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Admission to Ella Cline Shear School of Education


Admissions Policy

All undergraduate programs require the submission of an application form and meeting several academic standards to qualify for admission. We recommend that students admitted to Geneseo as first year students apply for admission into the School of Education during their first semester at Geneseo. Students who add/change to education certification after starting at SUNY Geneseo should apply for admission to the School of Education during the same semester they change their major. Transfer students should apply for admission into the School of Education at the same time they apply to the college.

Admission criteria (you must meet all; the college will have this information on file):

  1. High School GPA of 3.0 for students admitted as freshman
  2. College GPA of 3.0 for all students with a college GPA
  3. ACT or SAT score (There is no minimum score required for admission; you just need a score)
  4. Admissions Essay (Personal Narrative - see below)
  5. Applicants (all classifications) who do not satisfy the GPA requirements may be accepted on a waiver basis

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions will be made on a monthly basis. Applications from transfer students and applications through a waiver will take additional time to process.

You CAN, and SHOULD apply during your first semester as a first year student whenever possible. You do not need to complete INTD 105 prior to applying to the School of Education. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the program. A 2.75 is required to continue in the program past Block I.

Admissions Essay Personal Narrative

Instructions: As part of your application for admission to the Ella Cline Shear School of Education, we ask you to submit an essay in response to two prompts (please label each section). The complete essay should be a maximum of two pages total.

  1. Discuss why you want to be a teacher. In your response, provide traits of successful teachers and a self-evaluation of your personal strengths and challenges related to being a teacher.
  2. Describe an event when you were involved in a teaching or helping role for one or more individual(s). In selecting the event you want to describe, consider one that has personal meaning to you (e.g., of high interest to you, or made you feel good, or did not work out well, etc.). In your narrative/essay, address the following items:
    1. Describe the situation/event.
    2. What did you do as a teacher/helper in this event?
    3. How did you feel about your participation in this event?
    4. In retrospect, how do you feel about this participation now?
    5. What would you change/have done differently?

Click here for the School of Education Admissions Application

Click here for Admissions Essay Rubric