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2019 Educational Foundations Admissions

 

The Educational Foundations (EdF) major is a cohort learning experience.  This means students are admitted as a cohort (or class) and together will complete the Educational Foundations program of study during their junior and senior years. There is one round of admissions per year: Students apply during the winter term of their sophomore year to begin as admitted students the following fall.

 

The 2019 Educational Foundations Application will be live SOON!


DEADLINE: JANUARY 11, 2018 by 4:00 pm
 

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PAGE BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION!

 

REQUIREMENTS


Because admission to the Educational Foundations major is somewhat competitive, with an average acceptance rate of 75%, we recommend that students begin preparing as early as they can. In addition to signing up for the pre-education major and meeting regularly with the EdF advisor, potential applicants should carefully look at the requirements below and make sure they are on track to complete them by winter term of sophomore year. Applications are evaluated based the following categories: academic performance, communication (written and oral), and experience with children/youth.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
     
  • Minimum of 60 credits completed at time of application, including Fall 2018 courses.
     
  • Completed WR 121 and 122 or 123
     
  • Admissions Essay
    PROMPT: The Educational Foundations program is looking for students who will bring their growing understanding of equity and diversity to the EdF learning environment.  What are the most important educational equity issues to you, AND/OR what diverse identities or experiences do you bring to EdF?  [Standard essay in 500-600 words. Please double-space and use an easy-to-read font.]
     
  • Academic Recommendation Form
    IMPORTANT: For the 2019 Admissions cycle, academic recommendations may not be from anyone in the EDST department. Your recommendation must be obtained from an instructor from another department who can attest to your academic, communication, and collaborative skills. Instructors of EDST classes, including Pre-Education courses, are unable to provide this recommendation. (Request at least 1 month ahead of deadline)
     
  • Experience with Children Recommendation Form
    IMPORTANT: The experience used for your recommendation must be completed in the United States, as assessment of English fluency and oral communication is a major aspect of the admissions criteria. (Request at least 1 month ahead of deadline)
     
  • Completed a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer or work experience with children in a professional setting after high school graduation and in the United States. May not include nanny, babysitting, or private tutoring jobs. Qualifying experiences include: employment at Vivian Olum, Moss Street, or Co-op Family Center; volunteering at a local school or community agency such as the YMCA or the Boys and Girls Club; or successful completion of PHIL 372 Teaching Children Philosophy.
     
  • International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements by option A or B:

Option A: Test Score (AEIS Exempt) and completion of WR 121 and 122 or 123
TOEFL (internet) score: 88 – 120
TOEFL (paper) score: 575 – 677
IELTS score: 7.0 - 9.0

Option B: Completion of all required AEIS courses and completion of WR 121 and 122 or 123

  • It is recommended that that applicants have completed 1 - 3 of the required math courses. These potentially include: MATH 211, MATH 212, and MATH 213 for a B.S. degree or EDST 471 and EDST 472 for a B.A. degree.
     
  • It is recommended that Pre-Education applicants have completed 3 out of 6 science courses from the list in Duckweb Degree Guide for pre-education and EdF declared major students OR from the Science Literacy Program term offerings, and 2 or 3 of the following Pre-Ed courses:
    EDST 111
    EDST 220
    EDST 225
    PHIL 372

IMPORTANT: If you are not currently a University of Oregon student, you must also apply for admissions to the University of Oregon. Please visit http://admissions.uoregon.edu/transfer for complete information including deadlines and instructions.

 

PREPARATION


  • Listen to the admissions podcast:


In this podcast, Dr. Alison Schmitke (EdF Director) explains who is eligible to apply to the EdF program and the categories used by the EdF admissions committee to review applications used by the EdF admissions committee to review applications.

Podcast Audio
Podcast Text

  • Download all documents and forms (below) and read them. Before opening the recommendation forms, open or download free Adobe Acrobat Reader here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/. You will need to use an Adobe product to open, fill in, and save all the recommendation forms. Do not download the mobile version – select the Windows or iOS desktop version. Using Preview on a Mac will corrupt the data and your recommendation form will be blank.
     
  • Request your recommendations at least 1 month ahead of the application due date.
     
  • Begin your essay early. PROMPT: The Educational Foundations program is looking for students who will bring their growing understanding of equity and diversity to the EdF learning environment.  What are the most important educational equity issues to you, AND/OR what diverse identities or experiences do you bring to EdF?  [Standard essay in 500-600 words. Please double-space and use an easy-to-read font.]
     
  • Attend an ABC’s of EdF application information and advising session. All sessions will be held in 119 Lokey Education next to the Department of Education Studies. These sessions will include a brief group advising session, information about the technical aspects of the application, tips and hints about requesting recommendations, and strategies for writing the essay.
     

ABC’s of EdF DATES:

Monday, October 1, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 9, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Thursday, October 25, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Friday, November 2, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Monday, November 5, 2:30 to 4 pm
Tuesday, November 13, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, November 21, 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Friday, November 30, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
 

 

2019 DOCUMENTS AND FORMS



Application Instructions

Experience with Children Recommendation

Academic Recommendation

2018-2019 EdF Program of Study


 

MORE INFORMATION


ADMISSIONS TIMELINE
The online application, including all required documents, must be completed and submitted by 4:00 pm on January 11, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by the EdF Admissions Committee. Applications are evaluated based the following categories: academic performance, communication (written and oral), and experience with children/youth. A letter of acceptance to the program or notification of denial will be sent by the end of week 7 of winter term. A mandatory orientation and group advising sessions will be held in spring term. The exact date, time, and location will be announced in the decision letter for accepted applicants.

 

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
If you are accepted into the Educational Foundations major, you will be required to pass a background check. You will be conditionally accepted to the program until the background check is completed.
 

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

2019-20 College of Education Scholarships
DEADLINE: 4 PM, January 11, 2018 The College of Education scholarship program provides a significant number of donor-supported awards to COE students. Most awards are from $1,500–$10,000. In 2017-18, approximately $670,000 was designated for student support. Students currently applying for EdF but not yet accepted at the time of the deadline should still submit their scholarship application for consideration, pending acceptance into the program. Scholarship decisions will be made prior to the end of March 2019.

UO Financial Aid

Diversity Excellence Scholarship


 

READY TO START?



1. Have your printed instructions ready and be prepared to write in your log in information.

2. Carefully follow the application instructions to set up your TK20 account and log in for the first time. DO NOT PAY TO SET UP A TK20 ACCOUNT. Applicant accounts are free!

3. Have the following documents in PDF format on your computer in a location that you can easily locate:

a. ALL APPLICANTS: PDF of admissions essay

b. CURRENT UO STUDENTS: (1 or more classes taken, or in progress, at UO): PDF of your degree guide that includes Fall 2019 classes and grades.

c. TRANSFER STUDENTS: (0 classes taken, or in progress, at UO): Unofficial PDF of all college transcripts including Fall 2019 classes and grades.

d. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS using Option A: PDF of your TOEFL or IELTS score to email to Keri Baker: kerib@uoregon.edu.

 

Begin the 2019 Educational Foundations Application