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Subject Area Eligibility

In addition to our general criteria for applicants, below you will find more detailed requirements:

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Special Education Admissions Requirements

  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies. 
  • Essay that clearly communicates their reasons for pursuing a degree in special education and the nature of their current and past experiences with people with disabilities. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional sources

Academic Prerequisites Applicants for the MAT in the Queens College Adolescent Special Education Generalist Program must demonstrate that they have successfully met the following undergraduate prerequisites requirements: 

  • 2 courses each in English Language Arts, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Science with a B or better.
  • Applicants missing Liberal Arts & Science credits can be considered for conditional acceptance and will have until the end of their first year to make up those credits.
  • Submission of GRE scores
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from a nationally accredited college (i.e., in the United States) must submit proof of having achieved a score of 600 or higher on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent.
  • Candidates should have some prior experience with secondary school-age children (e.g., paid employment in a school or afterschool program, academic tutoring, volunteer/community based experience, summer camp counselor, and/or involvement in leisure, recreational, or other activities).

TESOL Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts area with a 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited American institution of higher education must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam scores
  • Up to 6 credits of the following prerequisite coursework can be completed during the program. Candidates are responsible for tuition for any required prerequisites.
    American History: American History I and II. (It is also possible to take CLEP Exams to fulfill this requirement.)
  • Language Other Than English: A minimum of 12 credits or the equivalent of study of a language other than English (LOTE). Students may be granted the equivalence of 3-12 LOTE credits of this requirement (without the awarding of actual college credits) by exam (such as CLEP exams, NYU Foreign Language Proficiency Test, European Union Official Exams;