Getting Started

Welcome to teacher education at Auburn University. This page is geared towards helping you work through the application process.

Graduate School Requirements

Online Application

Current Résumé

Please plan to provide an electronic version of an updated résumé an/or curriculum vitae in a standard format. File types accepted include .pdf and .docx.

Statement of Intent

All students should be able to provide an electronic version of their statement of intent. This one-page document may include personal reflections on things such as teaching philosophies and career goals.

Additional Materials

Some applicants may be required to provide additional matierals as requested. Please note that the admissions committee may can request additional letters of recommendation or even a traditional face to face interview.

Desired Program Type

There are multiple levels and types of programs from which you may choose. Picking the most appropriate will save time and confusion in the admissions process.
  • Graduate Certificate (GCERT) - 3-4 Semesters - Results in no certificaiton. Typically 15 credit hours. May be had outside of a degree program. GRE required.
  • Master of Science (MS) - 4-6 Semesters - Results in no certification. Typically 30 credit hours including orientation and capstone experiences. GRE required.
  • Alternative Master of Education (MED) - 5-7 Semesters - Results in Class A certification. Typically 40-45 credit hours including internship, teaching methods, content, and adviser-approved coursework. GRE Required. The alternative MED is for initial licensure. It results in a master's degree and master's-level certification. Does not require prior certification.
  • Traditional Master of Education (MED) - 4-6 Semesters - Results in Class A certification. Typically 30 credit hours including teaching methods, content, and adviser-approved coursework. GRE Required. Requires bachelor's-level certification for admission.
  • Educational Specialist (EDS) - 4-6 Semesters - Results in Class AA certification. Typically 30 credit hours beyond master's degree. Includes teaching methods, content, and adviser-approved coursework. GRE may be required. Requires master's-level certification for admission.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) - 4-7 Years- Results in no certification. Typically 90 credit hours including dissertation (10), transfer work (30), and new coursework (50). Includes adviser-approved educational research, teaching methods, and content coursework.

Required Background Check

All applicants on all levels (domestic and international) are required to register with the The Alabama Beuraus of Invistigation. This is done through Cogent ID Systems. Visit the Cogent link below to begin that process. Note that it is important to register with Cogent online before visiting a fingerprint center.

Holders of current and valid Alabama teaching certificates need not complete this step.

GRE Scores

Graduate Record Exam scores are required of all applicants. Visit the ETS website to register for the Revised General Exam. Note that official records should go to The Graduate School at Auburn University (code: 1005).

To be considered "typical" applicants for MED, MS, and EDS programs will score a cumulative 294 or better on the quantitative and verbal sections. PHD applicants should have a 300 or better. It is important to remember that admissions are considered on a holistic bases and are seldom rejected based on GRE alone.

Note: Applicants who already hold a master's degree with an acceptable GPA may be exempt from taking the GRE. Please work through the program coordinator, Graduate Student Services Coordinator, and/or Graduate Programs Officer for more information. Note that these case are rare exceptions to the rule. PHD applicants must provide GRE scores.

Official Transcripts

The Graduate School at Auburn University requires official transcripts from all previosuly attended colleges. Electronic transcripts may be sent to or mailed to the address below.

The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5122

On-Campus or Online Courses

Many programs offer some or all of their required courses with online options. Please research your intended program area to ensure that its course format meets your needs. Please also be aware that some online programs will require one or more in-person meetings. It is important that applicants work through program coordinators and/or the Coordinator of Graduate Student Services (contact informaiton below).

Interstate Online Learning Agreements

Applicants to online programs are responsible for ensuring that their home states allow for coursework and internship experiences from Alabama.

Teaching Certificate

Traditional MED and EDS programs require prior teaching certificaiton in one's field. Alternative MED programs do not require such certificaiton but typically include extended coursework. EDS programs require prior master's-level certification. PHD programs are not certified in the State of Alabama and do not always require prior teaching certification for admission.


Alternative MED programs will require a full range of internship and clinical residency experiences. Out of state students should coordinate throught he Professional Education Services (PES) Office to recieve approval to use a local school for internship experiences. These approvals can take several months to process. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about these things early in the program.

Teacher Testing

Applicants to alternative MED programs will be required to take the Alabama Basic Skills Test (BST) during their first semester of course work. Also, the Praxis Exam will be required. Please work through the Professional Educaiton Services (PES) Office for information on test dates and availability.

Note: Beginning Fall 2018, alternative MED students will complete the edTPA requirement instead of the Praxis Exam. More information on this requirement will be forthcoming. Students admitted for or after Fall 2016 should plan to complete the edTPA requirement.

WES Transcript Translations

international only
International applicants to certification (MED or EDS) programs must have transcripts translated and evaluated through WES.

MOU Regarding Background Checks

international only
Applicants to all programs are required to register with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. International students may request a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating that they will complete a background check upon arrival in the United States. Other applicants must have a clear background check on file before attending classes. Background checks can be initiated through Cogent ID Systems (

MOU Regarding Certification

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International applicants to MED programs are not eligible for Class A certification as typically awarded for master's programs. Such applicants must complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to document this agreement.

Approval Process

Applicants may return to ApplyYourself ( to check the status of incoming recommendations, transcripts, test scores, and other items. The Department of Curriculum and Teaching begins to review applicantion packets once they are considered complete. Complete applications contain all of the items mentioned above. Additional matierals may be requested. The Graduate Studies Committee will review the application and make a recommendation to The Graduate School at Auburn University. Decision notifications to the applicant will be forthcoming at that time. Depending on time of the semeester, applications can take two to four weeks to cyle through the required review steps.

Department Contacts

Dr. Sue Barry
Graduate Programs Officer

Adam McGhee
Graduate Student Services Coordinator III

Last Updated: March 11, 2016

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