Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all transcripts and letters of recommendation, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.
- April 1 for summer semester admission
- June 15 for fall semester admission
- November 1 for spring semester admission
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. Applications are not complete until all of the following items have been received, including all transcripts and all letters of recommendation. Your application will not be reviewed until everything has been received. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
A copy of an official transcript from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
Current résumé or curriculum vitae - that concisely describes your academic and professional history, achievements, and skills relevant to the LDT program and the field of education.
Statement of purpose — 750 words or less explaining why you want to enter the master's program. This statement should include:
your career goals and an explanation of how your prospective degree in LDT will help you to achieve your goals
your professional background and your reasons for seeking a graduate degree in LDT
how your professional and academic backgrounds qualify you for acceptance to the program
how your professional interests correspond with the coursework topics and faculty expertise of the program
any other information that may help us to consider your application.
Three letters of recommendation — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each recommender requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Writing samples —Submit a 300 (minimum) to 400 (maximum) word review of an article or report published in a recent professional journal of your choice. The selected publication should address a contemporary educational issue related to your academic interests. The review should include a summary of key findings and a discussion of the findings’ current or future impact to the field of education. The review must be written and edited primarily by the applicant without substantial assistance provided by another person, software, or hardware. Please be sure to include the article that is being reviewed.
Official GRE or MAT test scores —Official GRE or MAT test stores should be reported directly to Penn State University. Only scores from the past five calendar years (from date of application) can be accepted.
Requests to waive the GRE/MAT score submission requirement may be submitted by applicants for the M.Ed. in LDT who have successfully accomplished any of the following:
- completed coursework for at least one of the postbaccalaureate certificates offered by the LDT program with a GPA greater than 3.5;
- worked as a full-time professional, averaging at least 2,000 paid hours per 12-month contract year (or 1,500 paid hours per 9-month full-time contract year) for a cumulative total of five years, as an educator, trainer, teacher/instructor/professor, teacher aide, instructional/learning designer, or educational/curricular resource developer or producer (with substantial representation of the professional experience discussed in the letters of reference submitted with the application); or
- previously completed a masters degree or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited college/university headquartered within the United States of America.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
When all materials have been received, we will notify you about your status and provide guidance about the next steps in becoming a Penn State student.
How to Apply
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus