The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Prospective Students/Admission

Application Criteria & Procedures

The School of Education’s formal admission requirements for masters, specialist, and doctoral studies specify the following:

  • a 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;
  • For the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs, a master’s degree from an accredited institution; and
  • an acceptable score on the GRE or MAT exams.

However, admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s full set of application materials. All evidence about a prospective student, including work experience, recommendations and letters of reference, the individual’s personal statement, and especially evidence that the individual will be capable of completing a dissertation, will be used in making admissions decisions. If an applicant’s GRE scores are low, the applicant may be granted provisional admission, with a stipulation that they will be granted full admission upon successfully completing 12 semester hours of coursework in the program. Please note that in this department we take very seriously the selection process of applicants. A rigorous review process occurs by faculty committees and the department as a whole.

General application information can be found at: http://grs.uncg.edu/prospective/  Application materials can be downloaded from: http://www.uncg.edu/grs. It is possible to complete the application form online, but hard copies of supporting materials will still need to be submitted.

Please click here if you need to request information from the Graduate School.

Applicants should submit the following items in order to complete their application. (These should be sent to the Graduate School or included electronically in the Apply Yourself application (see http://grs.uncg.edu/prospective/).

For Master of School Administration applicants

  • 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;
  • a letter of commitment and support from the school district to allow the candidate to participate in authentic, action-oriented, service-learning, outcomes-based activities and a year-long internship;
    District-Verification-for-Principal-Licensure-Candidates-1 pdf document.
  • GRE or MAT scores and 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, which may include problem-based scenarios and interactions with practitioners, will be conducted with finalists.

Applications for the MSA program must be completely submitted by March 31. Applicants who intend to apply for Principal Fellows must submit their applications by January 15. For further information on the MSA program, you may visit the website at elc.uncg.edu/academic-programs/master-of-school-administration-msa//.

For Ed.S. & Ed.D. in Educational Leadership applicants:

  • 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.
    • What about schools or society angers you? How might your graduate studies help you improve this situation?
    • How should education contribute to democratic values, attitudes and behavior? How can educational leaders contribute to that process?
    • What does it mean to have a culture of social justice? How can/should schools bring this about?
  • Applications for the EdD program must be completely submitted by March 31.

For Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Studies applicants:

  • 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 Ph.d. program, how it connects with your personal/professional goals, and what prerequisites prepare you for this program.
  • Applications for the Ph.d. program 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. Please note deadlines for specific programs and understand that ALL materials must be received by the deadlines indicated.

Through the UNCG “VISIONS” program, students can take several courses before formal admission into a degree program. Information about VISIONS enrollment is available at: Visions: The Graduate School

Fellowships/Scholarships/Assistantships
Administered by
Deadline
Luther Winborne Self Fellowship Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations March
Graduate School Fellowships Graduate School Late March
Graduate School Summer Assistantships Graduate School Mid January
School of Education Scholarships School of Education Mid February
Graduate and Teaching Assistantships Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations February

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department Travel Funds

General Travel Fund

When funds are available, the ELC Department provides stipends to support students who present at professional conferences. Students can apply any time during the academic year as long as funds are available.

Please click on the link for the guidelines and application form: ELC General Travel Awards Guidelines and Application

      • For questions regarding these funds, please contact:
        Dr. Silvia Bettez
        Coordinator, Student Funds & Fellowships Committee
        scbettez@uncg.edu

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department Fellowship

The department currently administers one fellowship program:

      • Luther Winborne Self Fellowship
        Luther Winborne Self Fellowship Awards were designed to provide financial assistance to doctoral students in The Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. The department awarded fellowship money yearly to doctoral students in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations programs. The Fund provides fellowships to students of outstanding promise to assist them in completing their doctoral programs. The Fellowship was originally funded by an annual gift from Mrs. Sally Smith Self in memory of her husband, Dr. Luther Winborne Self, ELC’s oldest graduate. Sally Self was a generous donor to our department for many years. Unfortunately Mrs. Self passed away in June 2008. Mrs. Self, like her husband, deeply believed that our students could make a positive difference in the world.  Sally and Luther’s only son, Smith Self has graciously continues the annual scholarship in honor of his parents.
      • Please download the guidelines and application form
        Deadline: March 1st
      • For questions about the travel funds, please contact:
        Dr. Silvia Bettez,
        Coordinator, Student Funds & Fellowships Committee

