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    December 01, 2021

    GRE, GMAT Requirement Dropped for Graduate Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Programs

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed into law a revision to the entry requirements for graduate programs in teaching and school leadership. As a result of these changes, GRE, GMAT and other entrance exams are no longer required for admission to graduate level teacher’s education or educational leadership programs at Le Moyne.

    Le Moyne prides itself on its history in training exceptional teachers and leaders in education and will continue to review applicants holistically with an emphasis on academic merit, commitment to student success and social justice in education. “Our department has always had a holistic approach to not only handling the admission process, but also to educating the whole student,” said Dr. Wen Ma, education department chair. “The teachers and administrators who earn a master’s or certificate of advanced study at Le Moyne are known for approaching current school challenges with compassion and dignity. Removing the GRE exam barrier to entry is in keeping with our institutional values, and ultimately allows us all to better serve New York State’s K-12 students.” 

    Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) President Lola W. Brabham also says​,​ “Governor Hochul’s action paves the way for more New Yorkers to pursue their passion for teaching by obtaining graduate degrees in education and school leadership...Reforming the entry requirements...will open the door to a career in teaching for more qualified, passionate, and diverse educators.” Read ​her​ full statement here

    This recent change is in keeping with other test optional trends, both at Le Moyne and nationwide. Similar to Le Moyne’s test optional undergraduate admission policy for SAT/ACT scores, this change will allow students to still submit standardized test scores if they choose, but it will not be a disadvantage if they do not. The growing test optional trend in higher education is aligned closely with Le Moyne​'s​ mission and values. At the undergraduate level, this shift has already resulted in increased multicultural and geographic diversity of our incoming undergraduate students

    To learn more about admission requirements for teacher’s education and educational leadership graduate programs, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or schedule an individual appointment for consultation. ​Learn about ​the ​College’s graduate programs in​ ​education ​here. 

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