The College of Education is a part of the University of Illinois Graduate College.  As such, you will apply to our program using the Graduate College application.  This online graduate application is part of the ApplyYourself Application Network. You will create a UserName and Password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our admissions staff.

Free Application

FreeApp is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at CIC universities like the University of Illinois. Through this program, prospective students can request a graduate application fee waiver for Ph.D. or master's programs. Applicants participating in the CIC FreeApp must meet the following criteria:

  • Be awarded a bachelor's degree by the August preceding enrollment in the graduate program
  • Apply for admission to a graduate degree program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident   
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)   
  • Have a serious intent to pursue an academic and/or research career

Interested students may register online at: CIC

For additional information contact the Graduate College Educational Equity Programs Office at: GradEEPrograms

When submitting your CIC Free Application, please indicate that you plan to apply to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completing the online CIC FreeApp, we ask that you visit our site at to apply online to your proposed program of study.

In this online application, there is a section regarding "Application Fee Waivers." In this section, please make sure to indicate that you have submitted a CIC Free Application. We will then approve your application fee waiver once we receive your name from the CIC. We will only contact you if your name does not appear on the CIC list once we are ready to officially admit you to the Graduate College. If you did not qualify we will request payment by check or money order prior to completing your official admission.

Criteria & Supporting Materials

Applicants, whether new, current or former Illinois undergraduate students, must submit the supporting application materials as listed below. All supporting materials should be uploaded directly into the online application.    

  • Personal Statement- A statement in which you provide evidence of how your professional experiences and prior academic work have focused your thinking toward the planned program of study. There is no length requirement for the personal statement (except for Teacher Leader Specialization, Educational Administration & Leadership, & School Executive Leadership--for these a statement of no less than 500 words is required).   
  • 3 Letters of Reference - From persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study.
  • Applicants for Educational Administration & Leadership must also complete the EAL Endorsement Information Form
  • Applicants for the College Teaching Minor must also complete the College Teaching Minor Application
  • Transcripts- At the time of application you are only required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the application; you do not need to provide any official transcripts unless our department specifically requests them.   Applicants must have earned at least a degree from an accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. GRE is not required for applying to the College of Education online programs--You can leave that that section blank in the online application.   
  • English Proficiency
Non-Degree Applicant

For admission as a non-degree student please complete the online graduate application through the ApplyYourself Application Network. You do not have to submit a personal statement or letters of reference. College transcripts are required. The application fee for a non-degree seeking student is only $15. Visit the Graduate College for detailed instructions for non-degree seeking students.

Domestic Applicant

To help you with the application process, here are some helpful links for:

International Applicant
Instructions for Re-Entry

Are you, or have you been, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? If so, please follow the re-entry instructions:

NOTE: If you are a former Illinois graduate student, you will not complete an online application. Instead, send all your documentation directly to the appropriate departmental contact in the Academic and Instruction Services Office (AISO) at the College of Education at Illinois.