What do I need to apply?

  • Graduate teacher preparation and school leadership candidates must submit:
    • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination. Please note that in-service teachers and school administrators who have completed a master’s degree and have obtained teacher certifications are not required to submit GRE or MAT exam scores.
    • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • Personal essay demonstrating candidates’ beliefs about student learning, commitment to diversity, enthusiasm for learning, willingness to foster collaboration, and ethics.
  • 12 credits in a language other than English.
  • Strong teacher and/or employer recommendations.
  • Additional prerequisite undergraduate courses, depending on strand (see below).

Additional Liberal Arts Requirements

The requirements of this program (both strands) include several undergraduate social science and distribution courses. It is not unusual that an applicant will have one or more of these courses left to take. Some of these courses may need to be taken before starting the program or before starting student teaching, but they are not an application requirement. All of them must be finished before a degree can be granted. We will help prospective students identify appropriate courses.

Interested students should contact Zaline Roy-Campbell (, Coordinator of the TELL program, as early as possible before applying to have unofficial transcripts reviewed against the liberal arts requirements. This allows more time to enroll in needed courses.

Distribution Courses

Students in the 40 credit program strand (without an existing certification) must have completed, or need to complete, one appropriate college level course in each of the areas below, each with C grade or better:

  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Artistic Expression
  • Humanities other than history or artistic expression
  • History
  • Social science other than history or psychology

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications to the master’s program in Teaching English Language Learners is January 15, to coincide with the application deadline for School of Education scholarships. Qualified applicants will be considered for admission on a rolling basis after this date if space is available.

For general information about graduate admissions and study, please contact Speranza Migliore at or 315-443-2505.

Ready to apply?

Syracuse University Graduate School Application