Admission, Financial Aid and Tuition

Admission Requirements

McKendree welcomes applications from students holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution who seek a challenging educational experience in a stimulating and friendly environment. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

The following documentation and/or components are required for consideration for admission to Master of Arts in Education:

1. A completed graduate admission application. See application deadlines below. (no fee)

2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those that are mailed from institution to institution.

3. A current vita or resume.

4. A minimum 3.0 G.P.A. on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies. Applicants with a G.P.A. below 3.0 may be conditionally admitted.

5. Three professional references.

6. Applicants in MAT and MAED Licensure must p
ass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or have a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT with a score of at least 19 in Writing or have a score of 1030 or higher (critical reading and math) on the SAT within the last 10 years.

7. Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess readiness for graduate studies.

MAT & MAED Licensure Application Deadlines

In order to meet the licensure application deadline, all material must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission on or before the application deadline. Incomplete applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis by the Office of Graduate Admission and may not be reviewed, which will delay the start date until the next term. The timely submission of the admission material is the student’s responsibility. As a general rule, the earlier the materials are received, the better the chances for full consideration.

MAED Licensure Deadlines

Start Dates - Application Deadlines
Fall (1st Eight Weeks) - August 15
Fall (2nd Eight Weeks) - October 1
Spring (1st Eight Weeks) - December 15
Spring (2nd Eight Weeks) - March 1
Summer - May 15


2015/2016 Academic Year (August/July)
Tuition for the Master of Arts in Education is $455 per credit hour. Those students who can show proof of currently working in an educational setting, prior to registering for classes, or who are certified teachers are eligible for the educator tuition rate of $375 per credit hour. Contact the Office of Graduate Admission with questions regarding the educator tuition rate. Online courses have an e-learning technology fee of $60 per credit hour.

Allison Cassens Community Foundation Scholarship

The Allison Cassens Community Foundation Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the MAED in Special Education or the Special Education Endorsement. The scholarship honors the life and legacy of the late Allison Cassens, daughter of Linda and the late Allen Cassens of Edwardsville. Allison was a teacher, an internationally competitive swimmer, a pilot and a flight instructor who lost her battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of 33. Please complete the scholarship application or contact the Office of Graduate Admission for additional information.

Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid
- Click for detailed information. - Complete the FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible. The PIN mentioned below will allow a student to complete the application online and an expected family contribution (EFC) will be provided at the end of the process. - This is the site where a student can obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This number is unique to each individual and represents an electronic signature which can be used to sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a promissory note for a federal student loan.

McKendree School Code: 001722

Payment Plan

McKendree partners with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to offer students an interest-free monthly payment option. For an enrollment fee, the billing cost is spread out over the time period that you are taking the courses. For more information please contact the Business Office at 537-6868 or go online at

Employer Reimbursement

1. Only the amount that will be paid by the employer can be deferred. The entire amount will be subject to interest charges until the student’s portion is paid.

2. A letter from the employer stating that the employee is eligible for tuition reimbursement will be required each semester. Depending upon the employer’s tuition reimbursement requirements, a copy of the policy from the company may be sufficient. This letter should be submitted to the Business Office.

3. The employer should make McKendree the Payee (or at least the co-payee) on the check.

4. Deferment period will terminate 30 days after the date grades are issued.

5. The balance will be subject to interest charges if payment is not received within 30 days from the date grades are issued.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission with any questions.

Office of Graduate Admission

701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

(618) 537-6576
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576