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Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master's degree program must apply directly to the Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods, & Special Education, formerly Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.  Admission criteria include:

  • A baccalaureate degree in special education, elementary education, secondary education, or a related field such as social work or psychology.
  • A grade point average of 2.7 on a 4 point scale in the final 60 semester hours of the undergraduate degree is required for unconditional admission.  An applicant who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and whose GPA is below 2.70 may be admitted as an unclassified student and may later apply to the department when 12 or more semester hours of graded graduate work at SIUC have been completed.  Any applicant who has completed 12 or more semester hours of graded graduate work with a GPA of 3.00 or better may be exempted from the 2.7 undergraduate grade point average requirement.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation, which on the whole, clearly attest to the professional dispositions of a special education professional as articulated in the CEC Code of Ethics and Standards for Professional Practice, and predict academic success on the graduate level.
  • A letter of application (approximately 400 words) in which the applicant summarizes his/her professional goals, career objectives, research interests, motivation for graduate work, and other pertinent information.
  • Completion of departmental application form
  • Submission of official transcripts.

All completed applications are reviewed by the Graduate Committee at their next regularly scheduled meeting.  Students may be required to complete an interview with Special Education faculty. If you are accepted by the program, Graduate School approval is initiated by the Department.  Applicants will receive correspondence regarding the admission decision of the Special Education faculty and will be assigned a temporary adviser.  If accepted by the program, applicants will also receive correspondence from the Graduate School which serves as the final admission decision.


Dimitrios Anastasiou
Associate Professor & Special Education Program Coordinator

(618) 453-1819