The School of Education Office of Admissions and Recruitment reviews all coursework documented on transcripts during the admissions process to determine if an applicant has met all requirements for entrance to a graduate program. Graduate students may be admitted with conditions due to missing prerequisite coursework (up to 12 undergraduate credits missing), exams, or pending NYS Certification. Admissions conditions are listed on the physical letter of acceptance to Hunter College.
How to Satisfy Coursework Admissions Conditions
Graduate Students may be admitted with undergraduate course admissions conditions if they did not meet all liberal arts or content-specific course requirements for their graduate program. Admissions requirements for each program are listed on the admission page for each program.
Undergraduate coursework conditions can be satisfied in a number of ways. When admissions conditions are complete, students must provide evidence such as a transcript, evaluation report, or score report in the Admissions Conditions Completion Form.
Provide Evidence of Prior Course Completion
- Provide evidence such as a course description or syllabus to demonstrate that an undergraduate course you already completed fulfills a requirement.
- Provide evidence of a 4 or 5 score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
- For Foreign Language admission conditions only:
Provide a high school transcript showing 3 years of the same foreign language with a grade of C or higher. TESOL students can use high school study to satisfy up to 6 credits in foreign language only if they did not take introductory level courses for the same language in college. See below for disability-related accommodations and Foreign Language course waivers.
Exams accepted towards Admissions Conditions
- Take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam offered by the College Board and pass with a score of 50 or higher. CLEP scores below 50/80 are not accepted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of approved exams.
- NYU Proficiency 12 point Exam Students who receive 12/12 points for the exam may satisfy 12 credits of foreign language admissions conditions.
Complete an undergraduate-level course for college credit at any regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C- or better. Online coursework is acceptable.
Students seeking to complete their admission condition at Hunter College will not be able to use graduate financial aid toward the cost of the course(s) and must be prepared to pay for the course through another method. For questions on admission conditions and financial aid impacts, please contact School of Education Reception at email@example.com.
Undergraduate courses at Hunter College: Language(s) other than English/Foreign Language
- Identify the undergraduate foreign language course you are interested in pursuing via CUNYfirst
- Schedule a foreign language placement exam through the Hunter College Leona & Marcy Chanin Language Center.
- Adjustments due to COVID-19
- There is now a special Spanish Language Online Placement Exam for enrolled Hunter students
- Italian and French language placements will be conducted by phone or via zoom.
- Adjustments due to COVID-19
- Request registration permission using the Arts & Sciences Permission Request to Meet Admission Conditions form.
Graduate courses at Hunter College: Language(s) other than English/Foreign Language
- Students may choose to take graduate-level courses in American Sign Language I and/or II (SPED 72000 and SPED 72100) through the Special Education Department at the Hunter College School of Education to fulfill their foreign language admissions condition. To request permission, complete the Special Education Course Permission Request Form for Closed Courses & Courses Outside Program
Undergraduate courses at Hunter College: All other Liberal Arts & Science
- Identify the undergraduate course you are interested in pursuing via CUNYfirst
- Request registration permission using the Arts & Sciences Permission Request to Meet Admission Conditions form
Undergraduate courses at other CUNY campuses
- Identify the undergraduate course you are interested in pursuing via CUNYfirst. Alternately, you may review courses across CUNY campuses using the CUNY Global Course Search Request permission via ePermit. Monitor your ePermit for registration permission.
Undergraduate courses outside of CUNY
- For Science admission conditions only: Take any American Museum of Natural History online Seminar on Science, such as “The Diversity of Fishes.” Course registration should be completed directly on the American Museum of Natural History website.
- In order to verify whether a course at another public or private institution will count towards your admissions conditions, email the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include your name, your EMPLID, the institution name, the course name, and a link to the course description. If verified, please follow your chosen institution’s policies and procedures to register for the course.
Disability-Related Accommodations and Foreign Language Course Waiver:
For students with a documented disability and or a medical condition, we strongly advise that you contact the Office of AccessABILITY, located in East 1214, call 212-772-4857 for an appointment or email email@example.com, to secure academic accommodations.
Students whose disability prevents them from completing a foreign language course requirement must be assessed by the Office of AccessABILITY, and receive approval for Foreign Language course substitution, as required by Hunter Faculty Senate.
Students who have received Foreign Language course substitutions or waivers at another institution must submit an academic transcript accompanied by an official letter from the institution listing the course taken in substitution for the foreign language course-related disabilities.
In June 2017, the School of Education adopted new liberal arts and science admission requirements for many, but not all, teacher education master’s degree and advanced certificate programs. In accordance with the requirements for certification by the New York State Education Department, applicants to these programs are required to have:
“a General Education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, concepts in history and social sciences, humanities, a language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, and written analysis and expression”
Students admitted prior to Fall 2018 may request a second review of their admissions conditions using the new guidelines by submitting the re-evaluation request form. Students are advised to complete the form and await results prior to enrolling in coursework to satisfy the admission conditions.
Students can be admitted to a program with the condition that they submit official GRE scores within the first semester. Acceptance letters indicate the deadline by which the official score report must be submitted. Plan to take the exam 3-4 weeks prior to the deadline. Official scores should be sent by ETS to Hunter College using the code 2301. GRE scores are only valid for 5 years.
List of School of Education programs that do not require the GRE
To confirm receipt of your official GRE score, check your application portal or contact the Graduate Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many School of Education graduate programs require prior New York State Teacher Certification for admission. In some situations, applicants are admitted with the condition that they receive NYS certification within a timeframe determined by the school. Applicants interested in learning more about certification should visit the New York State Education Department.
If you were admitted with a TCERT Admissions Condition, a hold will be placed on your CUNYfirst account if certification is not obtained by the date listed on your mailed acceptance letter. Please contact our Office of Academic and Student Affairs at email@example.com with proof of certification completion if the deadline for your TCERT Admissions Condition has passed.
Many School of Education graduate programs require prior New York State Teacher Certification for admission. The information below is for students who were admitted to the School of Education with a teaching certification-based admission condition and need support completing the edTPA.
- Determine your eligibility for the edTPA Safety Net. The Safety Net was enacted by NYSED to address disruptions caused by COVID-19. Your Administrative Advisor can support you in determining eligibility. You can find your advisor by selecting your program from the list and then scrolling down to the advisor section.
If you are not eligible for the edTPA Safety Net:
- Review the deadline by which you must fulfill your admission condition. This information is contained in your acceptance letter. If you can not find this information, please contact your Administrative Advisor in the Office of Academic & Student Affairs. You can find your advisor by selecting your program from the list and then scrolling down to the advisor section.
- Review the Getting Started section on the School of Education edTPA Resources website.
- Attend the edTPA Support for Unaffiliated Candidates Webinar Series: A Guide to Completing edTPA
- Determine if you have a placement site or will need support with placement. If you need support with placement, please contact your Administrative Advisor in the Office of Academic & Student Affairs. You can find your advisor by selecting your program from the list and then scrolling down to the advisor section.
When admissions conditions are complete, you must send evidence of a transcript, evaluation report, or score report by completing the “Admissions Conditions Completion Form” below.
For questions about admission conditions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.