Applicants for the M.A. in Elementary Education must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting the standards set by the School. Applicants for certification must have completed at least 39 general education credits, including at least one course in the each of the following areas:
- Natural science
- Social studies (including a survey course in U.S. history)
- Foreign language
- Fine arts
- U.S. history survey course (covering at least 50 years)
No more than 6 credits of prerequisite coursework may be missing to be eligible for formal admission; this coursework must be completed before student teaching begins.
Formal Admission Process
Students seeking admission must submit:
- A Completed online application.
- A Non-refundable $60 Application fee paid by credit card.
- A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
- An Admission Essay. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in Elementary Education (submit online).
- Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 2.67 (or receive a GPA waiver from the department, available on a case by case basis). You must hold a bachelor's degree with an approved subject major or interdisciplinary major. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
- Passing scores for the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (formerly PRAXIS I) test requirement or have this requirement waived based on appropriate SAT, ACT, GRE or PAA scores.
- Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
- Participation in an Admission Interview.
Students from Non-English Speaking Countries
Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. 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 is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.
All application materials for formal admission should be sent to:
Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073
How to Apply
For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:
Students applying for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions have a number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities specific to their education. To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.