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4/27/2016

New Graduate Entrance Exam Requirement for Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Applicants

New York State has approved and enacted a law that requires all colleges and universities with graduate-level teacher and educational leadership programs to require candidates to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a substantially equivalent admission assessment.

This law applies to all candidates who begin studies on or after July 1, 2016 in any teacher education (initial certification, professional certification, or certificate extension programs) or educational leadership (school building leader or school district leader) program leading to New York State certification.

Candidates matriculating (i.e., starting their coursework on July 1 or anytime thereafter) are therefore required, by New York State law, to submit official scores from the GRE General Test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Teacher candidates may alternatively submit the Academic Literacy Skills Test(ALST), which is also a requirement for certification. Candidates who have taken another standardized graduate school entrance exam should check with Admissions to see if it qualifies as a substantially equivalent admission assessment.

The Warner School looks at each applicant individually. As with all materials submitted as part of an application, test scores will be viewed as a part of a more complex and integrated whole, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic, personal, and professional qualifications to be a teacher or school leader.

Candidates Entering in Summer 2016

Candidates in a position to apply immediately (deadline June 15, 2016) and take a course or internship seminar this summer may be able to get ahead of this requirement and should consult with Admissions to discuss options.  While the deadline is June 15, applicants considering this option should complete the application as soon as possible and be ready to start a course no later than Summer B.

Candidates Entering in Fall 2016

Candidates planning to start a program in Fall 2016 should continue with their application even if they have not yet taken the GRE or other exam.

Candidates who have taken one of the exams should submit official scores with the application.

Candidates who have not taken one of the exams prior must make plans to do so and submit official test scores no later than October 15, 2016.  Scores submitted after admission will not affect admission or student status and will only be used for official school compliance and reporting purposes.

Candidates for Spring 2017 and Thereafter

If you would like to apply for admission for Spring 2017 or later, you must submit an appropriate test score by the application deadline.

Should you have any questions, please contact Admissions:

Warner School Admissions
admissions@warner.rochester.edu
(585) 275-3950

Tags: admissions, entrance exam, GRE, MAT