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How to Apply

Getting Started

Create an account with our online admissions system today. This will allow you to complete an application for graduate programs in the School of Education—or start one and save your progress if you need to finish it later. You’ll use this application for graduate degree, teacher certification, and approval/endorsement programs.

(You can also request more information about our programs if you're not quite ready to apply.)

If you’ve already started an online application, you can log back into the system to complete it.

Admission to graduate programs in the School of Education is granted throughout the year. There are no strict application deadlines, but we encourage you to apply well in advance of the term during which you wish to start. Our cohort programs (master of arts in educational leadership and master of arts in teaching with certification/licensure) have specific start dates for each class group, though other programs may allow you to begin at any time during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

Admission Requirements

Some of the graduate education programs have specific admission requirements that will also help students meet the Illinois state certification/licensure requirements upon completion of their program.

All graduate education, teacher certification, and approval/endorsement candidates will need the following:

  1. A completed online application
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, generally with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Names and contact information for three individuals who can provide professional letters of recommendation on your behalf
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, sent directly to North Park University:

North Park University Admissions
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 19
Chicago IL 60625

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GPA Requirement

Generally, only students with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work will be considered for admission to master’s degree and teacher certification/licensure programs in the School of Education. However, candidates with lower GPAs may be considered if they submit strong GRE or MAT exam scores. Request more information about this requirement.

Admissions Interview

Candidates for graduate or teacher certification/licensure programs may be required to complete an interview with a School of Education admissions committee. Your recruiter will discuss this with you as needed.

International Students

The State of Illinois requires candidates for teacher certification/licensure to be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. However, international students are still invited to complete a graduate degree in education, such as the MAE. In addition to the requirements listed above, international degree-seeking students must also provide the following:

  1. An official transcript evaluation performed by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. This evaluation should be a course-by-course report.
  2. A certificate of finance and affidavit of support
  3. Copies of your passport and, if available, your visa and current I-20
  4. Immunization record
  5. An official TOEFL score in compliance with North Park University’s English Proficiency Requirement.

North Park does not offer teaching assistantships or fellowships. However, international students are eligible to receive North Park scholarships.

Admissions Decisions

Your application will be reviewed by an admissions committee after all materials have been received by the University. You will be informed of the committee's decision within two weeks of completing your application by both U.S. Mail and by either phone or email. All documents submitted become the property of North Park University and cannot be returned to you at any time.