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Additional Application Requirements

Which programs have additional application requirements or instructions?

Ed.L.D.  Doctor of Education Leadership

Ed.M.  Language and Literacy | Learning and Teaching | School Leadership | Specialized StudiesTeacher Education

Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) 


Short Essay prompt (500 words)
Describe a strategy from outside your organization — or even the education sector — that could radically improve the American preK-12 education system.

Interviews
Once all applications have been reviewed, HGSE will invite selected applicants to campus for a day of required interviews (both individual and group) with members of the admissions committee. Interviews will take place in February 2020.

Language and Literacy (Ed.M.)


Literacy Coach
Applicants to the Literacy Coach strand of the Language and Literacy program must possess a minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience. Please list the dates and locations of your teaching employment in a Word document and upload it in the Employment section of the online application.

Licensure as a Reading Specialist Teacher
If you are interested in pursuing licensure as a Reading Specialist, you must submit the following:

  • A photocopy of your teaching license
  • An employment verification form on official school letterhead signed by your principal or other administrator verifying your employment. This form must include the name(s) of the school(s) where you have taught as a full-time teacher for at least one year and include the dates of employment. Please note that the teaching experience must be in the state in which you hold the license. If you are not currently working as a teacher, you will still need to obtain verification regarding your prior employment, confirming your teaching experience.

To assist you, we are providing a template (Word doc) of the form that both HGSE and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will accept to document experience.

Both the copy of your teaching license and your employment verification form should be uploaded in the Employment section of the online application.

Learning and Teaching (Ed.M.)


Instructional Leadership
Applicants to the Instructional Leadership strand of the Learning and Teaching program must possess a minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience. Please list the dates and locations of your teaching employment in a Word Document and upload it in the Employment section of the online application.

School Leadership (Ed.M.)


Principal Licensure
If you are interested in the Principal Licensure strand of the School Leadership program, you must submit the following items with the application:

  • A photocopy of your teaching license, if you have a teaching license
  • An employment verification form on official school letterhead signed by your principal or other administrator verifying your employment. This form must include the name(s) of the school(s) where you have taught as a full-time teacher for at least three years and include the dates of employment. Please note: the teaching experience must be in the state in which you hold the license.

To assist you, we are providing a template (Word doc) of the form that both HGSE and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will accept to document experience. Both the copy of your teaching license and your employment verification form should be uploaded in the Employment section of the online application.

Specialized Studies (Ed.M.)


Applicants to the Specialized Studies program must submit the following items and upload it in the Additional Materials section of the online application.

  • Using this template (PDF), please outline a tentative course of study (eight-to-ten courses that reflect your unique focus). You may choose courses from any of Harvard's affiliated faculties (although at least half of your total credits must be from HGSE courses).
  • Then, in the space provided, briefly discuss how your particular plan of study will help you achieve the specific academic and professional goals you have identified in your Statement of Purpose. (300 word maximum).

Teacher Education (Ed.M.)


All TEP applicants
If you are applying to the Teacher Education Program, please use the template for your intended subject area in order to list all of the post-secondary courses you have taken and AP credits you have earned that address each particular topic. Also list any courses that you have taken/are taking in fall 2019 or intend to take in spring 2020. The appropriate template will be found in the online application.