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Education Graduate Studies Office 
Room 4278 
W. W. Wright Education Building 
201 North Rose Avenue 
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006 
(812) 856-8504    Fax (812) 856-8505 
Office of Graduate Studies 

Education/Social Work Building (ES) 3137
902 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-6801

Admission to Graduate Programs

The following table indicates all graduate degree programs in the School of Education offered on the Bloomington and/or IUPUI campuses. Graduate licensure (certification) programs are listed in the section entitled “Licensure and Endorsement.”

Program Areas and Degrees Offered
Adult Education: M.S. (IUPUI only)

Instructional Systems Technology: M.S., Ed.S.††, Ph.D.

Language Education: M.S.,* Ed.S.††, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction: Ed.D., Ph.D.

Art Education: M.S., Ph.D.†
Elementary Education: M.S.,* Ed.S.††, Ph.D.†
Secondary Education/Math/Science: M.S.,* Ed.S.††, Ph.D.†
Social Studies Education: M.S., Ph.D.†
Special Education: M.S.,* Ed.S.< sup>, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Counseling and Counselor Education: M.S.,* Ed.S.
Counseling Psychology: Ph.D.
Educational Psychology: M.S., Ph.D.
School Psychology: Ed.S., Ph.D.

Higher Education: M.S., Ed.D., Ph.D.
History, Philosophy, and Policy Studies: M.S., Ph.D.
International and Comparative Education: M.S.
Educational Leadership: M.S.,* Ed.S., Ed.D.
Student Affairs Administration: M.S.

*The M.S. degree is also offered at the IUPUI campus.
†Ph.D. in this specialization area is granted through the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program.
††Tracks in the Ed.S. in Education degree program.

Application Procedures

Admission Process Enrollment in Classes

Application Procedures

There are significant differences between the application procedures for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and those for international students. Please read the general instructions together with the specific instructions relevant to your application.

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General Instructions

These are the required components for applications to graduate degree and licensure programs.
  1. Completed application form, either on paper or, for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only, on the World Wide Web. See “World Wide Web Applications” below.
  2. Sealed and signed envelopes containing letters of recommendation. See “Letters of Recommendation” below.
  3. Personal goal statement explaining academic and career objectives. See “Personal Goal Statement” below.
  4. Official transcripts from the institutions of higher learning attended. See “Transcripts” below.
  5. Application fee.
  6. Graduate Record Examination scores. See “GRE General Test” below.
Apart from GRE and TOEFL scores, which are sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Service, all components of the application should be sent at the same time, otherwise the processing of the application will be delayed. Applications must be submi tted to the campus at which the degree is awarded. Application is accepted to only one graduate degree program at a time.

Applications to all doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) and specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs must be submitted to the Bloomington campus. Some master’s and licensure programs are offered at both Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, some at Bloomington only, an d one at Indianapolis only. Application to a graduate licensure program and to a graduate degree program may be combined.

Certain programs have application requirements in addition to those listed above. Most doctoral and specialist programs and some master’s programs require a personal or telephone interview with department faculty. The Student Affairs Administration Progra m requires applicants to obtain a graduate assistantship as a condition for admission. Occasionally, scholarly writing samples (e.g., term papers) are requested prior to an admission decision. Some programs (e.g., higher education and special education) r equire work experience prior to admission. Certain doctoral programs require completion of a master’s degree prior to admission.

Once an application is received, either on paper or over the Web, the applicant will be provided with a user ID and password. This will allow the applicant to check the status of the application online at www.in diana.edu/~educate/. Applicants who do not have access to the Web and wish to check the status of their application may e-mail educate@indiana.edu or call (812) 856-8504 (Bloomington) or (317) 274-6868 (Indiana polis). Applicants who submit paper applications will receive a letter from the Office of Graduate Studies containing the ID number and password, confirming receipt of the application, and listing any missing portions of the application.

All our information, including program details and course offerings, can be accessed at the Web site: www.indiana.edu/~educate/.

