Degree Program Admission
The graduate program in Education leads to a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree and offers three concentrations: General Education (which includes Secondary Education content areas), PK-4 Early Childhood Education, and Special Education. Candidates can also pursue teacher certification in an area completing the master’s degree. Courses taken for teacher certification are predominantly graduate level and are thus credited to the master’s degree, which makes Albright’s master’s program unique. It offers a master’s program with teacher certification embedded within it. At the same time, Albright welcomes candidates who currently work as teachers and are looking to pursue a master’s degree or an additional certificate.
For students who currently hold a teacher certification, the master’s program at Albright offers an individualized way of completing a master’s degree in a small college setting that allows for a more personal form of academic expression among one’s peers and instructors. Also, building upon and continuing Albright’s interdisciplinary arts tradition, the master’s degree includes a liberal arts strand of three courses. The program requires a minimum of 39 credits.
A student files her/his application with the Graduate Division early during the semester immediately preceding actual enrollment in graduate classes. The student may be granted degree program admission if s/he has a strong undergraduate academic record and appears to have potential for successful completion of a graduate program. Degree program admission is based on the following criteria:
- Completion of the baccalaureate degree at a regionally credited institution of higher education
- An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale (if student has below a 2.8, provisional status requirements must be met)
- Completion of an application for admission
- Submission of official transcripts
- Two letters of reference
- Submission of official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test or Miller Analogies Test
- Meeting with the Graduate Dean
Applicants seeking teacher certification must have met or be qualified to meet the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s certification requirements for teachers and must have completed the PRAXIS I (reading, writing, and math) examinations.
Provisional status allows students to enroll in graduate courses in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. A student may be granted provisional status if denied initial admission to the degree program, but specific requirements must be met before being granted full admission.
A student may be declared non-degree status if he decides to apply for graduate study but does not plan to work towards a graduate degree. This category usually includes students taking courses for professional development, for transfer to another institution, or for maintaining certification in their field (e.g., compliance with Act 48). Applicants for non-degree status are required to verify receipt of a baccalaureate degree.
Albright College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service and employment programs of the College. Student concerns should be directed to Tiffenia Archie, Assistant Dean, 610-921-7662. Faculty, staff and student employee concerns should be directed to the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Coordinator, at 610-921-7629.