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Admission Criteria

What are the Admission criteria for Master’s programs?

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (MSED) PROGRAMS:

  1. ESOL Curriculum and Instruction
    • Undergraduate degree in education
    • Current teaching license
    • Minimum undergraduate degree
  2. Reading Specialist Curriculum and Instruction
    • Undergraduate degree in education
    • Current teaching license
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Building Leadership Undergraduate degree in education
    • Undergraduate degree with a school license
    • Current teaching or professional license
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Organizational Leadership
    • Undergraduate degree in any major
    • No teaching license required
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale)

What is the Admission Criteria for Licensure or Endorsement Programs?

PreK-12 LICENSURE ONLY PROGRAMS:

  1. ESOL Endorsement
    • Undergraduate degree in education
    • Current teaching license
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  2. PreK-12 Reading Specialist Licensure
    • Master’s degree in education
    • Current teaching license
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. PreK-12 Building Leadership Licensure
    • Master’s degree in in a school license area
    • Current teaching license or professional license
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  4. PreK-12 District Leadership Licensure
    • Master’s degree in education PreK-12
    • Building Leadership Licensure
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale)

What if I don’t have the required GPA?

Applicants not meeting the minimum GPA requirements for unconditional admission may still be considered for admission.  Contact the director of graduate education, Dr. Gina Marx, for a transcript review and interview.

Is the GRE required?

No

Application Process

How do I apply?

Follow the steps on the Application Process page.

What semesters can a student be admitted to the MSED programs?

Fall, Spring and Summer - all degree and licensure programs when there are enough students to start a cohort.
Note: Students can also be admitted in the second half or 2nd 8 weeks of a semester.

What are the application deadlines?

Our “soft deadlines” allow for sufficient time to have your application reviewed; please submit all materials by August 1st for the fall semester, January 1st for the spring semester but applications are still taken after these dates.

Are there any required prerequisite courses?

No

Can I transfer graduate credit from another program?

Yes.  Contact Dr. Gina Marx for a transcript review by sending unofficial transcripts; official transcripts are needed for the actual transfer. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours may be transferred from other accredited institutions for the MSED programs at the discretion of the program director. Up to 12 graduate credit hours of ESOL courses (four courses) can be transferred towards the ESOL Curriculum and Instruction Masters.  Hours accepted for transfer must contribute to the student’s program of study and be preapproved by the program director. The actual transferring of credits is not necessary for the licensure programs, but transcript review is required and official transcripts.

How old can the transfer credit be?

There is a “6-year rule” that courses used for a degree may not be older than 6 years from the date of your master’s graduation. However, with required recency documentation, an exception may be made.  

If I am applying to the ESOL MSED C&I program and I completed ESOL Endorsement with Newman University, do I still have to apply and send my undergraduate degree transcripts?

Yes. You will need to send official transcripts from the school where your bachelor’s degree was earned, unless you received your Bachelor's degree from Newman University. 

Tuition and Financial Aid

What is the cost of attendance? 

Click on the following link:  Cost of Attendance

What financial aid is available?

Unsubsidized federal loans are available up to a maximum of $20,500 per year.  Click on the following link for Information on financial aid, FAFSA, scholarships and grants:  Paying for Your Degree

How many credit hours must I be enrolled in to qualify for financial aid?

6 credit hours is considered full time in graduate education; 3 hours is considered half-time and if in a degree seeking program, you can still apply for financial aid.

How do I apply for a Stafford Student Loan?

A student will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.com). After Newman has received the FAFSA, an award letter will be mailed to the student or will be available to accept online through JetStream. First time borrowers will need to complete two online forms at www.studentloans.gov which are the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.

Does Newman University offer payment plans?

Yes. Students may enroll in a monthly payment plan through NBS e-Cashier Automatic Payment Program.   The following is a link to information on the payment plan program:  Newman Payment Plan Information.

Does Newman offer any grants for MSED students?

The TEACH grant is available for ESOL C & I and Reading Specialist master's degrees. Grants are not available for any Licensure or Endorsement.

Who do I contact regarding veteran’s benefits?

Financial Aid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316-942-4291 ext. 2103.

What are the eligibility and application requirements to receive the TEACH GRANT?

To qualify for the TEACH grant you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25.  To receive the TEACH grant you will need to complete the TEACH agreement to serve and the TEACH counseling.  You will also need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  You cannot receive the TEACH grant for non-degree programs or for a 2nd master’s degree. http://newmanu.edu/admissions/financial-aid/grants/teach-grant.  If you want financial aid for fall and spring, you will need to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA. Questions? Contact Kara Schwinn in Financial Aid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316-942-4291 Ext. 2302

What Newman programs are eligible for the TEACH GRANT?

MSED Reading Specialist Curriculum and Instruction
MSED ESOL Curriculum and Instruction

Do I have to complete the FAFSA and TEACH Grant “Agreement to Serve” and Counseling every year?

Yes.

Program Structure, Format and Required Resources

How many credits does it take to complete the program?

MSED:  33 credit hours – 11 courses
ESOL Endorsement: 15 credit hours – 5 courses
PreK-12 Licensure Only: Transcript review is required to determine courses needed.

Are classes offered on online or on-campus?

Courses are taught within a flexible delivery model that includes face-to-face, webcam and /or streaming video, as well as online modules.

How long does it take to complete the Master of Science in Education programs?

MSED degree programs are designed for completion in 18 months, but students can accelerate in as little as 14 months or slow down the program, as needed.

Licensure and Endorsement programs are designed for completion in 12 months, and the ESOL Endorsement program in two semesters.

When are courses offered?

The program is designed for full-time working professionals. Typically, Fall and Spring courses are offered on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  Summer courses are offered on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday day or evening.

Where can I find a course schedule?

Email the administrative assistant, Cindy Corn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I find out what textbooks are needed?

Email the administrative assistant, Cindy Corn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How long do classes last?

Classes are 8-week sessions.  All practicum courses allow for 16 weeks.  

What are the required technologies for Newman Graduate Education Students who enroll in blended and online courses?

  1. Students must have access to a computer with XP or newer operating system (Windows 7, 8, 8.1) and access to a quality internet connection.
  2. Students must have access to Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  If you have a Mac, you can purchase Office for Mac for under twenty dollars.
  3. Students must have access to a webcam (either integrated into your computer or laptop, or you can purchase a webcam (with integrated microphone) at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, etc. for about $25 or less to connect to your computer by USB port.
  4. Students must be able to access Moodle to upload files, check grades and get feedback.  Moodle is our course management system, which is open source Blackboard.  The URL for the site can be accessed from www.newmanu.edu; click on “Attend NU” tab, then “Graduate Programs”, then “Master of Science in Education.  Moodle Website Access is bottom green tab on this page.  You can also go directly to Moodle at: moodle.newmanu.edu