Master’s Degree
Admission
Requirements

The Master’s Degree programs are 36 or 39-credit programs designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting or have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms.

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university – The degree must be verified on official transcripts sent by the awarding institution directly to Acacia University. Mail or secure electronic delivery is accepted.International applicants: Applicants submitting transcripts from non-US institutions must have their transcript evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency. This requirement does not apply to international applicants who received a degree from a US college or university.
  2. English language competency – Applicants whose first language is not English and do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university in which instruction is conducted in English must provide evidence of English proficiency. The following are accepted exams and minimum scores required for admission:
    • 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
    • 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
    • 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report
    • 100 on the Duolingo English Test
    • 55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET)
    • 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)
    • A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows:
      ESL Language Use: Score of 85
      ESL Listening: Score of 80
      ESL Reading: Score of 85
      ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90 
    • ESL Writeplacer: Score of 4
      Comprehensive Score for all exams of 350
    • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;
    • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge
  3. Verification of a teaching position or access to classrooms – confirmation of classroom and connectivity attestation through either a signed form https://www.acacia.edu/required-classroom-and-connectivity-attestation.pdf
    or declared via the Classroom and Connectivity Access Attestation section in the website admission form.
    • The Master of Arts in Elementary Education requires access to elementary classrooms.
    • The Master of Arts in Secondary Education requires access to secondary classrooms.
    • The Master of Education in Special Education requires access to Special Education classrooms for implementation of strategies and assignments.
    • The Master of Education in English as a Second Language requires access to classrooms with ESL students.
  4. Ongoing access to computer technology – All Acacia University courses are presented online so each applicant must have a computer and internet access to participate.

Regular Applicants

Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and are currently employed in public or private education at the elementary, secondary or higher education level are considered regular applicants to the program. The majority of applicants to this program are adults working in a variety of professional education settings. Consequently, prior class rank and/or grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process.

Special Applicants

An individual not qualifying as a regular applicant may apply as a special applicant. Special applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but must have an academic background equivalent to a bachelor’s degree earned in the United States.
Application for Admission to the Master’s Degree Programs
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