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Welcome to Graduate Admission at The School of Education.

 This page will provide detailed information regarding the online application process.  

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission application and $70 nonrefundable application fee, prospective students should submit:

  1. Official Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
  2. Copy of Certification (If you presently possess New York State Initial or Professional Teaching Certification)
  3. GRE is required only for the Ph.D. in Literacy.
  4. Resume and letters of recommendation requirements vary by program; please view your application checklist or contact [email protected] for specific requirements.
  5. Personal Statement of Goals (300-350 Words) *Except for Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, which requires two essays and the Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision, which has specific prompts. Please see below for more information on those two essay requirements.

Additional Requirements for International Students

All international students must follow the requirements for graduate applicants outlined above. In addition, international students must also note the following:

  1. Application Deadline - All students living outside the United States who require a student visa are encouraged to provide completed applications (including all supporting materials) by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. However, applicants must first adhere to any specific deadlines for their intended program of study, as noted in the graduate bulletin provided.
  2. English Proficiency Examination - Applicants who have not completed a degree from our English language-exempt countries must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson PTE exam. 
  3. Foreign Credit Evaluation - Applicants with credits completed outside of the United States must have a course-by-course foreign credit evaluation with grade point average calculation completed by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member.

Essay Prompts

Please complete the following essay prompts for your application.  Each should be two pages, double spaced.  The document can be uploaded on the student status page of the application once you submit the application.

Essay Prompts

Admissions Essay #1 (Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction Applicants): Select one line, sentence, or phrase from our mission statement (below) and write your response to it.

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is a journey of profound personal and professional discovery. The program is individualized to Ph.D. candidates, responsive to communities, built upon the philosophy that students are agents of their own learning, and committed to fostering a symbiotic relationship between research and community. This Ph.D. program distinguishes itself by a commitment to scholarship that is devoted to critical issues related to teaching and learning. Candidates will develop collaborative explorations and employ multiple research and disciplinary lenses to understand and address local and global educational needs by working with and for the people and communities studied. 

Admissions Essay #2 (Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction Applicants) Tell us a story about a specific turning point in any stage of your life that illustrates your perspective on learning.

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Professional Statement of Purpose 

Applicants must submit a professional statement of purpose. This is a formal statement that helps the admission committee better understand your academic objectives and leadership goals, and convince them that you will be successful in the program. Write technically, using APA style. It should be between two and four pages (using Times New Roman font, double-spaced), and organized as follows: 

PART 1: An introductory statement that demonstrates your passion for the field and includes your interests and motivation 

Tell us what you are interested in, and perhaps, what sparked your desire for graduate study. Why is this the ideal time for you to pursue this degree? This should be short and to the point; do not write an autobiography. 

PART 2: Description of your professional background in education, with a focus on leadership 

Briefly discuss your work experience, especially any opportunities that are related to educational leadership and administration. How did these experiences influence your career goal? 

PART 3: Description of your academic background in the field 

How have your academic choices impacted your work and skills? Include prior research, recognized strengths, and accolades you received in your programs or courses. You can describe important papers or a project you completed, as well as anything scholarly beyond your curricular requirements. 

PART 4: Explanation of why you are applying to St. John’s Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership 

Explain what you would like to study in graduate school in enough detail to convince the admission committee that you understand the discipline and are engaged with current issues and research in education. Indicate your area of interest and explain what you would like to study. You may choose to pose a question, define a problem, or indicate a theme that you would like to address. Look on the web for information about the program, faculty, and their research. Are there professors whose research interests parallel yours? If so, indicate this. 

PART 5: (OPTIONAL) Supplemental Information

 If there is anything else you would like the admission committee to know about you that was not covered in previous sections, please include it here. 

PART 6: Conclusion 

End your statement in a positive manner, indicating your excitement and readiness for the challenges that lie ahead. 

Professional Statement of Purpose 

Additional Suggestions: 

  1. Consider what the admission committee will read between the lines: self-motivation, competence, an understanding of the program, a desire to pursue a career as an educational leader, and your potential as a graduate student. 
  2. Emphasize everything from a positive perspective and write in an active, not a passive, voice. 
  3. Demonstrate everything by example. It is more effective to provide an example of your persistence than to say it directly. 
  4. Briefly discuss if there is something that happened to you that negatively affected your grades or career, such as poverty, illness, or excessive work. Write it affirmatively, showing your perseverance despite obstacles. 
  5. Make sure everything is linked with continuity and focus. 
  6. Be concise.

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For Further Information

Office of Graduate Admission

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Phone: 718-990-1601
[email protected]