Sixth-Year Certificate > Admissions Requirements
Admissions standards for this program are competitive and not everyone who meets the admissions requirements can be accepted. Only students admitted to this program will be eligible to apply for institutional recommendation for the Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor Certificate (092).
In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, admission decisions will be based on the following:
A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
A 3.0 minimum grade average in post-baccalaureate courses and a 2.7 undergraduate GPA are required. Students' with a 3.3 or higher post-baccalaureate GPA (on a four-point scale) will receive first priority for admission into the program.
A minimum of three years teaching experience.
Possession of or eligibility for a Connecticut teaching certificate.
Two letters of recommendation from school administrators who can attest to applicant's strengths and weaknesses, interpersonal skills, intellectual ability, and leadership potential.
A well-written and appropriate application essay that focuses on the reasons that led the candidate to the area of school leadership as well as future career goals.
An interview by a team of Educational Leadership faculty.
All applications and supporting materials for admission to the program must be received by March 1st for the summer and fall semesters and November 1st for spring term. Faculty members participating in the interview process complete a standard form and make a recommendation to the chair, who considers all information before rendering a decision. Students who do not meet department standards are deferred or denied, with suggestions for remedying their weaknesses.
Once admitted to the program, a sixth-year candidate is assigned an advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership & Instructional Technology. The student must contact the advisor soon after acceptance to set a time for meeting and developing a Planned Program of Study. In the appendices we have provided the Graduate School forms used to document requirements and assess that each graduate has completed the planned program. This form must be signed by the student, the advisor, and the Dean of the Graduate School in order for the student to take more than one class.