Essay Requirements

For many of our graduate degree programs an essay is required as part of your application. Your essay (250-300 words, unless otherwise noted) should be a reflection of your experiences, beliefs, and aspirations. In addition to being an example of your best writing, it should be thoughtful, reflect your curiosity for learning, and address the questions posed below. All admission essays should be emailed to admit@webster.edu.

Applied Behavior Analysis (Webster Certificate) - No essay required.

Applied Educational Psychology (MA) - What motivated you to become an educator and how do you think your participation in Webster's Applied Educational Psychology program will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology (EdS) - Please submit two essays (800 - 1200 words each). These essays may refer to your resume and transcripts. Cite references using the APA style. All applicants must also submit recommendations from three faculty and/or associates using the recommendation form.

    • Essay 1: Submit an essay that reflects on your academic experiences and professional growth during your master's degree program and how these will prepare you for becoming a school psychologist. What do you hope to gain from the EdS in Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology?
    • Essay 2: Submit an essay about student diversity in development and learning. Demonstrate that you have acquired an understanding of individual differences and the sensitivity and skills needed to work with individuals of diverse characteristics.

Assessment of Learning and Cognitive Development (AGC) - How do you think your participation in Webster's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Assessment of Learning and Cognitive Development will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Communication Arts (MA) - What motivated you to seek an MA in Communication Arts? Based on the School of Education's mission statement, the program description and learning outcomes, how do you think your participation in Webster's MA in communication arts will help you accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Early Childhood Education (MA) - What motivated you to become an early childhood educator? Based on the School of Education's mission statement, the program description and candidate learning goals, how do you think your participation in Webster's ECED MA program will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals? Note: the Early Childhood Education MAT does not have a required essay (see below).

Early Childhood Education (MAT) - No essay required. Note: the Early Childhood MA has a required essay (see above).

Education and Innovation (MA) - Describe your professional goals.

Education for Global Sustainability (Webster Certificate)No essay required.

Education for Global Sustainability (MA) - Why are you interested in a MA in Education for Global Sustainability?

Educational Leadership (EdS) - How will you demonstrate and hope to continue to demonstrate the dispositions of ethics, integrity, and fairness (stipulated by the ELCC and NCATE) as a future administrator (500 words)? All applicants must also submit recommendations from three faculty and/or associates using the recommendation form.

Educational Technology (MET) - Why are you interested in a MET in Educational Technology?

Educational Technology Leadership (EdS) - Why are you interested in the Educational Technology Leadership EdS degree?

Elementary Education (MAT) - No essay required.

Gifted Education and Talent Development (AGC) - How do you think your participation in Webster's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Gifted and Talent Development will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Immigrant and Refugee Education (AGC) - How do you think your participation in Webster's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Immigrant and Refugee Education will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Leadership in Tiered Systems of Supports: RTI & PBIS formerly titled Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (Webster Certificate) - No essay required.

Mathematics for Educators (MA) - Please address the question: Why I Teach. If you do not currently teach, then describe why you want to be a teacher.

Middle School Education (MAT) - No essay required.

Mobile Technology in Education (Webster Certificate) - Why are you interested in a Certificate in Mobile Technology in Education?

Online Teaching and Learning (Webster Certificate) - Why are you interested in a Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning?

Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach (Webster Certificate) - What motivated you to become an early childhood educator?  Based on the School of Education’s mission statement, the program description and candidate learning outcomes, how do you think your participation in this certificate program will help you accomplish your personal and professional goals? 

Reading (MA) - No essay required.

School Systems, Superintendency and Leadership (EdS) - How will you demonstrate and hope to continue to demonstrate the dispositions of ethics, integrity, and fairness (stipulated by the ELCC and NCATE) as a future administrator (500 words)? All applicants must also submit recommendations from three faculty and/or associates using the recommendation form.

Secondary Education (MAT) - No essay required.

Social Science (MA) - How will Webster's MA in Social Science Education help you accomplish your personal and professional goals in the areas of social science teaching, curriculum development or program improvement for 21st century learners?

Special Education (MA) - Please address the question: Why I Teach. If you do not currently teach, then describe why you want to be a teacher.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Webster Certificate) - No essay required.

Teaching English as a Second Language (MA) - Describe your teaching philosophy in terms of the kind of knowledge and values that will make a teacher a more effective English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language instructor.

Tiered Instruction and Intervention: RTI & PBIS (Webster Certificate) - No essay required.

Writing for Educators (Webster Certificate) - No essay required.