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department Graduate and Teaching Assistantships

ELC graduate assistantships are work positions within the ELC department. The assistantships entail assigned work 20 hours per week.  This may be a combination of teaching, working in the office, and/or working with a faculty member.  There are two types of assistantships administered by the department:

Teaching Assistantship:  The teaching assistantship entails teaching the undergraduate foundations course ELC 381: The Institution of Education. In order to be eligible for the teaching assistantship, students should have taken ELC 625-Seminar in Teaching Social Foundations.  This course is the prerequisite to a Teaching Assistantship in the ELC department.  The class is offered in the fall semester and includes meeting as a seminar as well as observation of the undergraduate classes.  Teaching a section of ELC 381 is deemed equivalent to 10 hours of work per week.  For further information contact Dr. Svi Shapiro svishapiro@nc.rr.com

Graduate Assistantship:  Students work closely with an ELC faculty member. Duties include research-related tasks or clerical assistance.  There may be assistantships that require working in the office with the Chair of the Department.

Click here for the application should you wish to apply for the ELC Teaching Assistantship (2012-2013).

Graduate Student Association Travel and Thesis/Dissertation Funds

Every graduate student at UNCG is a member of the Graduate Student Association’s (GSA) legislative body and is invited to become an active member. The GSA allocates funds in two categories: Thesis/Dissertation Funding, to offset the cost of completing a thesis or dissertation; and Personal Development Funding, to support professional development activities such as attendance at a professional conference. Funds are dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis.

UNCG School of Education Scholarships

The School of Education administers a variety of scholarship programs, with awards ranging from $200 to $3000. They are not automatically renewed; students must reapply each year. Most awards are based on financial aid, so students must work with the UNCG Office of Financial Aid to complete the FAFSA form and receive an official determination of need. A scholarship application must be obtained from and submitted to the Dean’s Office in the School of Education. Typically, the applications are due by early February. Occasionally, graduate assistantship opportunities are available in the Dean’s Office, the Teachers Academy, and in other offices around the school. Students should check signs posted around the School of Education offices and also check with the Dean’s Office and Teachers Academy.

 

UNCG Graduate School Fellowships

The Graduate School administers a number of different scholarships and fellowships. These are highly competitive awards, usually based on academic performance and the recommendation of your department. A listing of possible awards is made available in the late fall and applications are typically due sometime in February and/or March. Students should work with their advisors to discuss the possibility of being nominated by the department and to prepare applications, making sure to begin the process well in advance of deadlines.

Fellowships for newly admitted students include:

      • Alumni / Excellence / Hayes Fellowships
        These are the largest and most prestigious awards offered by The Graduate School. The Alumni Fellowship was established by the UNCG Alumni Association; the Excellence by the University; and the last by Mr. Charles Hayes, former chairman of the UNCG Board of Trustees and President of Guilford Mills. Recipients will receive a $20,000 stipend and health insurance.  Tuition waiver(s) will be provided if possible. Criteria are the same as for the Hayes and Excellence Fellows. Each program may nominate up to two individuals for this award.

        • Nominees must be full-time doctoral students newly admitted for the Fall semester.
        • Nominees must have exceptionally strong academic qualifications.
        • Each program may nominate up to three individuals for these awards.
      • Greensboro Graduate Scholar Awards

        The Graduate School established these awards in 1991 to attract exceptional students to our graduate programs. Awards are $2,000 for students in master’s programs and $3,000 for students in doctoral programs and are added to the usual departmental stipend.

        • Nominees must possess outstanding academic records.
        • Departments must award recipients an assistantship (RA, TA, or GA)
        • For out-of-state students, the department must supply an out-of-state tuition waiver.
        • Departments are permitted to nominate up to 30% (or 2 students, whichever is greater) of their new students for the 2008-2009 academic year.
        • Students may retain their scholarship for up to 2 years in master’s programs and 3 years in doctoral programs, assuming good academic performance. The renewal process is automatic; departments do not need to re-nominate recipients.
      • Lyon Fellowship
        This award was established in honor of Mrs. Ellen Lyon, who graduated from Women’s College (UNCG) in 1949, was employed in social services, and active in civic organizations.  The size of the award will depend on earnings of the endowed fund but in recent years has been $4,000.

