Students must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and receive an acceptable score on the GRE. The criterion for admission to the Graduate School includes an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale. Apply online for admission to the Graduate School.

After receiving admission to the Graduate School, the CIED Ed.S. Admissions Committee examines applications of potential candidates for admission to the graduate program. After admission to the Graduate School, the application is reviewed by the Curriculum and Instruction Ed.S. Admissions Committee for admission into the CIED Ed.S. Program. Admission is based on the profile of applicant educational background and career objectives. All students seeking admission must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Admission into the Graduate School
  • Completion of a master's degree or its equivalent in a related field. Transcripts will be required
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in previous graduate coursework before being admitted into the Educational Specialist Program
  • Submission of acceptable GRE score
  • Evidence of two years of successful, full-time professional experience, or equivalent, in an area related to the student's academic goals.

Applicants denied admission may petition the Graduate Studies Committee for admission. The petition must include a majority recommendation of voting faculty as established by the program/department and a recommendation from the appropriate department head. Each petition will be considered on its own merits.

Upon acceptance to the CIED Educational Specialist program, the student is assigned an adviser. NOTE: The Ed.S. coursework can be completed completely online if the student's area of interest is special education or educational technology. Those who select other areas of interest must take some classes on the Fayetteville campus.

The admission procedure is the same for both online or on-campus courses. Admission to the Graduate School enables the graduate student to take classes in either setting.

After acceptance, the student should remain continuously enrolled in the program until completion. If circumstances arise where the student is absent from the program for greater than a two year period, re-admission to the Graduate School and Ed.S. program may be required and admission is not automatic. Students who have been previously enrolled in Graduate School, but who have not been enrolled within the preceding two years, should consult the Graduate Catalog for readmission requirements. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the department may ask for a written plan for degree completion.