General Admission Requirements

Please read through the instructions below before filling out the online application. 

The admission process begins once the applicant's file is complete. Students applying for non-degree or student-at-large status will have their credentials reviewed by the graduate admission office. Students-at-large must include a letter of authorization from the Dean of the Graduate School where they are enrolled indicating, in general terms, what course or courses the student is authorized to take. 

All applicants are required to possess:
 
  • A conferred bachelor's degree from an accredited institution 
  • Evidence of adequate background for the selected program to which you are applying 
  • One official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Resume 
All application materials, including a completed College of Education application for graduate admission, the $40 application fee, should be mailed to: 

DePaul University 
College of Education 
Office of Graduate Admission 
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60614
 

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, here are the program-specific admission requirements for each graduate program in the College of Education:

Bilingual-Bicultural Education (MA, MEd)
Counseling: College Student Development (MA, MEd)
Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA, MEd)
Counseling: School Counseling (MA, MEd)
Curriculum Studies (MA, MEd)
Curriculum Studies, EdD
Dual Certification: Special Education/Elementary Education (MA, MEd)
Early Childhood Education (MA, MEd)
Early Childhood Education, EdD
Educational Leadership (MA, MEd)
Educational Leadership, EdD 
Elementary Education (MA, MEd)
Middle School Mathematics Education, MS
Reading Specialist (MA, MEd)
Secondary Education (MA, MEd)
Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, MA
Special Education (MA, MEd)
World Language Education (MA, MEd)

Bilingual-Bicultural Education, MA, MEd
 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words). 
Counseling: College Student Development, MA, MEd 
Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA, MEd 
Counseling: School Counseling, MA, MEd 
 
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a professor addressing your academic ability, one from a work supervisor and the third from either another professor or supervisor. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Personal statement: Please answer all of the following questions. Your entire response should not exceed 1,500 words or approximately 300 words per question.
  1. Discuss why you want to enter the counseling field. Demonstrate in your response that you have researched the field and have a basic understanding of what counseling professionals do.
  2. Given what you have researched about the profession, discuss your short-term and long-term goals should you eventually graduate from our program. Integrate into your response why DePaul's counseling program will help you achieve your goals.
  3. Discuss why self-awareness, self-reflection and self-care are important skills for counselors. Explain ways in which you would attend to all of these should you be a student in our program.
  4. Explain how your personal values and ethical beliefs will be an asset to you as a future counselor and explain any challenges you may face in future practice. Provide concrete examples from your personal or professional life to help illustrate your points.
  5. Discuss your understanding of "multicultural proficiency" and "social justice". Explain how you believe these play a role in the work of counseling professionals as well as how these fit with your own beliefs and values. Provide concrete examples from your personal and professional life to help illustrate your points.
Curriculum Studies, MA, MEd 

  • Two years of successful teaching, pupil personnel work or other appropriate work experience. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Personal statement: Describe your accomplishments since receiving your bachelor's degree. Please communicate your ultimate career goals and indicate which curriculum studies concentration you would like to pursue (remember that we also have an individually designed concentration option)
Dual Certification: Special Education/Elementary Education, MA, MEd
  
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from persons familiar with your academic work. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • A writing sample (e.g. a term paper, seminar paper, or senior thesis or portion thereof). 
  • Personal statement: Indicate your reasons for wanting to enter the program and your future goals. 
Early Childhood Education, MA, MEd
 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Personal statement: Please briefly explain your reasons for wanting to become a certified educator of young children (i.e. birth through third grade.) In your rationale, include how you envision working with young children, their families, and their communities. Use any specific experiences or events that have shaped your thinking to clarify or illustrate your points. 
Educational Leadership, MA, MEd

  • Two years of successful teaching or other appropriate work experience (required for the Type 75 Certificate)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Evidence of adequate background for the program
  • ​Personal statement: Your statement should be a typed, double-spaced document and should be between two to four pages, and should adhere to the following guidelines: Reflecting on the College of Education's conceptual framework, please describe your goals and how it relates to your interest in the educational leadership program and what assumptions, thoughts and conclusions have you developed regarding working in this urban context and what evidence from your own experiences, interests and skills support these thoughts and conclusions? In writing about an issue in urban education, many applicants will consider issues of diversity, socio-economics, equity and reform as relevant. Please also describe what role(s) you have played and/or wish to play as an educational leader in the future.
Find additional information on our conceptual framework.

