The School of Education is pleased to announce that GRE (graduate record examination) and other standardized graduate admissions exams are now optional for all of our graduate programs. Minimum scores on these exams were previously required for admission to teacher preparation master’s degrees based on state laws passed in 2013. Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation on November 15, 2021 amending these laws and eliminating the GRE requirement.
“This news will allow disciplinary experts to consider prospective-teacher qualifications in a balanced, holistic way that will be more equitable for candidates from underrepresented groups,” says Interim Dean Kelly Chandler-Olcott. “We are really grateful for the change.”
Amie Redmond, senior assistant dean of academic and student services, added, “This news came at a time when we need a diverse teacher education population, and we are thrilled Governor Hochul endorsed what higher education institutions were asking for.”
This change makes the application process for prospective teacher preparation students easier and more affordable, as the cost of graduate admissions exams can often be a barrier to seeking graduate education and teaching certification. The GRE is now optional for all master’s, certificate, and doctoral programs in the School of Education.