Letters of Recommendation
Normally, applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Three letters are required for application to the Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Counseling and Counselor Education, and Counseling Psychology programs. Letters of reco mmendation are not required in some licensure programs. However, two letters are required for licensure programs in Educational Leadership and Special Education, and three letters are required for licensure programs in Counseling and Counselor Education a nd School Psychology.

Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who can comment from personal knowledge on the applicant’s academic or professional qualifications for graduate study. Whenever possible, letters of recommendation should be submitted from academic so urces. If, however, you have been out of school for a number of years, you may substitute professional references. Recommenders should use institution or company letterhead and include the applicant’s name and, if available, social security number. Each r ecommender must enclose the letter in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and return the envelope to the applicant, so that it can be sent together with the application. Should the recommender prefer to send the letter directly to our office, he or s he may do so. Unsigned envelopes with reference letters cannot be accepted.

Personal Goal Statement
On a separate sheet of paper, you should write a brief statement, of at most 500 words, describing your background, work experience, plans for graduate study and professional career, and providing other relevant information. The personal goal statement is an important part of the application review process, so you should take care to produce a carefully planned and written statement. We ask that personal goal statements not be handwritten.

Applicants must send official transcripts from each institution of higher learning attended, except Indiana University, or they must make arrangements for official transcripts to be sent. Please send only one transcript per institution. Unconditional admi ssion cannot be granted until the official transcript has been received showing the date the bachelor’s degree was conferred.

GRE General Test
Applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude test scores. The GRE advanced tests and subject tests are not required. Application to licensure programs does not require GRE scores, with the exception of the counselin g licensure program, provided that the applicant has not obtained a master’s degree from Indiana University. An official copy of the GRE scores, sent directly from Educational Testing Service, is required. The test must have been taken within five years p rior to application. The code 1313 must be used when sending GRE scores to our office.

The GRE is given only in a computer-based format and is available for persons with currently documented disabilities. For information on the GRE and application forms, contact the Educational Testing Service at 1-800-537-3160, or P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6000. Applicants can obtain GRE information and application forms at the Office of Graduate Studies, Bloomington, or at the Office of Student Services, Indianapolis. Information and applications are also available at www.gre.org/ on the GRE Web site. For general information, call 1-800-GRE-CALL; for TTY call (609) 734-9362.

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Applications for graduate degree or licensure programs can be obtained either from the Office of Graduate Studies, W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 4070, 201 N. Rose Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006; (812) 856-8504; TDD (812) 856-8566 or from the Of fice of Student Services, Education/Social Work Building 3131, 902 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5155; (317) 274-0645.

Applicants should submit application fees, which are nonrefundable, to the Indiana University Office of the Bursar in the form of a check or money order. Currently, the application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents is $45 at Bloomington and $3 5 at Indianapolis. The amount of the application fee is subject to change. Applications cannot be processed until the application fee is paid in full.

World Wide Web Applications
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents only, the simplest and fastest way to apply to the Office of Graduate Studies may be at www.indiana.edu/~educate/admiss.html on the Web. Once you have completed t he online portion of the application, please send letters of recommendation and transcripts to our office in the same manner described in “General Instructions” above.

For International Students
International applicants to graduate education programs at Bloomington must apply through the Office of International Admissions, 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-7707; (812) 855-4306. Questions can be emailed to the Bloomington Office of Inter national Admissions at intladm@indiana.edu. The Office of International Admissions at Bloomington also has a downloadable application on its Web site at www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit/.

Those wishing to apply to graduate programs at Indianapolis must apply through the International Student Services Office, Union Building 574, 620 Union Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2897; (317) 274-7294.

The application must be submitted together with the application fee. The fee for international student applications is currently $45 at Bloomington and $55 at Indianapolis. The amount of the fee is subject to change.

Prospective students must demonstrate a level of English proficiency adequate for graduate study. In addition to the general application requirements, international applicants whose first language is not English must submit recent scores on the Test of En glish as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the written version or 213 for the computer version is ordinarily required for admission to graduate programs. Official TOEFL test scores must be sent by the testing centers directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. For TOEFL tests, the Educational Testing Service’s assigned code for the Office of Graduate Studies at Indiana University is 1313.

