Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions
Incoming first-year UIC undergraduate students have the opportunity to obtain guaranteed admission into one of several Master of Education (MEd) programs at the College of Education through Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA).
GPPA is a great option for undergraduates in the BA Human Development and Learning or BA Urban Education - Elementary Education programs to pursue graduate studies and/or open pathways to specialized careers such as early childhood educators, reading specialists, bilingual/ESL educators, special educators, and science educators.
The following MEd programs offer guaranteed admission for students who meet specific qualifications:
- MEd Early Childhood Education
- MEd Educational Studies
- MEd Language, Literacies and Learning
- MEd Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics & Assessment (MESA) (on campus program only)
- MEd Science Education*
- MEd Special Education
* NOTE: With the exception of the MEd Science Education program, GPPA is available to UIC students of all undergraduate majors. For GPPA in Science Education, students must earn their undergraduate degree from UIC in one of the following majors: Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, or Engineering Physics.
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- Membership in the UIC Honors College is strongly recommended, but not required. The Honors College Program offers GPPA students intellectual challenges that will help, them prepare for the rigors of graduate studies through focused individualized work on independent projects.
- Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (A=4.0) each semester.
- Students must maintain a full-time course load each semester (minimum of 12 semester hours of graded credits each semester).
- Students must attend ONE meeting per semester with GPPA program faculty.
- Students must have an interest in working in an urban setting.
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To learn more about GPPA, please contact:
Associate Dean for Students Services, Honors College
Coordinator for the GPPA Initiative
If you have questions about how GPPA applies specifically to College of Education degree programs, you can also contact:
Coordinator of Advising & Registration, College of Education