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.  

Criteria & Supporting Materials

Applicants must submit the appropriate supporting application materials as listed below. All supporting materials should be uploaded directly into the online application or included with the Curriculum Change request form if the applicant is transferring departments or programs.  Please check with your department to determine the correct form if you are already a University of Illinois graduate student.        

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.  A minimum 500 words is required for the personal statement.  

Resume/Curriculum Vitae- This is required of all applicants.  For students applying to the Special Education doctoral program, a minimum of two years paid full-time professional experience related to special education or the field of disability is required for consideration for the program.

3 Letters of Reference - From persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study.

Transcripts- At the time of application you are only required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the application.  The unofficial copy can be a screenshot or scanned copy but should not be a photo of the transcript.  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.

Scholarly Writing Sample: required for applicants to doctoral programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology and Special Education; strongly recommended for doctoral applicants in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership.  The writing sample can be a masters thesis, research paper, or any other sample that demonstrates the applicant's ability to analyze and synthesize data.

Required Materials for all International Applicants:

Programs Requiring Specific Criteria:

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