The TOEFL is administered by Education Testing Service once each month at locations throughout the world. Information about registering to take the TOEFL may be obtained from Education Testing Service at www.toefl.org and from the international student of fices listed above.

English Language Placement Test
International students whose first language is not English must also take an Indiana University English language placement test. This test must be taken upon arrival at Indiana University and before initial registration. Diagnostic results from this test are used to prescribe specific English language courses to remediate weaknesses in English skills necessary for graduate-level study. International students who meet other admission criteria are admitted conditionally and their enrollment in graduate cour se work may be prohibited or restricted until English language deficiencies are remediated.

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Admission Criteria

The School of Education employs the following criteria for admission to graduate programs:

  1. A baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree, requiring four years of full-time study, or equivalent, from a college or university holding full regional or national accreditation is required for admission to all graduate programs. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an institution holding only state accreditation may be granted conditional admission if their other application credentials are strong. Applicants in the last semester of a four-year undergraduate program may be granted conditional admission u ntil such time as a baccalaureate degree has been awarded.
  2. The minimum acceptable undergraduate grade point average (GPA) varies from program to program. All licensure programs require a GPA of 2.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Some programs require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 0 or higher in the last 60 credit hours. Other programs require a GPA of 3.00 in all undergraduate course work. Exceptions are made when undergraduate course work is judged to have been especially rigorous, and when other application credentials are very strong. Undergraduate grades are weighted heavily in admission to graduate programs since grading in graduate courses is almost universally high.
  3. Most master’s and specialist programs require applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.30 in graduate course work taken prior to application. Doctoral programs usually require a minimum GPA of 3.50 in prior graduate course work. Applicants to licensure p rograms must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.00 in graduate course work. Individual judgments are made about the rigor of grading in the graduate work presented.
  4. Letters of recommendation must document academic and scholarly performance, strong social and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and moral character. Letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know the applicant’s academic and intellectual skills are preferred. Letters from employers and others who know the applicant’s work habits and character are also acceptable.
  5. Students admitted to doctoral programs in education typically must have a total GRE score above 1500. Specialist and most master’s programs require a total GRE score of 1300 or above for admission. Curriculum and Instruction master’s applicants with a n undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are not required to take the GRE exam. However, if these students switch to another program or apply to an Ed.S., Ed.D. or Ph.D. program they will be required to take the GRE. The test must have been taken within five years prior to application.
  6. The applicant’s personal goal statement must specify academic and career goals compatible with the training goals of the program to which application has been made.
  7. Applicants are invited to provide a brief resume and a short professional statement documenting work or life experience, or professional skills and competencies they believe relevant to their future academic work at Indiana University and which may im prove their case for admission.
  8. Admission to all graduate programs is subject to availability of space. Program faculty size, the number of students already in a program, and the number of new applicants all affect selection ratios in a given year.
  9. The policy of Indiana University prohibits the use of the following characteristics in selecting students to graduate programs: age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, socioeconomic class, country of birth, physical han dicap.

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Admission Process

Application Deadlines for Domestic Students

To ensure full consideration for financial support and because some programs limit the numbers of students they accept each year, early application is strongly recommended. Applications submitted by January 15 will automatically be considered for universi ty, School of Education and departmental fellowships, assistantships and fee scholarships. (See the chapter entitled “Financial Support.”) It should be noted that most fellowships, assistantships and fee scholarships are awarded to doctoral students only. However, the School of Education maintains a rolling admission policy, processing applications until the final deadline (for fall admission) of June 1, except for the programs listed in the table below. Applicants for fall admission should be aware that chances for financial support can diminish markedly if an application is received later than January 15.

Indianapolis Programs May 1 November 1 March 1
Bloomington Programs
Counseling M.S. April 1* November 1 June 15
Counseling Ph.D. January 15 None None
Educational Psychology Ph.D. January 15 None None
School Psychology January 15 None None
Student Affairs Administration February 1 November 1 March 1
All Other Programs June 1** November 1 March 1
* Most positions in the Bloomington master’s program in counseling are filled following the April 1 deadline. Late counseling master’s applications for fall matriculation are reviewed after June 15.

