CLAIR Admissions Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in CLAIR must meet the general requirements for admission to doctoral study in the Graduate School of Education and these specific requirements:
Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major or concentration in an appropriate field. To qualify for doctoral program, applicants must have earned a minimum graduate cumulative GPA of approximately 3.5 (B+).
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)/Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Applicants are required to submit scores, not older than five years, from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Information about the Graduate Record Examination is available at the Educational Testing Service Graduate Record Examination website at www.gre.org. Information about the Miller Analogies Test is available from its website at www.milleranalogies.com.
Personal and Professional Goals Appropriate to Program
This will be articulated in a personal statement as part of application to the program.
A minimum of two references are required with the application. The purpose of these references is to establish suitability for doctoral study in this program. Therefore, references should be from persons qualified to assess academic and professional potential.
An in-person interview will be required. For those applicants who are not able to come to campus for interview, a video or telephone conference is required.
Two Academic Writing Samples
Applicants are required to submit one academic writing sample with their application. A second, brief writing sample will be completed as part of the interview.
Specialization Admission Requirements
Students in the Contemporary Literacies specialization must provide evidence of completing at least two courses in language education, linguistics, the study of reading, or the study of writing prior to matriculation in the program. Students also must have at least three years of satisfactory, full-time teaching experience or the equivalent professional experience.
Students in the Language, Culture, and Equity specialization must provide evidence of at least one course in language, language development, language teaching, multilingualism, multiculturalism, cultural diversity, anti-bias curriculum, or culturally relevant instruction, or experience in work, volunteer work, fieldwork, internship, or study abroad experience immersing candidates in linguistically, economically, and culturally diverse communities.
Students in the Special Education specialization must provide evidence of completing at least two courses in special education (i.e., instruction, assessment, laws and policies) prior to matriculation in the program. Students also must have at least three years of satisfactory, full-time teaching experience or the equivalent professional experience in working with children with special needs and their families.