Is this program for me?

Students in Inclusive Special Education (Grades 7-12) Generalist come from a range of backgrounds - some have certification in either early childhood or special education, some have certification in another area of teaching, and some have no previous educational coursework or certifications. Student applications and credentials are evaluated on an individual basis regardless of their teaching background.

Based on their transcripts, some students may need to take additional liberal arts prerequisite courses in order to graduate from the Inclusive program - these do not need to be taken before applying or acceptance, and in most cases can be completed during graduate study at Syracuse. Interested students should contact Marie Sarno, Program Specialist, as early as possible (including before applying) to have unofficial transcripts reviewed against the liberal arts requirements.  This allows more time to enroll in needed courses. 

What I need to apply?

  • Graduate teacher preparation and school leadership candidates must submit:
    • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination.
    • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • Personal essay demonstrating candidates’ beliefs about student learning, commitment to diversity, enthusiasm for learning, willingness to foster collaboration, and ethics.
  • An earned (or about to be earned) bachelor’s degree and official transcripts
  • Strong professor and/or employer recommendations.
  • Experience working with young people in formal or informal capacities.

What is the Application Deadline?

There is no firm application deadline.  Those who wish to apply for a School of Education Scholarship should apply by January 15 for the following summer or fall (scholarship questions should be directed to Angela Flanagan at 315-443-4754). We also suggest this deadline for others, although applications are considered for Fall, Spring or Summer.

For general information about graduate admissions and study, please contact Speranza Migliore at or 315-443-2505.

Ready to apply?

Syracuse University Graduate School Application