Apply to the Graduate Education Programs

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All application materials must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions at:

Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Applications are reviewed once all of the required materials have been received. You can check the status of your application at the self-help center by simply logging back into the account that you created to submit your application. Additionally, you will be notified when your application has reached the Office of Graduate Admissions and which materials, if any, are outstanding.

It is your responsibility to ensure that missing documents are received prior to the stated admissions deadline. The Office of Graduate Admissions is not responsible for materials sent to other offices or personnel.

To apply to one of the graduate programs in our School of Education, start by selecting your program and start term from the options below:

Master of Arts in Teaching

U.S. Students
Fall 2014  


Application Start Date

Both the Elementary and Secondary MAT programs begin only in the fall semester. They are on a rolling admission schedule and applications are accepted throughout the year with a priority deadline of May 1. 

Application Deadline
All Applicants: Priority deadline of May 1.  

Admission Requirements
A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPA's below 2.67 will not be considered) 

Once all of your admission materials have been received, you will be invited in for a formal interview during which you are expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly; a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program.  During the interview, you will be asked to write an essay which will need to meet program standards.


Required Documents

  • Application: Complete the information required on the application form.    
  • Fee:  You will be asked to include a non-refundable application fee of $45 by credit or debit card when submitting your application. 
  • Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to send a transcript from the original university. These transcripts must be provided by the institutions in a sealed envelope.    
  • Evaluator Forms/Letters of Recommendation: You must have two professional references submitted from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of your suitability as a prospective educator.  Once you enter the recommenders' contact information on the application, they will automatically be emailed a form to complete and return to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Letter of Intent: You will be asked to upload a letter of intent discussing why you wish to pursue the MAT program and how a degree from Quinnipiac will assist you in your career goals.
  • Resume: You will be asked to include an up-to-date resume.
  • Official Test Scores:  An official PRAXIS I exam score (PPST's) or PRAXIS I waiver is required. 
  • Criminal Background Check: Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for field study, internship and student teaching. Because a clinical experience is an integral part of each semester, failure to abide by this law will make an applicant ineligible for admission to the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate. 


Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership


U.S. Students
Summer 2014
Fall 2014

Application Start Date
The Educational Leadership program begins in the fall, spring or summer semesters. The Educational Leadership program is on a rolling admission schedule and applications are accepted throughout the year. 

Application Deadline
Applicants are advised to submit their application by July 30 for the fall semester, April 30 for the summer semester and Dec. 15 for the spring semester. However, applications will be accepted up to the start of classes. Once all of your materials have been received, you will be contacted for an interview with the program director.

Admission Requirements
The sixth-year diploma in educational leadership program is open to applicants who:
  • Have a master's degree in education or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Maintained a graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Have four years of full-time teaching experience in a PK-12 setting
  • Have completed at least 36 hours, equivalent to 3 credits, of a special education course, although candidates may be admitted if they provide evidence of enrollment in such a course.
  • Have satisfactory writing skills as evidenced by a written essay
  • Have satisfactory leadership dispositions and a professional maturity to meet the demands of the program as evidenced during a formal interview
Candidates should possess a record of excellent teaching as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.

Required Documents
  • Application: Complete the information required on the application form.
  • Fee: You will be asked to include a non-refundable application fee of $45 by credit or debit card when submitting your application. 
  • Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from ALL undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended (including part-time and summer study). If you received transfer credit from another institution, it is still necessary to send a transcript from the original university. These transcripts must be provided by the institutions in a sealed envelope.    
  • Evaluator Forms/Letters of Recommendation: You must have two professional references from supervisors submitted on your behalf. Once you enter therecommenders' contact information on the application, they will automatically be emailed a form to complete and return to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Essay: Please submit a 2-3 page double-spaced essay on the following issue:
    • Since the 1980's, the public school student population has become much more diverse in terms of cultural backgrounds and languages spoken.  Interestingly, however, the typical Connecticut teacher is still Caucasian, middle class and speaks only English. In New Haven, for example, about 90 percent of the students now belong to a minority group but almost three-fourths of the teachers are white. Many experts note that unless teachers engage in serious self-reflection about their teaching methods and belief systems, they will find it difficult to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse groups of students sitting in their classroom. This likely will lead to a widening of the achievement gaps that already exist between groups of students based on ethical and socioeconomic status.
    • Your Task: Share thoughts and perspectives on the issue described, relating your opinions and beliefs to your personal and professional experiences. In your essay, indicate what you believe teachers need to know and do to respond to an increasingly diverse student population and what you would do as a school leader to help teachers meet the needs of these students.
  • Resume: You will be asked to include an up-to-date resume.  
  • Interview: Once all of your admission materials have been received, eligible applicants will be invited in for a formal interview.

If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.

Our secure online application is designed to be convenient and efficient. If you need assistance with your application--or would like additional information on your program of interest--contact the staff in Graduate Admissions.

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