There are University requirements and program-specific requirements for each TLEL program. Those requirements can be found on the program admissions page and the Graduate School admissions page.

All applicants for admission to master's degree programs must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing. Undergraduates entering their final semester, and undergraduates preparing for an accelerated degree program, may also apply.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: New York Education Law now permits teachers to qualify for Permanent or Professional NYS Teaching Certificates when they have verified USCIS Permanent Resident status. Students who do not seek certification to teach in New York state may apply to the MA TESOL or Educational Studies program.


Applications for admission to the Education Minor are due during the first six weeks of each semester. This is a hard deadline and very few, if any, exceptions will be given. For more information, visit the Minor admissions page. Questions can be directed to the application committee at

For all graduate programs, there is a rolling admissions policy and we continue to accept applications after the priority deadlines. 

Initial preparation programs and the EdD in Educational Theory and Practice program accept applications for fall admission only.

Advanced preparation programs, MA TESOL, Educational Studies and Educational Leadership programs accept applications for fall and spring admission.

  • For fall admission, the application priority deadline is Feb. 1
  • For spring admission, the application priority deadline is Oct. 15

Applications submitted before the priority deadline receive first consideration. Graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships usually are awarded for fall, so application materials should be submitted by Feb. 1 to be considered.

However, the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership accepts/considers applications received after priority dates on a space-available basis. Contact Tami Mann, director of recruitment, admissions and certification, at or 607-777-5322, to inquire about availability in specific programs.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

In accord with the New York State Education Transformation Act of 2015, applicants to graduate-level teacher preparation programs must meet rigorous admission selection criteria. In addition, the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) requires educator preparation programs to set high academic standards for candidates. To meet these standards, all applicants to any graduate program leading to New York state certification in classroom teaching must submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with their application materials. This includes all Teacher Education (Master of Art in Teaching and Master of Science in Education) programs.

Note that the GRE is not required for the CAS in Educational Leadership program.

Review the GRE website for information about taking the GRE and/or retrieving scores. Use the institutional code 2535 when registering for the GRE, as this allows scores to be sent directly to Binghamton University.

The faculty members in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership review each applicant's materials individually. All materials submitted with the application, including test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation, are interpreted as a piece of a more dynamic, intricate whole and individual items will not outweigh other indicators of a student's potential success as a teacher or school leader.

Felony Statement

Candidates should be aware that some states, including New York, may restrict or deny professional licensure for people with felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions or actions taken against them by a professional organization. Binghamton University's Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership cannot guarantee licensure upon completion of the program.

In addition, candidates in teacher and educational leader preparation programs must complete field experiences, including practicum and internships, in schools or other educational settings. For placement into field experiences, candidates are required to provide personal information, fingerprints and may be subjected to a criminal background check. Candidates admitted into the program are not guaranteed a field placement, practicum or internship placement as schools, districts and other educational settings have the right to refuse placement based on information collected during any background check results or the candidate's own disclosure.

Candidates with such situation(s) should consult the state's certification board and the program coordinator before submitting an application for admission.