Admission to the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (FSEHD) master’s-level programs is determined by the quality of the total application. Applicants must submit the following to the FSEHD Office of Graduate Programs as a measure of their potential for success in graduate-level studies:
- A completed application along with a $50 nonrefundable fee.
- One copy of all official transcripts of each undergraduate and graduate record.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.00 may be admitted to degree candidacy upon submission of other evidence of academic potential.
- Three candidate reference forms with 3 accompanying letters of recommendation.
- Professional goals essay - application essay describing candidate’s commitment to special education, cultural awareness, collaboration and lifelong learning.
- Performance-based evaluation.
- An interview.
- Teaching certification
- The M.Ed. in early childhood special education requires eligibility for Rhode Island certification in early childhood education.
- The M.Ed. in elementary or secondary special education requires Rhode Island certification in elementary or secondary education or concurrent enrollment.
- The M.Ed. in exceptional learning needs (strands: autism, specialized study in special education) requires Rhode Island certification in special education.
- The M.Ed. in severe intellectual disabilities requires Rhode Island certification in early childhood, elementary or secondary education or concurrent enrollment in these programs.
- The M.Ed. in urban multicultural special education requires Rhode Island certification in special education or concurrent enrollment in a special education certification program.