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Admission Overview

 

Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements

University of Maryland Undergraduate Admissions information is available at: http://www.uga.umd.edu/

Admission information to the University of Maryland Special EducationTeacher Preparation Programs is available at:

http://education.umd.edu/CHSE/academics/degree_programs/Undergrad.html

For more information regarding the BS Program in Special Education, contact:
Office of Student Services
College of Education
1204 Benjamin Building
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742
Phone: 301.405.2364 or E-mail: ed-advising@umd.edu
Monday through Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm

General Graduate Program Requirements

Before initiating an application, please be sure you meet the University's general requirements.

In order to be considered for admission, the Graduate School at the University of Maryland has established a set of minimum admission criteria:

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must provide an official hard copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.

To be considered for admission to the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education at the University of Maryland, each applicant must submit an application and supplemental materials directly to the Graduate School by selecting the appropriate program code:

  • Counseling Psychology (COCP)
  • Higher Education (HIED)
  • International Education Policy (HIEP)
  • School Counseling (COSC)
  • School Psychology (COSP)
  • Special Education (EDSP)
  • Student Affairs (HISA)

A non-refundable $75 fee is required for each program to which you apply. Payment of your application fee must be made on-line in order for your application to be submitted. Your application will not be processed until you pay your application fee and it is authorized. The following link will take you to the Graduate School Website, http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/welcome/welcome.html

Master's of Arts (MA) and Master's of Education (MEd) Degrees

Faculty Advisor and Master's Program Plan

Upon admission, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. This assignment is made based on the student's stated interests and the research interest of the faculty member. A faculty advisor will assist in developing an initial program of study using the Master's Approved Program Plan.

The Master's Program Plan is an agreement about how the student will fulfill the course requirements for the master's program. It protects students from future changes in requirements and identifies any previous graduate course work that will be accepted for credit in the program. When the Master's Program Plan form is completed, it is signed by the student and the program advisor.

Comprehensive Examination

Some programs require a written comprehensive examination and if required, it is usually taken in the final semester of course work. Students should plan to discuss the development of his or her comprehensive examination with his or her advisor no later than the semester prior to the one in which the student plans to take the examination. See information on specific programs to determine if required.

Master's Thesis and Seminar Paper

All master's teacher education students in CHSE who do not write a master's thesis must write a seminar paper. A seminar paper may build on research or policy analysis papers written in courses taken during the Master's program in CHSE. However, the seminar paper must pursue topics that go beyond those addressed in these courses or examine issues addressed in previous work more fully. Students should write the seminar paper near the end of the program in order to draw upon previous studies in the program.

Doctoral Programs (PhD)

Faculty Advisor and Doctoral Program Plan

Upon admission, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. This assignment is made based on the student’s stated interests and the research interest of the faculty member. A faculty advisor will assist in developing an initial program of study using the Doctoral Program Plan.

The Doctoral Program Plan is an agreement about how the student will fulfill the course requirements for the Doctoral program. Program planning should serve as a contract between the student and his/her advisor/department. It protects students from future changes in requirements and identifies any previous graduate course work that will be accepted for credit in the program.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination may be required of doctoral students. The comprehensive examination is a series of examination questions, usually taken in the final semester of course work or after completion of the appropriate course work. A student may not take the comprehensive examination until an approved doctoral program plan is on file with the College.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy requires prior approval of your doctoral program plan of study, completion of coursework and successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Students must be advanced to candidacy within five years following admission to their doctoral program and at least six months before the date on which the doctoral degree is conferred. Students have four years after advancement to candidacy to complete their doctoral program, including the dissertation.

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