Admissions and Recruiting Policies

004.1 School of Education Admission Policies

Candidate admission to the SED and any of its programs is guided by the Andrews University Working Policy (2:425) and the current Andrews University Bulletin.  In addition, the SED and its programs have specific policies regarding candidate admission, as follows:

In matters of admissions, the School of Education does not discriminate against any applicant on the grounds of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, or physical challenge (see AUWP 2:425:1).

The School of Education has established the following application deadlines:

    • For North American students: three months prior to the anticipated starting date.
    • For non-North American students: four months prior to the anticipated starting date.
    • For students applying to the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology: March 1.

For applicants for all SED graduate programs, official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years must be submitted.  MA, MAT, and EdS candidates may be considered for provisional admission without these scores.  School Psychology program applicants must submit GRE scores before they are considered for any type of admission.

004.1.1 Teacher Preparation Program

Admission requirements and procedures for the teacher preparation program are detailed in the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum portion of the current Andrews University Bulletin.

All candidates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 to be admitted to the teacher preparation program.

All candidates must pass the Basic Skills portion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) before admittance to the teacher preparation program.

All candidates for the teacher preparation program must submit a formal application to the Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum no later than the sophomore year or during the first semester of course work for transfer and graduate students.

004.1.2 Curriculum & Instruction Program

Prerequisites for admission to the Curriculum and Instruction program include at least nine (9) semester credits of course work in educational philosophy, educational psychology, or instructional methodology.  Candidates who seek admission without such a background may be required to include such courses in their course plan.  These prerequisites may add to the total number of credits needed to complete the degree.

004.1.3 Special Education Program

In addition to Andrews University admission requirements, applicants to the MS in Special Education program must have a satisfactory interview with the program director or his/her designee.  Candidates for the MS Special Education program are required to sign a conviction clearance form and obtain a fingerprint check prior to registration for their first semester of classes.

004.1.4 K-12 Educational Administration Program

The K-12 Educational Administration program has no additional admission policies.

004.1.5 Higher Education Administration Program

The Higher Education Administration program has no additional admission policies.

004.1.6 Leadership Program

Applicants to the MA, EdS, EdD, and PhD in Leadership programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a best writing sample
  2. Successfully interview with one or more members of the Leadership faculty
  3. Have a minimum of five years of professional work experience for the doctoral program or three years for the MA program
  4. Must be currently employed in a leadership position in which competencies can be demonstrated
  5. Applicants must commit to participate in:

    a.  The initial Leadership orientation (LEAD630)
    b.  Regularly scheduled Leadership and Learning Group
         meetings, preferably on a monthly basis but at least seven times a year
    c.  The annual Leadership Roundtable Conference (LEAD600)
    d.  Regular online communication
004.1.7 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must submit GRE scores prior to consideration of regular admission. 

004.1.8 Educational Psychology Program

Applicants to the Educational Psychology program must submit GRE scores prior to consideration of regular admission. 

004.1.9 Counseling Psychology Program

Applicants for the PhD program in Counseling Psychology should have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field. See the current Andrews University Bulletin for admission requirements for applicants who do not have a master’s degree. 

004.1.10 School Psychology Program

Candidates may enter the EdS program in School Psychology if they have a master’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field.  An applicant with a good academic record may enter without a master’s degree, provided the applicant has an undergraduate major in psychology, education, or a related field; a grade point average of at least 3.00; introductory courses in statistics, learning theories or educational psychology and human development, education, or a related field; and current satisfactory scores on the GRE General Test.

004.1.11 School Counseling Program

In addition to regular graduate admissions requirements, applicants to the School Counseling program must have a satisfactory interview with the program director or his/her designee.

004.2 Recruiting of Candidates for the SED

The School of Education works in cooperation with Enrollment Management to recruit undergraduate and graduate students for all SED programs.  SED faculty members often engage in formal and informal recruiting for their programs and/or the SED as they attend conferences or fulfill teaching appointments in domestic and/or international venues.

004.3 Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Candidates

The School of Education recognizes the need for a diverse student body. Therefore, it is the policy of the SED to use the following methods to increase the diversity of our student body:

    • Have consistent outreach to ethnically diverse high schools and colleges, locally, regionally (in Chicago and Detroit), and nationally.
    • Recruit at Adventist camp meetings and spiritual weekend rallies focused on Hispanics and African Americans as well as other diverse Adventist populations.
    • Target minority students with significant scholarship awards reserving some scholarships for minority or international students. (e.g., H – K Habenicht scholarship gives preference to Hispanic students, R – D Hammill scholarship gives preference to students of Third World countries; Benjamin Inquilla scholarship gives preference to South American students, Thesba Johnston scholarship gives preference to students from a minority ethnic group).
    • Work with the university’s Enrollment Management office and their international recruiting.
    • Sponsors activities for candidates and professional faculty on topics of cultural diversity (such as departmental assemblies, educational society activities, and cultural celebrations).
    • In classes, use group projects with diversity as a part of the group formation criteria.
    • Encourage cooperation with the Office of Student Success to coordinate services and accommodations for students with special needs.
    • Communicate that we are interested in serving all students via a statement in each course syllabus regarding the procedures for requesting accommodations by students with disabilities.