Letters of Recommendation

The College of Education and Human Development requires all applicants to submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation. Additional recommendations are optional. Recommendations written by relatives will not be considered.

Applicants should indicate the e-mail addresses of the recommenders in the appropriate section of the on-line Graduate application. Recommendation letter requests are automatically sent to the recommenders upon submission of the on-line application. (Applicants may check their application account to send reminders and check the status of their recommendation requests.) Adequate time should be given to recommenders to respond to the request by the application deadline!

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received by the application deadline.

Please review the types of recommendations required below.

  1. Faculty Recommendation - This should be completed by a faculty member at the college level (not high school). The faculty member will be asked to address the applicant’s academic skills and potential to succeed in a graduate program. Academic skills and abilities include: critical thinking, communication, organization, and ability to work in groups.

    College graduates who have been away from higher education more than five years may have difficulty obtaining a faculty recommendation. Applicants who will not be enrolling in prerequisite courses prior to the MAT program, may choose to submit a Professional/Community Recommendation instead. Two Professional/Community Recommendations would then be required.

  2. Professional/Community Recommendation - This should be completed by an individual who can address personal character and professional qualities (punctuality, communication, leadership, work ethic, etc.). Pastors, P-12 teachers, supervisors/employers, and community organization directors are a few examples of appropriate recommenders.
  3. Work with Children and/or Adolescents Recommendation - This should be completed by an individual who has observed the applicant’s work/engagement with children and/or adolescents. The recommender should address the applicant’s ability to relate to and work with children/adolescents, as well as his/her ability to organize, lead and direct activities. The faculty screening committee wants to see evidence that applicants have engaged with the age group they intend to teach, and that a professional (such as a teacher or school administrator, scout leader, community organization director, etc.) confirms the applicant's potential for success in the teacher education program.