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9. Criteria for Graduate Admission To Degree Status

- A foreign student should possess equivalent credentials.

- A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a four (4) point scale

- A complete application file will include the following:

- An application to Norfolk State University and the Early Childhood/Elementary and Special Education Program

- Non-refundable application fee (certified check or money order made payable to Norfolk State University)

- Three letters of recommendation from persons of professional/ supervisory status who are familiar with the applicant’s background and potential to pursue rigorous academic study at the graduate level

- An official copy of the complete transcript(s) from each college and/or university attended

- Personal statement of professional interest and goals

The personal statement is an important part of the application for admission and should be carefully prepared. It should also include a discussion of the individual’s philosophy of teaching that addresses the role of culture and its implications for educating citizens not only to compete in the global marketplace, but also to collaborate in the global village.

- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


The department reserves the right to request a personal interview with the applicant if it is deemed necessary. The applicant may also request an interview.

All application materials must be sent to Graduate Studies by  March 1 for consideration in the fall, March 1 for the summer, and by October 1 for consideration in the spring. See more information in the University graduate catalog and on the Admissions’ webpage.