** January 15 is the deadline for full consideration for financial assistance.

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Application Deadlines for International Students

International applicants must submit their application to the Office of International Admissions, as described in “Application Procedure for International Students,” above. Applicants are advised to submit all application materials well in advance of the final deadlines. All applications for Ph.D. programs for summer or fall admission must be received by the Office of International Admissions by December 15. Application deadline for fall admission to all other graduate degree programs is March 1 , except for Educational Psychology and Student Affairs Administration, which is January 1. Applications for spring admission must be received by September 1.

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Admission Decisions

It is crucial that each applicant submit a complete application file. No application for admission can be considered by a department until all supporting materials are received, including transcripts, letters of recommendations, GRE scores, and, fo r students whose first language is not English, TOEFL scores. Applications are held by the Office of Graduate Studies and are not forwarded to departments for admission decisions until all required documents are assembled. Only then are applications revie wed by faculty members in the relevant department or program area. U.S. citizens who have completed an online application can check the status of their application at www.indiana.edu/~educate/

For applications to Bloomington programs, departments and program areas (after reviewing applications) make their admission recommendations to the associate dean for graduate studies. Once an admission decision has been approved by the associate dean, the applicant receives an official letter indicating admission action. For applications to Indianapolis programs, program area faculty committees make admission recommendations to the director of student services, who sends each applicant a letter indicating admission action.

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Admission Categories

  1. Unconditional admission.
    This is a full or nonprobationary admission status. This status indicates that the applicant has met all essential admission requirements. This admission status is valid for two years. If an admittee fails to matriculate within this time, the admission st atus is terminated.
  2. Conditional admission.
    This is a probationary admission status. This status is awarded when all required application materials have been received and the applicant meets most, but not all, admission criteria. A set of conditions is specified (e.g., student must earn a minimum g rade point average over a specific set of courses). Conditional admission status is valid for the period indicated in the condition, but no longer than one year. If the condition is met, unconditional admission is granted. If the condition is not met, adm ission status is terminated. Students may not graduate from a degree program unless they have achieved unconditional admission status.
  3. Denied admission.
    Applicants who are denied admission to a degree or licensure program may reapply, or they may apply for admission to another graduate program. Applicants denied admission to a program may not take course work in that program area without the written permi ssion of the department chair.
  4. Interim admission.
    This is a temporary admission status used to allow persons who seek admission to graduate degree or licensure programs, but whose applications are not complete, to enroll for one semester while their application is being completed. An application for a gr aduate degree or licensure program must have been received by the Office of Graduate Studies (Bloomington) or the Office of Student Services (Indianapolis) in order for an applicant to be eligible for interim admission status. Interim status may be grante d only if evaluation of available application credentials indicates that the applicant is probably admissible. The department chair or the head of the program to which a person applied must recommend interim admission. This request must be approved by the associate dean for graduate studies (Bloomington) or the director of Student Services (Indianapolis). Interim admission is restricted to one semester or two summer sessions. International students are not eligible for interim admission.
Special Student Status
Special student status is awarded to persons wishing to take a limited number of credit hours for personal or professional development. This includes those wishing to take courses for personal enjoyment, those seeking to renew a teaching license, those wi shing to add an endorsement to a teaching license, and visiting graduate students from other universities. Students who seek admission to a graduate degree program or a graduate licensure program are not eligible for special student status. Course enrollm ent in this status is limited to 15 credit hours or one year, whichever comes first. This status is renewable through reapplication.

Credit hours earned during special student status may or may not be counted in graduate programs. The department chair or program head and the associate dean of graduate studies must approve the inclusion of courses taken during special student status in degree and licensure programs. Such approval may be granted only after the student has been admitted to a graduate program. The maximum number of credit hours earned during special student status that may be used in a degree program is 15. Applications fo r special student status may be made to the Office of Teacher Education, Education 1000, Bloomington (812) 856-8500 or Education/Social Work 3131, Indianapolis (317) 274-6868.