        • The award is based on merit.
        • Nominations are open to any graduate student in any program.
        • Nominees may be newly admitted or continuing masters or doctoral students.
      • UNC Campus Scholarships
        These scholarships are intended to increase campus diversity. Recipients must be North Carolina residents who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program. Students typically need to complete the FAFSA no later than early February. Students may be nominated for three years, and the annual award is usually several thousand dollars.


      • Weil Fellowship
      • This fellowship was first given in 1924 and honors Henry Weil, a successful business man and philanthropist in Goldsboro, NC. The size of the fellowship will depend on earnings of the endowment but in recent years has been $7,000.
        • Nominees must be UNCG alumni and demonstrate exceptional academic achievement.
        • Nominees must be newly admitted to a masters or doctoral program at UNCG, enrolled for full-time study (6 hours per semester).

Fellowships for continuing students include:

      • Greensboro Graduate Scholar Awards
        The Graduate School established these awards in 1991 to attract exceptional students to our graduate programs. Awards are $2,000 for students in master’s programs and $3,000 for students in doctoral programs and are added to the usual departmental stipend.

        • Nominees must possess outstanding academic records.
        • Departments must award recipients an assistantship (RA, TA, or GA)
        • For out-of-state students, the department must supply an out-of-state tuition waiver.
        • Departments are permitted to nominate up to 30% (or 2 students, whichever is greater) of their new students for the 2008-2009 academic year.
        • Students may retain their scholarship for up to 2 years in master’s programs and 3 years in doctoral programs, assuming good academic performance. The renewal process is automatic; departments do not need to re-nominate recipients.
      • Lyon Fellowship
        This award was established in honor of Mrs. Ellen Lyon, who graduated from Women’s College (UNCG) in 1949, was employed in social services, and active in civic organizations.  The size of the award will depend on earnings of the endowed fund but in recent years has been $4,000.

        • The award is based on merit.
        • Nominations are open to any graduate student in any program.
        • Nominees may be newly admitted or continuing masters or doctoral students.

UNCG Graduate School Summer Assistantships

The Graduate School sometimes has a summer assistantship program. According to The Graduate School, the goal of this program is to assist students in making progress toward completing their degree by using part of the summer to conduct research or to engage in other scholarly activities related to the student’s program of study. Priority is given to students in doctoral and MFA programs; however, other students in master’s programs may apply.

UNCG Scholarships and Financial Aid Office 

Contact this office for information on applying for need-based financial aid, including subsidized and unsubsidized federal Stafford loans. In most cases, you will need to submit a FAFSA (web link here) to the federal government. The deadline for full consideration for all need-based awards is usually February 1.

      • For questions, please contact Financial Aid Office at 336-334-5702.
      • Please click on the following link for a list of UNCG Scholarships: http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/

Tuition and Fees Information

Tuition and fees for graduate credit hours are calculated on a sliding scale that is dependent on the number of credit hours a semester you take. You can study the details by visiting http://www.uncg.edu/grs/financial/tuition_and_fees.html for on-campus courses and http://web.uncg.edu/dcl/web/offcampus/credit_offcampus.asp for UNCG off-campus courses.

Financial aid for graduate students at UNCG is quite limited; however, opportunities are occasionally available. Also, at the time you apply for admission, you should contact the ELC departmental secretary to obtain an application for graduate fellowships and assistantships administered through the department.

      • For questions, please contact Financial Aid Office at 336-334-5702.
      • Visit the UNCG Financial Aid office’s website at: http://fia.dept.uncg.edu for more information.

Administrative Licensure

For North Carolina administrative licensure applications, please contact:

Carol Resch
The Teachers Academy, UNCG School of Education
Phone: 336-334-3450
Email: crwalke2@uncg.edu

For the MSA program, licensure questions can be directed to:

Dr. Brian Clarida
Email: bjclarid@uncg.edu

For the EdS program, licensure questions can be directed to:

Dr. Ann Davis
Email: awdavis@uncg.edu

For the EdD program, licensure questions can be directed to:

Dr. Carl Lashley
Email: carl.lashley@gmail.com

Licensure questions for the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs can also be directed to the student’s advisor subsequent to admission.

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