MA Teacher Education: Admission Information

Admission Requirements

This checklist is meant to be used as a guide to assure you have completed all of the requirements for consideration for admittance into the Teacher Education master’s program. Exceptions to requirements will be considered on an individual basis and must be requested in writing prior to the application deadline. Any requests for exceptions should be addressed to the Teacher Education graduate coordinator.

  • Graduate Studies online application: (Check website for due dates)
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement. A new, two-part endorsement is required from all applicants with Bishop and Stake President interviews completed. Start the process here: > Student > Applicant. Non-LDS applicants interview with their local church leader and the BYU Chaplain. This includes agreeing to live by the BYU Honor Code.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0 (or equivalent, for international students)
  • Accredited bachelor’s degree in area of early childhood, elementary or secondary education, or related field
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • One year of teaching practice, preferred
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic sources (if you have teaching experience, at least one of these should be from a member of school administration, e.g., principal or district representative)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. An additional letter stating reasons for lower than desired scores may accompany your application.
  • A well-written statement of intent. Please carefully review the guidelines on the Teacher Education website for instructions on what to include in this statement. (Statement of Intent)
  • Current résumé
  • Teacher Education scholarship application (as needed)
  • Scheduled interview (upon review of your application, at the discretion of the MSE graduate committee, you may be contacted for a panel interview, either on site or video conference)

Application Process

Complete the application for admission to graduate study through BYU Graduate Studies. The following steps are adapted from the Application for Graduate Study Checklist:

  • Submit your application no later than 9:59 p.m. mountain standard time by February 1.
  • Obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement. Agree to abide by the Honor Code and receive an ecclesiastical endorsement. All applicants should start the process early to obtain an endorsement. All applicants need an endorsement interview with a bishop and a stake president (or local religious leader and BYU chaplain) before your application can be fully considered. Current or continuing BYU students applying for graduate school must also obtain a new endorsement. Start this process at
  • Submit your unofficial transcript. See instructions on the Graduate Studies website for how to upload your transcript to your application.
  • Request three letters of recommendation. Request three online letters of recommendation from three professors or professionals. Letters are sent electronically through the application. You will need the recommenders' names and email addresses.
  • Submit a statement of intent. The application provides general instructions for preparing this document. Please follow this link for more specific prompts in preparing your statement of intent
  • Submit a résumé. Applicants must include a current résumé with the application.
  • Submit GRE test scores. Use BYU's institution code (-4019).


Applications are due February 1. Students are admitted every even-numbered year beginning in the summer term. All application materials must be submitted online to the Graduate Studies office, which will forward items required by the department. Applicants may check the status of their application at any time. 

International Students

Student Visa Requirements

  • The MA in Teacher Education program is a part-time program and does not meet the credit requirements for a student visa. International students who do not require a student visa to study in the United States should contact the graduate coordinator or graduate program manager for further information.

Further Questions?

Questions concerning the requirements and procedures for program application and admission should be directed to one of the following:

  • Ramona Cutri, PhD, graduate coordinator:
  • Teacher Education graduate secretary: (801) 422-2089

Department of Teacher Education
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Telephone: (801) 422-2089
Fax: (801) 422-0652