Application and Forms

Admission is a two-step process. First, you must apply to the UNC Graduate School and International Admissions. Completed applications are evaluated and then forwarded to the School of Special Education faculty for review and recommendation. Contact the Graduate School and International Admissions office (970 351-2831) or get an application online.

Submit the following materials along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the processing of your application.

  • A completed UNC Graduate School application form
  • Two official transcripts from every accredited college or university attended since high school.
  • Two letters of reference from supervisors, university faculty, or colleagues.
  • Statement of educational philosophy and goals.
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants.
  • A copy of your teacher license or verification of passing the Elementary Content PLACE or PRAXIS II test.

The form used for a letter of recommendation must include a letter either printed on the back of the form or attached.  The letter must have an original signature. E-mailed letters with no original signature will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation may come from academic professors, employers, or from someone who is familiar with your work and professional career.

In addition to the applications and letters of recommendation, the School of Special Education requires a written Statement of Educational Philosophy and Goals.  This need not be lengthy. A statement regarding your teaching philosophy and why you want the degree is sufficient; usually 1or 2 word-processed pages. 

The Graduate School and International Admissions office will hold the application until all original transcripts have been received, whether the on-line application or the printed application is used.  The Graduate School and International Admissions office will not forward the application to the School of Special Education until all items have been received. The speed of processing the application depends on how long it takes for the Graduate School and International Admissions office to receive the materials.