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COE METL program
Effective Teaching & Leadership Program

METL Admission Process

The application deadline is April 1 for entrance into the METL Core 1 Summer Cohort.

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

General Information for Applicants

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.  You do not need to send transcripts for coursework taken at Butler University.

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 and 396 for MAT.

Two letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the Office of Admission.

Butler University | Office of Admission
4600 Sunset Avenue
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.

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

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 (79 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.


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