Childhood Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 1-6) Checklist and Timeline
The Master of Science in Education is an accelerated 45-credit program designed for career changers or recent college graduates who have not completed formal preparation in education. This dual certification program provides teacher candidates with the pedagogical knowledge and skills to develop and deliver instruction in both general and special education at the childhood level (grades 1-6). Additionally, teacher candidates will fulfill the academic requirements for professional certification in both of these areas.
Summer: May 1
To be admitted into this program applicants must:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Have earned a 3.0 minimum undergraduate or 3.5 GPA
- Have fulfilled general education requirements needed for certification, including study in artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, history and social sciences, humanities, language other than English, scientific processes, mathematical processes, and written analysis and expression
- The following majors will have fulfilled the content core requirements for both certificate areas: Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, History, Spanish, English or an interdisciplinary major that combines any two of the aforementioned areas
Complete an Application
Submit your application
Applicants should send their official transcripts in sealed envelopes, from each college or university they have attended. All credentials from foreign institutions require a World Education Services (WES) evaluation.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation—one professional and one academic preferred.
References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.
Applicants should respond to the essay prompt listed on the application.
Standardized Test Scores
An official copy of your GRE or MAT test scores. Although test scores are not required for an admission decision, admitted students must submit test scores within the first semester of the program.
Test scores submitted must be less than five (5) years old.
On-site Interview and Writing Exam
All applicants must conduct an admission interview and complete an English essay exam with the program coordinator. No special preparation is required for this exam. Successful applicants will be contacted by the program coordinator.
Please note: International applicants to the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent will be required to submit additional documents. International applicants must submit a TOEFL or an IELTS score report. International students should score 80 or better on the TOEFL exam, or 6.5 or better on the IELTS.