Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, students will need to:

  1. Fill out the 2017 application form
  2. Send a $25 application fee (payable to Dordt College)
  3. Send in transcripts
  4. Request a reference form/recommendation from a principal or supervisor.

Types of Admission

Students may be admitted under one of the following categories:

REGULAR ADMISSION is granted to all candidates who have met all the admissions criteria. Additional requirements include the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or higher) from an accredited institution and completion of at least 24 hours of undergraduate course work that includes the following content areas: educational psychology, applied educational psychology, learner differences, learning environments, curriculum and methods (2 courses), philosophy of education, and statistics.
  2. Successful teaching experience at the K-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 may be granted to applicants who do not currently meet all of the criteria for regular admission.

Conditional status will be reviewed upon successful completion of nine semester hours of graduate credit at Dordt College. The graduate course work grade point average must be at least 3.0 and other regular admission requirements must be met before conditional admission status can be changed to regular admission status.

SPECIAL ADMISSION may be granted to those who do not plan to become candidates for the Master of Education program but wish to participate in one or more graduate courses. Please contact the Graduate Education Office for further details.


After admission is completed, registrations are accepted.

Registration form

Office of Graduate Education
Dordt College
498 4th Ave. NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Contact us if you would like us to mail you copies of the forms.

Transfer of Credit

Students are permitted to transfer a total of nine semester hours of graduate work with a minimum of a B grade. All nine semester hours may come from any participating ARCU* institution, while a maximum of six semester hours may come from non-ARCU colleges, permitting an additional three hours to 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 following colleges are ARCU institutions: Calvin College, Covenant College, Dordt College, 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 taken more than 10 years ago will not be considered for transfer credit.






To request more information, contact the Dordt College Office of Graduate Education at:

Office of Graduate Education
Dordt College
498 4th Ave. NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Phone: (712) 722-6236 or 1 (800) 343-6738