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When to Apply

Prospective students should apply for admission not less than one month before the beginning of the term for which entry is intended.

An applicant for regular status in the graduate program is expected to

  1. show evidence of having received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale);
  2. hold, or be eligible to hold, a North Carolina Standard Professional 1 or 2 license in Elementary Education;
  3. provide evidence of acceptable National Teacher Examination scores, PRAXIS scores, or test scores used by other states and accepted by the State of North Carolina for reciprocal licensing;
  4. provide three satisfactory letters of recommendation from persons who have knowledge of the applicant's academic and professional performance or potential;
  5. complete a satisfactory interview with the Director of the Graduate Program; and
  6. complete and submit all necessary application forms including a personal statement concerning reasons for desiring graduate study.

Applicants must be currently teaching in a K-6 classroom and should have at least one year of teaching experience.

Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant with an undergraduate grade point average slightly under 3.0 if there is evidence of academic ability sufficient to complete the program. Under such circumstances, the conditionally-admitted person must maintain a 3.0 average for the first four courses taken to be eligible to continue.

Catawba College will accept up to six semester hours of transfer credit for graduate courses taken at other regionally accredited graduate degree granting institutions. No grades will be given for such credit, nor will these credits be considered in the computation of a final grade point average.

Students not admitted to the graduate program will be permitted to register for graduate courses at Catawba College under the following circumstances:

  1. The courses taken have been approved for transfer credit to another graduate program.
  2. The courses taken are needed for teacher licensure renewal credit.
  3. The courses taken are for personal fulfillment only and ordinarily may not be applied to a graduate degree program.

Transfer credit will be given only for graduate courses in which grades of "B" or above are earned and which are courses approved for the student's program. No undergraduate course credits will be counted in the total requirements for the degree program.

Regularly enrolled graduate students at Catawba College who plan to take a course at other institutions must have completed appropriate forms in the Registrar's Office and have the course approved by the Director of the Graduate Program before beginning the course. Such a course taken without prior approval may not be accepted for credit.

Conditional admission may be granted if the applicant has an initial or continuing license in a related field of study. However, the student must have passed the PRAXIS II tests in Elementary Education to be admitted as a master's candidate.