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Admissions Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university

  • GPA of at least 2.8

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

A returning graduate student who has been granted admission into a program, enrolls in the program and then stops-out for more than 12 months must reapply to the program by the program application deadline date and meet all admission requirements. Our goal is to make this process smooth and easy for your return to St. Scholastica.

Apply for readmission

To return to the same graduate program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must apply for readmission to the College.

  • Click on Graduate Application
  • Log in with your email address, or Create a New Account
  • Be sure to answer "Yes" to the question "Were you previously enrolled in this program at St. Scholastica, and now applying for re-admission?", and this will cause the application to skip any essay or recommendation requirements.
  • If you are returning to the college but applying to a different program, please consult with your admissions counselor to determine what, if any, supplemental application materials will be required.
  • There is no fee for applying for readmission.

Taken classes elsewhere? We'll need transcripts.

If a returning student has taken courses through other colleges during their absence from St. Scholastica, official transcripts from those colleges may be required if you need credit for courses.

The Academic and Behavior Strategist program length may vary due to the Elementary reading requirements. Those students who graduated from CSS and have received a minor in Special Education may be able to apply minor coursework toward the graduate program. Before submitting an application, you may request an informal analysis to determine your needs by contacting your Admissions Counselor.

2. Application

Please order the following official transcripts:

  • Bachelor's degree transcript showing degree conferred
  • Any post-baccalaureate transcript
  • Any transcript with pre-requisite coursework
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions page for additional requirements.

Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

Email official transcripts to Electronic transcripts must be from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript services.

Mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school. Mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Transcript Processing
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Students who currently hold a Minnesota teaching license and successfully complete this program will be prepared to apply for the license of Academic and Behavioral Strategist (K-12) in the state of Minnesota. If you do not have a current Minnesota teaching license and wish to be licensed in the state of Minnesota or another state, you will need to contact the state licensing agency to determine your individual needs.

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Upload your completed Graduate Special Education Licensure essay (word or pdf format).

    As part of the online application, you will be asked to upload your essay that represents your highest level of academic writing and demonstrates your ability to participate in a rigorous graduate academic program.

    Prepare a 500-word essay, typed and double-spaced, answering the following questions:
    • What life and teaching experiences led you to pursue a Special Education teacher licensure program?
    • How will completing the Special Education Licensure Program make a difference in your life and/or the life of others?

    Please finish the essay with a short paragraph on:
    • Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica for your studies?
  3. If you are not currently working as a classroom teacher, a minimum of two experiences with children is required in the online application, documenting at least 30 hours of experience with children individually and in a group setting. This information will be entered into text fields in the application.
  4. If you are currently working as a classroom teacher, in the online application, enter contact information for two educational or professional references. If you are not currently working as a classroom teacher, provide two references who have observed your interaction with children and who have observed your leadership skills. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "First Name" "Last Name" has requested a recommendation from you.

Disclaimer: The Academic and Behavioral Strategist program at The College of St. Scholastica meets the add-on licensing requirements of the state of Minnesota. You will need to check with your state education agency to determine if this program meets your states licensing requirements. This program does not include Minnesota initial teacher preparation Standards of Effective Practice.

Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal, view your decision letter, and click "Reply to Offer".

  • As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.
  • Successfully complete background check ($50 fee) if you are NOT currently working as a teacher in the state of Minnesota.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

Program start terms

The program starts in Fall and Spring.

Application deadlines

Fall: Aug. 1
Spring: Dec. 15

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