College of Education

Admission Process

Application Deadline

The application deadline is April 1st for entrance into the CORE 1 Summer Cohort.IMG_7002

Applicants wishing to begin coursework in the fall or spring semesters should consult the Graduate Non-Degree information.

General Information for Applicants

Butler's Graduate tuition rate is $500/credit hour for the school year 2014-2015.

The application process involves:

1. Apply for Admission

  • Applications are available online.
  • An official transcript for all colleges or universities previously attended must be mailed directly from the issuing institution. The institution must be a regionally accredited college or university, and the transcript must indicate the date the bachelor's degree was conferred. International students must hold a degree from an institution recognized by the government or educational ministry within the country.
  • Each candidate must submit either a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) score unless his/her undergraduate GPA is a 3.0 or higher.  Minimum  score required for admission for the GRE is 291 (875 for older GRE exams) and 396 for MAT.
  • Two letters of recommendation should be sent to the following address:

Office of Admission
Attn: Diane Dubord
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208

2. Interview

The College of Education contacts each prospective student for an interview once his/her application is complete. During the interview the candidate must present evidence of how the applicant demonstrates the Core Values of the College of Education.

3. Approval from the Graduate Committee

The College of Education Graduate Committee reviews all applications, interview results, and recommendations from the faculty.

4. Receive formal admission in writing from the Butler University Admission Office.

Appeals

Applicants desiring to appeal an admission decision must submit a letter outlining the basis for their appeal to the College of Education Graduate Committee.

Professional Statement: Core Values

The candidate is encouraged to submit a professional portfolio that exemplifies one or more of the College of Education's Core Values:

  • The appreciation of diversity and similarity.
    We value the richness of experiences, values, beliefs and backgrounds that each person brings to the learning environment. We encourage our students to honor differences and see similarities, and we strive to increase the diversity of our faculty, students and staff.
  • The excitement of teaching, learning, and mentoring.
    We value teaching as an exciting profession that promotes the autonomy and continued growth of the student as a learner and of the teacher as a professional. In our practice we support and model mentoring student with student, teacher with student, and teacher with teacher. The teaching/learning process responds sensitively to the needs of the students and provides on-going assessment for the mastery of competencies.
  • The challenge of integrated theory, practice, and collaboration.
    We recognize the power of working with others within and outside our profession, sharing ownership for teaching and learning. We believe the best practitioners integrate their theory/knowledge base with practical experience.
  • The strength of integrity and responsibility.
    We believe professionals should demonstrate ethical behavior and establish a sense of balance between their personal and professional lives. Everything we do professionally is purposeful, practicing what we profess.

Letters of Recommendation

The two letters of recommendation are to be written by professionals in the area of education whenever possible. Writers of recommendations are encouraged to address how the applicant exemplifies the following College of Education dispositions or attitudes listed below. (It is not necessary to address all eight.)

  • Displays appropriate level of professional behavior
  • Takes responsibility for one's own behavior
  • Shows an appreciation of diversity and similarity
  • Shows caring, concern, and patience
  • Demonstrates appropriate professional ethics
  • Shows an appreciation for knowledge and skill in the profession
  • Shows appropriate engagement with the teaching, learning, and mentoring process
  • Demonstrates the ability to collaborate with others

Graduate Non-Degree Coursework

When entering the program only 9-12 hours of coursework as a graduate non-degree student may count toward a Butler degree in METL, as long as it coincides with the required courses

International Student Admission

In addition to the items listed above, international applicants must submit the items listed below:

  • Academic records (transcripts) in their original language along with an official English translation.
  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) indicating a score of 550 or above (213 if taking the computerized TOEFL), unless their native language is English or they have already received a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec), English-speaking Africa, Australia, or New Zealand. This requirement is waived for students who successfully complete level five of English instruction at the American Language Academy on the Butler campus.
  • Proof of financial support for educational and living expenses while at Butler University. The documents required are official bank statements and affidavits of support from all sponsors. Visa documents will not be issued until the university is assured that the annual costs can be met.