1 MASTER OF EDUCATION (M.ED.) IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AT TRANSFORMING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS INTO DISTINGUISHED RESPONSIVE AND COLLABORATIVE CLASSROOM TEACHERS, ACTION RESEARCHERS, AND INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION PACKAGE Office of Graduate Studies Reinhardt University 7300 Reinhardt Circle Waleska, GA
2 PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MASTER OF EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION INITIAL ADMISSION CHECKLIST M.ED. INITIAL ADMISSION Mail all M.Ed. Program Admission Requirements to: Office of Graduate Studies Reinhardt University 7300 Reinhardt Circle Waleska, GA M.ED. INITIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Proof of employment as an Special Education educator (i.e., classroom teacher or paraprofessional) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) Documentation of education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities (Must reflect ONE year of current full-time contractual classroom experience) M.Ed. Program recommendation from current principal Documentation of professional strengths, abilities, experiences, and career goals Proof of certification in Special Education, General Curriculum. EVIDENCE FOR SUBMISSION PSOE M.Ed. Application for Admission Official College Transcript PSOE Candidate Professional Résumé PSOE M.Ed. Administrative Recommendation Form (two pages) PSOE Autobiographical Statement Copy of a GA Teaching Certificate in Special Education, General Curriculum K-12. Commitment to enter and complete the program within the four-semester period (Must be employed as a P-5 classroom educator for the duration of the program) Documentation of official registration for M.Ed. classes. PSOE Letter of Commitment Reinhardt University Registration Form If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or For specific questions about the M.Ed. program, contact Dr. Jim Curry at (770) or Keep this checklist for your records. NOTE: If admission is denied on the first review, an applicant s file automatically remains in the pool for one year, and will be considered during the next admission review. The decision from the PSOE Admissions Committee is communicated in writing to the applicants. There is no provisional admission status.
3 Reinhardt University Master of Education Program in Special Education Application for Admission Semester/Term of Entry: Summer Semester Year of Entry: 20 Important: This application is for admission into the graduate program at Reinhardt University and serves to identify you as a potential candidate for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program in Special Education. This application should be returned to the Reinhardt University Office of Graduate Studies. I. BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION Name: Last First Middle/Maiden Preferred Name: Mailing Address Street/PO Box City State Zip County of Residence: Telephone Number: Home Home Address: Social Security Number: - - Ethnic Origin (Optional): American Indian or Alaska Native or Pacific Islander Asian White Black or African American Country of Citizenship: Alternate/Cell Marital Status Date of Birth: Native Hawaiian Hispanic/Latino Not Hispanic/Latino Gender (Optional): Female Male Did you previously attend Reinhardt University? Yes No If transcripts or other documentation may arrive under any name(s) other than the one above, please list: II. EMPLOYMENT Current Place of Employment: Address: Work Telephone: School Address:
4 Reinhardt University Master of Education Program in Special Education Application for Admission III. ACADEMIC/EDUCATION HISTORY Post Secondary Education: Previous colleges attended Dates attended Degree Earned Hours Earned Have you ever been placed on probation or dismissed from any college/university? (If yes, please explain on a separate sheet of paper) Have you ever been convicted of any crime? (If yes, please explain on a separate sheet of paper) IV. EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION Name: Address: Last First/Preferred Relationship: Street/PO Box City State Zip Daytime Telephone: Alternate Telephone: V. OTHER How did you learn about the M.Ed. Program in Special Education? I certify that the information provided on this application is true and accurate. I understand that it is solely my responsibility to complete the admission process correctly, in a timely manner, and to determine if materials requested have been received by the University prior to the deadline. False statements on this application may result in denial of admission and/or dismissal from the University. I agree to abide by all rules, regulations and financial policies set forth by Reinhardt University. Applicant Signature: Date: Reinhardt University is an equal opportunity college, committed to providing equal education and employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of their economic or social status. Reinhardt does not discriminate in any of its policies, programs, or activities on the basis of race, age, culture, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, physical (dis)ability and ideology. Office of Graduate Studies Reinhardt University 7300 Reinhardt Circle Waleska, GA
5 PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION M.Ed. in Special Education Application PSOE CANDIDATE PROFESSIONAL RÉSUMÉ Directions: Please provide information for each of the eight areas listed below. Please use the exact order and format as provided. 1. Name and contact information 2. Education, including degrees, universities, and majors. List the highest degree earned first. 3. Teaching experience and other work history. Include all positions held. For teaching and other education positions, list the name of the school, the district, and the grade(s) taught. 4. Instructional leadership activities and/or positions (Instructional leadership includes such activities and positions as chairing curriculum committees, planning professional development activities, implementing new teaching strategies, observing and providing feedback to fellow teachers, mentoring colleagues, holding lead teacher positions, and other activities and positions that influence others. New teachers can include educational leadership activities from their undergraduate college or university.) 5. Volunteer and service accomplishments (This can include any volunteer or service work that was of benefit to others. Although you should focus on the recent past, you can include earlier activities that have had a substantial impact on others. Examples: Foster parent, Peace Corp Volunteer, Big Brother/Sister, Sunday School Teacher, PTSA Leader, etc.) 6. Presentations and publications (This can include any grade, school, district, state, or national level presentations or papers that you have completed as part of your ongoing educational development. Grant proposals and educational reform efforts can be included.) 7. Professional memberships (Describe your affiliation with any professional educational organizations including: Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), National Education Association (NEA), and other professional societies or groups of which you are a member.) 8. Academic and professional honors (Describe any academic and/or professional honors that you have received as teacher or education student. This could include teacher of the year, nomination for teacher of the year, graduating with honors, etc.) THE CANDIDATE PROFESSIONAL RÉSUMÉ MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKET.
