Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the program's entry dates and application deadline?
The Graduate Programs in Education typically offer a rolling admission policy, and
accept students for the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. With the exception of the
cohort programs, students may begin the program in any semester or term.
Students are strongly encouraged to have their application files, including all needed documentation, completed at least one month prior to the start of the semester.
2. What are the program's pre-requisites?
There are no pre-requisites for the Master of Science in Education.
3. What is the GPA/GRE requirement?
Candidates typically must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for unconditional admission, and a minimum 2.75 for conditional admission. Note: select programs have a higher minimum GPA requirement. Higher GPA requirements are specified within the degree requirements are available through the Graduate Admissions Office for more information.
4. Does the graduate program in Education offer specializations?
Yes. Candidates choose from the following specializations:
- Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Institutions (Cohort only)
- Educational Leadership for Public Institutions (For Administrative Credential candidates only)
- International Education
- Instructional Computer Applications
- Educational Technology
- Special Education: Mild/Moderate and Moderate Severe Disabilities
5. How long does the program take?
The length of the program varies, depending on course load and specialization. Please contact the graduate program advisor at the Metcalf School of Education or attend a Graduate Program Information Session for a program completion timeline.
6. Can I work full time while enrolled in the program?
Yes. Most students in the graduate program in Education are working teachers, educators and professionals.
7. When do classes meet?
The Graduate Education Programs at CBU are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. Most classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings.
8. Does a Master of Science or Master of Arts in Education prepare me to teach?
The Master of Science or Master of Arts in Education alone does not qualify candidates for credentialing. Candidates may, however, pursue a teaching credential or Education Specialist credential while working toward a master's degree. The Metcalf School of Education offers a credential programs in the following areas:
- Preliminary Single and Multiple Subject
- Preliminary Administrative Services
- Education Specialist in Mild/Moderate Disabilities — Level I and Level II
- Education Specialists in Moderate/Severe Disabilities — Level I and Level II
- Pupil Personnel Services in School Psychology and School Counseling
The Metcalf School of Education credentialing programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. For more information on credential programs in Education, click here.
9. Is there financial assistance available specifically for education professionals?
Yes, a variety of financial assistance options are available for educators. For more information, please visit the TEACH California web site at www.teachcalifornia.org.