dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, and the respective department. The application must be submitted by September 10 (for fall consideration) or by February 10 (for spring consideration) of the semester in which the student is first eligible. (Note: These dates and processes differ for applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Applicants should consult the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog for more information.) An eligible student is someone who has: been admitted to the graduate program; completed or is enrolled in no less than six credits of post-baccalaureate course work at CCSU; met special departmental requirements; and passed the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test-PPST or received an official waiver. (Note: These dates and processes differ for applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Applicants should consult the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog for more information.)

A complete application for the Professional Program in Education includes two letters of recommendation from persons able to testify to the candidate’s suitability as a prospective teacher; an essay which demonstrates a command of the English language, describing in written narrative the reasons for wanting to enroll in the Professional Program and emphasizing experiences which are relevant to teaching; verification of a satisfactory Praxis I PPST completion or an official waiver; a copy of the letter of admission to the graduate program; and a signed copy of the official planned program of graduate study.

The student is responsible for presenting a complete application packet to the assistant dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies (Barnard Hall 203).

Students admitted for graduate study, but not yet admitted to the Professional Program for teacher certification, develop, with their assigned advisors, planned programs of required courses. The length of the planned program depends on the undergraduate preparation of the student. Most students must devote the equivalent of at least two years or more of full-time study in order to complete undergraduate coursework and professional education, including student teaching, in areas of study required for certification.

Most students must devote at least two years or more full-time study in order to complete undergraduate coursework and professional education, including student teaching, in areas of study required for certification. Students must be accepted to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification to register for Professional Program courses.

Student teaching has a separate application process. Those requesting student teaching in the fall semester must submit student teaching applications by March 1 of the preceding spring semester. Applicants requesting student teaching in the spring semester must apply by October 1 of the preceding fall semester.

Additional information about the requirements for entry into the Professional Program may be obtained from the office of the dean, School of Education and Professional Studies (Barnard Hall 203). Student teaching applications and information are available in the Office of Field Experiences and Student Teaching (Barnard Hall 334).

 

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