6 PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION M.Ed. in Special Education Application PSOE ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATION FORM, PAGE 1 To the Applicant: The comments and recommendation on this form are confidential and will be used solely for the application process. 1. I waive my right to see the completed form. Applicant s Signature & Date 2. I do not waive my right to see the completed form. To the Administrator: Name of Applicant Applicant s Signature & Date Name of Administrator School Position Applicant s current employment assignment How long has this applicant been employed in your school? Please rate the following characteristics on a scale of one to five for each of the descriptors. 1. Initiative Very Low Waits to be told Acts independently Occasionally tries out Consistently before acting on routine tasks new things on own implements new ideas 2. Communication skills Very Poor Oral and written Oral and written Oral and written Oral and written expression contains expression may not expression is expression is clear and errors or may be contain errors but consistently clear anticipates possible unclear may be confusing and accurate misunderstandings 3. Demonstrated collaboration Very Poor Works alone Collaborates when Collaborates primarily Seeks opportunities required with select groups to work with all peers when appropriate 4. Organizational skills Very Poor Disorganized; often Reflects some Well organized; Very well organized; late with assigned organization; seldom late with never late in turning work occasionally needs assigned work in assigned work extra time to complete assigned work 5. Demonstrated scholarship Very Poor Always needs help Works largely Uses outside resources Seeks and utilizes according to written at times outside activities and guidelines resources regularly 6. Potential as a teacher leader (See examples below.) Very Low Low Some High Very High Some examples of potential as a teacher leader: Working with colleagues on curriculum and instructional matters Chairing curriculum committees Planning professional development activities Implementing new teaching strategies Observing and providing feedback to fellow teachers Mentoring colleagues Presenting at school, district, state, or national level conference(s) Holding lead teacher positions Facilitating team and/or school meetings Assisting in making decisions about instructional materials, allocation of resources, student assignments, organization of the school day, etc.
7 PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION M.Ed. in Special Education Application PSOE ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATION FORM, PAGE 2 Please provide any comments you would like to add about this applicant in the spaces below. This program requires the collaboration of the school and its administration. Should this candidate be accepted into the M.Ed. program, the school will be asked to: encourage the candidate to take on various leadership roles, share the school improvement plan with the candidate, and provide approval for the candidate to conduct classroom action research during the second year of the program that is relevant to the improvement plan. I certify that I am willing to provide assistance to the candidate as outlined above. Administrator s Signature Title Date NOTE: To maintain confidentiality, please place this completed and signed recommendation form in an envelope, seal it, and sign the back of it over the sealed flap. Give the envelope to the candidate for inclusion with other M.Ed. application materials.
8 PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION M.Ed. in Special Education Application PSOE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT TO THE APPLICANT: Your autobiographical statement provides the PSOE Admissions Committee with information concerning your professional strengths, abilities, experiences, career goals, and communication skills. Your statement will be reviewed in terms of both its content and your appropriate use of formal written English. Please provide a thorough, detailed statement that addresses each of the following: 1. Your professional training, interests, needs, and concerns 2. The nature and quality of your professional experiences 3. Service/volunteer activities in which you have participated, what you did, and how these experiences have impacted your perspective toward others. (Examples: Peace Corp, Big Brothers/Sisters, Sunday school Teacher, PTA Leader). 4. Instructional leadership activities in which you have participated, what you did, and how these experiences have impacted you as an educator. 5. Specific instructional, curricular, and/or classroom issues pertaining to your school that may be addressed and/or improved during the M.Ed. program 6. Reason(s) why you want to pursue the Master of Education degree program at Reinhardt University Note: Address your professional memberships, professional affiliations, leadership positions, awards, honors, scholarships, fellowships, and other special recognitions in your professional résumé. The autobiographical statement should be typed, double-spaced, and three to four pages long. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKET.
9 2 PRICE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION M.Ed. in Special Education Application PSOE LETTER OF COMMITMENT I am applying to the Master of Education Program in Special Education at Reinhardt University to begin Summer Semester, 20. I agree that, should I be accepted, I will attend classes on the Reinhardt University campus (or any other designated site). I understand that classes will be held according to the following tentative schedule (which is subject to change): Summer, Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters: Individual class dates to be arranged (Usually T-W-TH); classes will start at 4:30 p.m. I understand that the program is an intensive four-semester program. I certify that I am prepared to make the adjustments necessary in my schedule to allow me to participate in all classes and complete all program requirements and expectations. I understand that if I find I cannot participate in the assigned cohort for the scheduled period of time, I will be required to complete a Request to Resume the M.Ed. Program for readmission at the appropriate scheduled semester. The PSOE Admissions Committee, which considers the candidate's previous performance in addition to normal admissions criteria, will review this request; re-entry to the program is not guaranteed. Approval by the PSOE Admissions Committee is required for me to continue the program. Applicant's Name (Please Print) Applicant's Signature Date THE LETTER OF COMMITMENT MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKET.
10 3 Registration Form This Registration Form Must Be Included With Your Application For Admission. M.Ed. in SPED Program Current Classification: Freshman (0-30 hrs) _ Sophomore (31-60 hrs) _ Junior (61-90 hrs) _ Senior (91 + hrs) _ Graduate Student ID# Name Term Total Hours Main Campus: Classroom Location to be Announced Subject Course No. Section Session Time Days Credit Hours Student's Signature Advisor's Signature Date When you register at Reinhardt University, it is YOUR responsibility to notify the Office of the Records, Registration and Advisement Office and the Office of Financial Aid prior to the first day of class if you decide NOT to attend. If you do not formally drop classes, you will receive a statement for tuition and fees based on this registration.
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