Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When are applications due?

A. Applications are processed on a rolling basis; however, they need to be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the semester or summer session to be processed in time for the semester.

Q. What are the application requirements?

A. For master's, PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (formerly PRAXIS I) (PPST) or waiver, minimum GPA of 2.67, 2 letters of recommendation, résumé. Additional exam requirements/recommendations for international students: Required - TOEFL (A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 84 on the Internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum score of 21 in reading and 23 in writing).

Our Office of Graduate Admissions is available to explain the application requirements and to help you get your application together. You may contact them by submitting a request for information or by phoning (203) 254-4184 or toll-free (888) 488-6840.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Tuition and fees for our graduate programs

Q. When are courses offered?

A. Most of our courses are offered from Monday-Thursday in the late afternoon and evening. A few courses are offered online. We also offer summer courses from late May through early August.

Q. Can I take classes before I am accepted into the program?

A. Yes, you are able to take up to six (6) credits as a non-matriculated student before being accepted into the program.

Q. What types of classes will I be taking?

A. Courses include topics such as, bilingualism, the role of culture in language acquisition, theories of learning, second language methods of teaching, curriculum and materials development, linguistics, and assessment of English language learners.

Q. What is the average class size?

A. We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from 6 to 20.

Q. What undergraduate degree or courses do I need to be eligible for admission?

A. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and have majored in a wide variety of disciplines. The Program Director reviews applicant's transcripts and identifies what courses, if any, the applicant needs in order to be admitted to the program.

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree?

A. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 9 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students, the program can be completed in about 2 years. For students who attend part time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students are required, however, to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

Q. What financial aid is available?

A. Our Office of Financial Aid can best answer that question for you. You may reach them by phoning (203) 254-4125 or by e-mailing them, and you can visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Our graduate assistantships provide tuition credit for work. Please see the information noted on the website regarding available positions. Additionally, there may be an opportunity to do an internship in a public school and earn up to $15,000 toward tuition. Email the Internship director for additional information.

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