HOW TO APPLY

DEADLINES AND APPLICATION TIMELINE

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after the following priority deadlines:
Priority Deadline #1:
November 1st
Interviews: November 27 -December 1
Notification: End of December

Priority Deadline #2:
February 1st (also deadline for scholarship and fellowship applications)
Interviews: February 26 -March 2
Notification: End of March


APPLICATION PROCESS

The application requirements for the MAE Residency Certification, Alternate Routes, and Non-Certification programs are the same – with the exception of the WEST-B/E requirement for non-certification international students.

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs,  All official transcripts must be submitted to GradCAS, not PLU.

  • Create your application portal account (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select the following items to start
    • Term – Select the term you plan to start
    • Institution – Type Pacific Lutheran University in the Search field or use the Filters to search
    • Program – Select and add the program which you are applying for
      • Master of Arts in Education with Teacher Certification
      • Master of Arts in Education: Alternative Routes to Certification
      • Master of Arts in Education: Non-Certification
  • Complete all required application questions.

(Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal)

Recommendations

  • Identify two references on your application.
    • One specific to your work with young people
    • One specific to your academics (college/university)
  • Your references will receive an email invitation from gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com with instructions for completing the reference electronically.
  • If your recommenders need assistance, please visit the Letters by Liaison Help Center.

Resume

Upload resume via the application portal that includes your:

  • Employment history
  • Significant academic, professional and community achievements
  • Honors and awards

Application essay

  • Identify and discuss three values that will guide your educational practice in your classroom. It should be between 500 and 750 words, double spaced, 12 point font.
  • Upload your application essay via the application portal.

Application Fee

  • Pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee.

Note: If you need to submit additional documents after submitting the online application, you can email them to gradadmission@plu.edu.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to GradCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates do not need to submit PLU transcripts.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • GradCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. GradCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select GradCAS.
  • Include your full GradCAS ID number when entering the GradCAS mailing address.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

*WEST-B test is not required for international non-certification students.

In Washington State, you will have a Residency Teaching Certificate with one or more endorsements on it. Endorsements indicate which particular subject areas and grade levels you are qualified to teach. For example: Elementary Education K8, Visual Arts K-12, or Mathematics 5-12 (a complete list is available here). Washington State requires a content test for every endorsement area (passed by June 1 of start year). We have developed a reflection and planning tool to help you determine which endorsement(s) you would like to pursue.

Once the applications are reviewed, candidates advancing to the next stage of review will be invited to an interview appointment.

Interview for November 1 priority applications: November 27 – December 1
Interview for February 1priroity applications: February 26 – March 2

(Dates are subject to change)

  • Must have a passing score (240) on the WEST-E and (220) on the NES (or equivalent) for your intended endorsements by June 1st. You are strongly encouraged to take the test early as candidates may not start the summer without passing scores. World Language applicants must also take the written and verbal portions of the ACTFL.
  • You must complete any missing content coursework before starting your student teaching internship in the fall.

In addition to the documents listed in the above sections, international applicants also submit the following materials:

  • International transcripts Evaluation – Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be evaluated by one of the following two agencies for course-by-course conversion and an overall GPA calculation. Evaluation report along with the certified copy of your transcripts must be mailed directly to GradCAS by the evaluation agency.
  • English translation is also required if the documents are in a language other than English. Translation must be provided by recognized translation services.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • IELTS or TOEFL Minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 80 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
    • TOFEL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution. The institution code for PLU is 4597.
    • We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report as we can verify with the testing agency.

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit a Passport picture page
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support dated within 12 months.

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center, or contact GradCAS Customer Service at: (857) 304-2042 or gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com