Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC)

Admissions

GENERAL ELC ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

Our department promotes inquiry, relationships, and scholarship grounded in a shared commitment to social justice, including differing and complementary perspectives on what social justice practices might entail in relation to education. We are so excited that you are interested in exploring this commitment as a student in one of our programs. We believe in a vision of education that is moral, equitable, and culturally-contextualized to honor the dignity of every human being. The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) is to prepare thoughtful and effective leaders in education through programs of study that are intentionally interdisciplinary in scope. The faculty members within the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department at UNCG represent a diverse, vibrant community of scholars and practitioners whose work influences and shapes various methods, discourses, and sites of educational praxis. Students in our programs represent a broad range of concerns, contexts, and backgrounds which generate dynamic conversations, collaborations, and scholarly work in courses with faculty as well as in sites that extend beyond the classroom. As a program that constantly grows from new insights, we are interested in learning from and with you!

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Prospective students apply to all of our academic programs through Apply Yourself.

APPLICATION CRITERIA

The UNCG School of Education’s and Graduate School’s formal admission requirements specify the following:

  • For the MSA program:
    • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better during the last half of the bachelor’s degree, or a GPA of 3.5 during the master’s degree; and
    • GRE or MAT examination scores if the candidate does not have a previous graduate degree or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
  • For the Post Masters Certificate programs:
    • A master’s degree from an accredited institution; and
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the master’s degree
  • For the EdS and EdD programs:
    • A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the master’s degree; and
    • Acceptable score on the GRE or MAT examination
  • For the PhD program:
    • A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the master’s degree; and
    • Acceptable score on the GRE or MAT examination

Admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s full set of application materials. All evidence about a prospective student, including the criteria listed above, work experience, letters of reference and recommendations, and the individual’s personal statement will be considered in making admissions decisions. In certain cases, applicants may be granted provisional admission, with a stipulation that they will be granted full admission upon successfully completing a specified number of coursework credits in the program. Faculty members engage in a collaborative, rigorous review of applicants.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

The Department’s formal admission requirements for masters, specialist, doctoral studies, and post-masters certificates are the following:

MASTER OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION:

  • three letters of recommendation with a minimum of one recommendation from a principal/supervisor who has recent knowledge of the applicant’s leadership capabilities and potential;
  • completion of the District-Verification-for-Principal-Licensure-Candidates-1 document by the school district agreeing to support the candidate in participating in authentic, action-oriented, service-learning, outcomes-based activities and a year-long internship;
  • GRE or MAT scores if the candidates does not have a previous graduate degree or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
  • transcripts from all universities attended
  • a written statement that clearly articulates the applicant’s interest in and potential for school leadership; and addresses the following:
    • Page 1: Briefly detail your professional goals and why you chose ELC
    • Pages 2-4: Respond to 2 of the 3 prompts listed here:
      1. The most critical issue in education today is…
      2. The leadership of a school makes all the difference because…
      3. North Carolina schools could improve by…
    • Note: Please title each topic accordingly.
    • a resumè that provides detailed information regarding the applicant’s previous professional and leadership experiences, including three years of professional education experience.
    • After initial application screening, interviews may be conducted.
  • Applications for the MSA program are reviewed once per year during April and must be completely submitted by March 31. Applicants who intend to apply for Principal Fellows must submit their applications by January 15.

POST-MASTERS CERTIFICATE IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION:

  • Three letters of recommendation with a minimum of one recommendation from a principal/supervisor who has recent knowledge of the applicant’s leadership capabilities and potential;
  • Completion of the District-Verification-for-Principal-Licensure-Candidates-1 document by the school district, agreeing to support the candidate in participating in authentic, action-oriented, service-learning, outcomes-based activities and a year-long internship;
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • A written statement that clearly articulates the applicant’s interest in and potential for school leadership; and addresses the following:
    • Page 1: Briefly detail your professional goals and why you chose ELC
    • Pages 2-4: Respond to 2 of the 3 prompts listed here:
      1. The most critical issue in education today is…
      2. The leadership of a school makes all the difference because…
      3. North Carolina schools could improve by…
    • A resumè that provides detailed information regarding the applicant’s previous professional and leadership experiences, including three years of professional education experience.
    • Applications for the PMC program are reviewed once per year during April and must be completely submitted by March 31.

POST-MASTERS CERTIFICATE IN CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities;
  • Transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended;
  • Write a 2-3 page personal statement that:
    • Describes why you wish to pursue this program, how it connects with your personal/professional goals, and what prerequisites prepare you for this program.
  • Applications for the PMC in Cultural Foundations and Social Justice program are reviewed twice per year. Deadlines are December 1 and April 1.
    • Please note that although Apply Yourself may indicate that your application has been submitted, this does not mean it is COMPLETE. All application materials must be completed in Apply Yourself before the materials will be released to the department for review.

EdS IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the applicant’s leadership potential and academic abilities;
  • GRE or MAT scores from the past 5 years;
  • Transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended;
  • A resumè that provides detailed information regarding the applicant’s previous professional and leadership experiences
  • A personal statement that addresses your career goals and responds to one or more of the prompts below. Your response should be 3 – 5 pages in length:
    • Why do you wish to pursue studies toward the Specialist in Education (EdS) degree in Educational Leadership in UNCG’s ELC department?
    • How should education contribute to democratic values, attitudes and behavior? How can educational leaders contribute to that process?
    • What about schools or society angers you? How might your graduate studies help you improve this situation?
  • Our priority deadline to be considered for fall admission is March 31. Students who submit their completed applications by that deadline will receive notice of UNCG’s admission decision by late April.
  • Our standard deadline to be considered for fall admission is May 31. Students who submit their completed applications by that deadline will receive notice of UNCG’s admission decision by late June.

EdD IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the applicant’s leadership potential and academic abilities;
  • GRE or MAT scores from the past 5 years;
  • Transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended;
  • A resumé that provides detailed information regarding the applicant’s previous professional and leadership experiences
  • A personal statement that addresses your career goals and responds to one or more of the prompts below. Your response should be 3 – 5 pages (double space) in length:
    • Why do you wish to pursue studies toward the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Educational Leadership in UNCG’s ELC department?
    • What does it mean to have a culture of social justice? How can/should schools bring this about?
  • Our priority deadline to be considered for fall admission is March 31. Students who submit their completed applications by that deadline will receive notice of UNCG’s admission decision by late April.
  • Our standard deadline to be considered for fall admission is May 31. Students who submit their completed applications by that deadline will receive notice of UNCG’s admission decision by late June.

PhD IN EDUCATIONAL STUDIES WITH A CONCENTRATION IN CULTURAL STUDIES:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities;
  • GRE or MAT scores from the past 5 years;
  • Transcripts from all universities the applicant has attended;
  • Write a 2-3 page personal statement that:
    • Describes why you wish to pursue this PhD program, how it connects with your personal/professional goals, and what prerequisites prepare you for this program.
  • Applications for the PhD program are reviewed once per year during January and must be completely submitted by December 1st.
    • Please note that although Apply Yourself may indicate that your application has been submitted, this does not mean it is COMPLETE. All application materials must be completed in Apply Yourself before the materials will be released to the department for review.

TAKING COURSES THROUGH VISIONS

Through the UNCG “VISIONS” program, students can take several courses before formal admission into a degree program. Information about VISIONS enrollment is available at: http://grs.uncg.edu/visions/