If you are applying for the Type 75 Certification Only (online or on campus), you must have a master's degree and two years of full-time teaching or school service personnel experience. To apply please submit the following additional items:

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors
  • A statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experiences (750 words)
Elementary Education, MA, MEd
 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations 
  • Personal statement: State reasons for wanting to enter the elementary or middle school program at DePaul University and speak to your potential for becoming a teacher. 
Middle School Mathematics Education, MS
 
  • Proof of a valid elementary or secondary Illinois teaching certificate and be actively working in an educational setting
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a colleague speaking to your ability to work with others, your commitment to the goals of the program, and one from a school or district administrator attesting to your ability as an educator. Guidelines for Recommendations 
  • Statement of purpose that describes yourself as a mathematics learner and your long-term career goals. Address a time when you felt you were most and least effective as a mathematics teacher and what happened to students in both scenarios. 
  • Resume (showing evidence of adequate background for the program) 
  • MSME Supplemental Application Form 
Reading Specialist, MA, MEd 

  • One year of successful teaching experience. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations 
  • Personal statement: Discuss your future goals and your thoughts about what a Reading Specialist can contribute to a school? As part of your statement please consider the following: the possible tasks/roles of a Reading Specialist are multiple and include classroom reading instruction, specialized instruction for students with reading difficulties, providing reading enrichment, staff development, and reading curriculum development. From your perspective rank order the tasks/roles and discuss your rationale for the top roles. 
Secondary Education, MA, MEd 

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations 
  • Personal statement: State your reasons for wanting to become a middle school or secondary educator, and speak to your potential for becoming a teacher. 
Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, MA 

  • Three academic letters of recommendation. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • A writing sample (e.g. a term paper, seminar paper, or senior thesis or portion thereof). 
  • Personal statement: Indicate your reasons for wanting to enter the program and what you have accomplished since receiving a bachelor's degree.
Special Education, MA, MEd
 
  • One year of successful teaching experience
  • Proof of valid Illinois Teaching Certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Personal statement: Discuss your future goals and your thoughts about your career as a special educator. As part of your statement please consider the following: the possible tasks/roles of a special education teacher are multiple and include inclusion specialist, team teacher with general educators, specialized instruction for exceptional students, advocate for exceptional students, multiculturalist and provider of staff development. From your perspective, rank order the tasks/roles and discuss your rationale for the top roles. 
World Language Education, MA, MEd
 
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor or employer. Guidelines for Recommendations
  • Personal statement: A brief statement of purpose which explains your reasons for wanting to become an educator and discuss your potential for becoming a teacher.
Curriculum Studies, EdD 
Early Childhood Education, EdD 
Educational Leadership, EdD 

For these programs, successful applicants: 

  • Are willing and able to make the necessary commitment of time to the program. 
  • Are likely to be successful in a challenging doctoral program. 
  • Welcome the opportunity to interact with university faculty, peers, and colleagues in a search for effective answers to troubling problems in education.
The admission process reflects and enacts the principles and values of the program regarding engagement, reflection, the exercise of agency, working for change, and a commitment to professional development and learning. To do this, it includes the following components: 

  • Register for an information session.​ Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session as part of the application process. This session covers the philosophical framework of the program, its values, and its expectations. Other activities to help potential applicants to make an informed decision about applying include dialogue with current students and faculty. 
  • A personal statement (approximately 3 pages) in which the applicant discusses why he or she is interested in further study and articulates an issue or problem of interest or concern.
  • A writing sample, preferably a course paper from the applicant's master's program. Alternatively, applicants can write a short (3-5 pages​) academic response to readings provided (upon request) by the doctoral program. 
  • A conversational interview with two or three faculty which will provide an opportunity for candidates to become familiar with the program and the faculty, as well as an opportunity for faculty members to get to know prospective candidates. Applicants living outside of the Chicago area will engage in an appropriate, reciprocal substitute for this dialogue. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from faculty in the applicant's master's program. Guidelines for Recommendations 
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Transcripts should show completion of a master's degree from an accredited institution and a grade point average of a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae. Applicants must provide evidence of having experience in an educational role and solid demonstration of leadership or leadership ability.
  • A completed College of Education graduate application and $40 application fee
  • GRE scores are required, although they are not a major influence in admission decisions. We believe that they do not necessarily determine success in doctoral programs, but they help to gain a holistic view of the applicant.

Guidelines for Recommendations

The College of Education does not provide a recommendation form. The format and structure is left to the discretion of the recommender within the parameters discussed below. The only requirement is that the recommender provides contact information (i.e., address, phone, e-mail, and signature) with the recommendation. 

Recommendations should be frank and detailed and should indicate how long and under what circumstances the recommender has known the applicant (e.g., student, assistant, advisee, employee, personal, etc.). A recommendation is most helpful when it provides specific information concerning the applicant's:

  • Intelligence and independence of thought 
  • Special interests and motivations 
  • Personal qualities which may distinguish this applicant from other applicants 
  • Overall promise 
  • Performance related to her or his suitability for graduate study beyond that which is available on college transcripts and employment records 
  • Performance related to his or her ability to work effectively in urban, multicultural environments 
  • Performance related to her or his professionalism and appreciation of life-long learning

Information For International Students

Learn more about graduate admission information for international students. 

Graduate Admission Office

All application materials, including the $40 application fee, should be mailed to:

DePaul University 
College of Education 
Office of Graduate Admission 
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact Us

If you need more admission information, visit the College of Education website or contact us:

  1. Online: Complete the Contact Us form 
  2. E-mail: Send an e-mail message to edgradadmissions@depaul.edu
  3. Call: (773) 325-4405 or toll free 1-800-4DEPAUL (outside Illinois) ​
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