Application Process

Fall Deadline: May 15
Spring Deadline: November 1
Summer Deadline: March 15

  1. New applicants must first complete the UIC Graduate School application.
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  3. Current UIC graduate students who want to change or add programs or degrees sought should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the UIC Graduate School application.  Please read the Instructions for the Change of Graduate Program form if you are not sure which one to fill out.
  4. Complete the online College of Education application.
  5. The following documents should be uploaded online once you receive email instructions to do so, after completing the UIC Graduate School application:
    1. Upload undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts.
    2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    3. Three letters of recommendation: These letters should address the applicant’s academic qualifications, research ability/experience, and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children.
    4. A 3-to-4 page statement of professional goals and reasons for seeking admission to this concentration. Some things to consider mentioning when writing your statement are your reasons for applying, experiences that sparked your interest, goals for the program and experiences you hope to take away from the program, how your program will relate to your career goals and what are your experiences with, and beliefs about working with children/youth in urban environments.