Master in Early Childhood Special Education

Admission Requirements

 To apply for admission, please submit:

  • An application for admission to graduate study.
  • Recommendations from three persons who can comment knowingly on your leadership qualities, communication skills, personal motivation, and potential for success in graduate study. These recommendations should be provided by academic and/or workplace professionals with whom you have been acquainted or by whom you have been supervised. 
  • A statement of purpose (1,000 words) describing your personal and professional goals and how the completion of the graduate degree will enhance them. 
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.  
  • A current résumé documenting your work history. Please provide enough detail to document levels of responsibilities, areas of professional growth, and prior professional training experiences.
  • Students may apply to this program for the Fall Term only.

In addition, the program coordinator will request an interview with you.  

Students from outside the United States must also submit the following:

  • An official course-by-course evaluation in English by a foreign credentials agency of all university transcripts (along with copies of the transcripts themselves). 
  • Proof of English proficiency, as evidenced by a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Program-specific admission requirements

  • Prerequisite courses: Child Development or Life Span Development; Exceptional Child.
  • A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 for all undergraduate work.

Conditional admission
You may apply for conditional admission before completing the prerequisite courses. Conditional admission guarantees your acceptance into the program after you have earned at least a B in the prerequisite courses. You may be considered for admission to the graduate program if it is possible for you to complete the prerequisites before the program begins.

To get an application:

  • Apply online
  • Download an application (pdf), complete it, and mail it to us 
  • Request an application by e-mail 
  • Call (630) 617-3300 
  • Write the School for Professional Studies, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3296 
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