Distance Education
The School of Education Distance Education program offers beginning and experienced educators fully accredited coursework delivered via the Internet and two-way interactive video. Topics range widely across the elementary and secondary curricula, offering graduate-level credit that will help meet certification and recertification requirements in school districts across the country and around the world, as well as potentially become part of a master’s or a doctoral program. (See, for example, the master’s program in Instructional Systems Technology and in Language Education, and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.) Students participating in distance education courses do not need to be Indiana University students.

Two-way interactive video courses are offered to Indiana residents only. These courses link students at various sites in Indiana, who are able to see and talk to each other and to the instructor. Students must be present at a specially equipped classroom and at a specific time for these courses.

Online or Web-based courses are conducted entirely via email and the Internet. Students with email and Internet access may read and reply to course material on their own schedules, as long as work is completed by designated times.

All distance education courses follow the semester timeline, beginning and ending at the same time as traditional classes. Fees for interactive video courses are the same as for traditional courses. Fees for online courses currently are the in-state tuiti on plus $25 per credit hour (subject to change). Students may register for both types of courses online at www.indiana.edu/~disted/.

For frequently asked questions, see www.indiana.edu/~disted/faq.html. For specific questions send an email to deregstr@indiana.edu.

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Enrollment in Classes

Registration Procedure

Students admitted to the Bloomington campus before July for fall matriculation will be sent a current Schedule of Classes by the university registrar. Students admitted after July and students admitted for matriculation in the spring or summer seme sters will receive a Schedule of Classes during registration. Students admitted to IUPUI may pick up a Schedule of Classes from the Office of Student Services before or during registration. In addition, the Schedule of Classes may be purchased at Bloomington bookstores that sell college textbooks, including the IU Memorial Union bookstore, and at the IUPUI bookstore. The Schedule of Classes lists all courses to be taught in the subsequent term, with meeting times, meeting locat ions, and instructors. It also contains procedural information for registering and an official university calendar.

The very first step in the registration procedure for education students is to obtain a registration ticket from the Office of Graduate Studies, Education 4070 (Bloomington)or the Office of Student Services, Education/Social Work 3131( Indianapolis). A ll students wishing to enroll in graduate courses must have an admission status, either (a) unconditional, conditional, or interim admission to a graduate degree or licensure program, or (b) special student status.

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Auditing Courses

Students may register for courses on an audit basis. Audited courses are listed on the student’s transcript but carry no credit, and no grade is recorded. Students are not allowed to audit classes without registering as an auditor. The registration fee fo r auditing classes at Bloomington is currently $25 per credit hour. The registration fee for auditing classes at Indianapolis is the same as the fee for taking the class for credit.

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Temporary Intercampus Transfer

Students admitted to a program on one campus of Indiana University may take courses on other IU campuses. To take courses on another campus for one semester or summer session, a student must obtain a temporary intercampus transfer form, available at the O ffice of Graduate Studies on the campus at which the student was admitted.

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Changing Campuses

Students admitted to a master’s degree or licensure program who wish to be admitted to the counterpart program on another campus must request by letter that the Office of Teacher Education at the campus of origin send all transcripts, test scores, the goa l statement, and letters of recommendation to the destination campus. They must also send a letter to the graduate admission office at the destination campus requesting admission to the program of choice. In addition, they must submit a new application fo rm, since these forms are unique to each campus. This application will be processed as a new application for admission.

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Information about Housing

At the Bloomington campus most graduate students reside in university residence halls and apartments or in private houses and apartments in and around Bloomington. Information about university housing can be obtained from Halls of Residence, Indiana Unive rsity, 801 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-2107 (812-855-5601). At IUPUI there are few residence halls; most students commute from their homes within driving distance from the campus. For information about student housing at IUPUI, both on and off campus, contact the Department of Campus Housing, Ball Residence, 1226 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (317-274-7200). Information about private house and apartment rental at both campuses may also be found in telephone books, in the local new spapers, and from real estate management corporations.

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