Admission Requirements

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To apply for admission, students will need to:

  1. Fill out the application
  2. Send in all official transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Submit information for at least one reference (a principal or adviser) on the application

Applicants for whom English is a second language must have an adequate command of English as demonstrated by their performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The institutional code is 6171 and the department code is 3101.

Materials can be mailed to:

Dordt University
Graduate Studies Office 
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Types of Admission

Students may be admitted under one of the following categories:

Regular Admission for Curriculum and Instruction and Administration 

Regular Admission is granted to all candidates who have met all the admissions criteria. Additional requirements include:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution in education.
  • Official transcripts sent to the Director of Graduate Studies from your undergraduate institution as well as transcripts from any graduate level course that you would like to have considered for transfer into the program.
  • Resume.
  • A recommendation form completed by your administrator or supervisor.
  • Successful teaching experience at the P-12 level for a minimum of one year.

Regular Admission for Sport Leadership

Regular admission is granted to all candidates who have met all of the admission criteria:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts sent to the Director of Graduate Studies from your undergraduate institution as well as transcripts from any graduate level course that you would like to have considered for transfer into the program.
  • Resume.
  • A recommendation form completed by your administrator or supervisor.
  • Completion of 24 hours of undergraduate coursework in sport management, physical education, education, business, or psychology or 500 hours of direct coaching, teaching, or related supervisory experience (e.g., camp counseling).

Administrative License Only

Administrative license only status may be granted to candidates applying for admission to the School Leadership specialization who already have a master’s degree in education that includes the curriculum and instruction courses required in this specialization. Students with this status will not earn an additional master’s degree but will be recommended for an Iowa administrative license upon completion of their licensing-only plan of study. Students meeting the following criteria may be granted this status:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and completion of at least 24 hours of undergraduate course work in education. A graduate degree in education that includes three or more courses equivalent to Educ 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 560, 561, 562, 563, and 564. The overall GPA earned in this previous program must be 3.0 or above, and the grade point in each accepted equivalent course must be 3.0 or above. Courses used for equivalencies must not be more than 10 years old at the time of completion of the Dordt University plan of study.
  • Official transcripts sent to the Director of Graduate Studies from both your undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Resume.
  • A recommendation form completed by your administrator or supervisor.
  • Successful teaching experience at the P-12 level for a minimum of one year or a minimum of 500 hours of verified experiences in teaching or direct coaching beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Endorsement Only

Endorsement only status may be granted to candidates applying for admission to the Special Education, Developmental Reading, or Early Childhood Education specializations who already have a teacher’s license and wish to add an endorsement area to that license. Students with this status will not earn a master’s degree but will be recommended for an Iowa license endorsement upon completion of their endorsement-only plan of study. Taking only the required courses in these specializations may not fully qualify one for an endorsement, which requires meeting all requirements of the endorsement (including as necessary appropriate courses in one’s undergraduate program). Students meeting the following criteria may be granted this status.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and completion of at least 24 hours of undergraduate course work in education. A graduate degree in education that includes three or more courses equivalent to Educ 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 560, 561, 562, 563, and 564. The overall GPA earned in this previous program must be 3.0 or above, and the grade point in each accepted equivalent course must be 3.0 or above. Courses used for equivalencies must not be more than 10 years old at the time of completion of the Dordt University plan of study.
  • Official transcripts sent to the Director of Graduate Studies from both your undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Resume.
  • A recommendation form completed by your administrator or supervisor.
  • Successful teaching experience at the P-12 level for a minimum of one year or a minimum of 500 hours of verified experiences in teaching or direct coaching beyond the bachelor’s degree.

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who do not currently meet all of the criteria for regular admission. Status of conditionally admitted students will be reviewed after nine hours of graduate course work have been completed. The grade point average in graduate course work of the student needs to be at least 3.0 before the conditional admission status can be changed to regular admission status.

SPECIAL ADMISSION

Special admission may be granted to those who do not plan to become candidates for a master’s program but wish to participate in one or more graduate courses. Admission may be granted by providing the following:

  • A completed application for program admission.
  • A transcript of all undergraduate and graduate credit received.

Registration

Next Start Date: January 13, 2022

Registrations are accepted after admission is completed. 

Transfer of Credit

Students can transfer a total of nine semester hours of graduate work with a minimum of a B grade. All nine semester hours can come from any ARCU* institution. A maximum of six semester hours may come from non-ARCU colleges, but the last three hours must come from an ARCU institution. (For example: if a student enters the program with six semester hours in graduate education from a state university, an additional three hours may be taken through one of Calvin College’s online courses.)

The ARCU institutions include: Calvin College, Covenant College, Dordt University, Geneva College, Institute for Christian Studies, Redeemer University College, the King’s University College, and Trinity Christian College.

*Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities

Note: Courses older than 10 years at the end of a student's Dordt studies will not be accepted for transfer credit.