Essay Requirements | School of Education | Webster University

Education: Graduate-Level Program Essay Requirements

In the School of Education, some graduate degree programs require an essay as part of the application process. Student essays (250-300 words unless otherwise noted) should be a reflection of personal experiences, beliefs and aspirations. In addition to being an example of the student's best writing, essays should be thoughtful, display an interest for learning and address the questions posed below. All admission essays should be emailed to admit@webster.edu.

Applied Behavior Analysis (Advanced Graduate 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?

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?

Creativity and Innovation (Certificate) - No essay required.

Doctor of Education (EdD) - No essay required.

Dyslexia (Certificate) - No essay required.

Education and Innovation (MA) - Reflect on a memorable learning experience that you would describe as "innovative". See Essay Rubric.

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.

Fostering Resilience in At-Risk Youth (Certificate) - How do you think your participation in Webster's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Fostering Resilience in At-Risk Youth will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families (Certificate) - 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 (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 (Certificate) * - Why are you interested in a Certificate in Mobile Technology in Education?

Multimodal Literacy for Global Impact (MA) - What motivated you to seek this program? Based on the degree's program description and candidate learning goals, how do you think your participation in this program will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

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

Psychoeducational Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Youth (Certificate) - No essay required.

Psychology and Education of Gifted Students (Certificate) - How do you think your participation in Webster's certificate in Psychology and Education of Gifted Students will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Reading (MA) - No essay required.

Robotics for STEM Educators (Certificate) * - What am I interested in a Certificate in Robotics for STEM Educators?

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 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.

Secondary Education (MAT)No essay required.

Special Education (MA/MAT)No essay required.

STEM Education (MA) - Why am I interested in a MA in STEM Education?

Sustainability & Social Equity Studies (Certificate) * No essay required.

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

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 instructor.

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

Trauma-Informed Education and Intervention (Advanced Graduate Certificate) - No essay required.

* Programs marked with this symbol are considered Gainful Employment programs. The U.S. Department of Education defines Gainful Employment program criteria and data requirements. View Webster University's Gainful Employment Disclosures at http://www.webster.edu/consumers/gainful-employment.html to see important information about the education debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended our programs.