What’s the best way to get to know the School of Education at Mills College?
In addition to the information on our website, the best way to get to know us is to attend one of our monthly information sessions where you can meet faculty, alumnae/i, and current students. We also offer application workshops, class visits, campus tours, and individual contacts with recent alumnae/i. In order to receive more details about these resources, please provide us with your contact information.
What credentials and degrees do you offer?
In Early Childhood Education we offer:
- MA in Early Childhood Education
- MA in Education, Child Life in Hospitals
- MA in Infant Mental Health
In Teacher Education we offer:
In Educational Leadership we offer:
- MA in Educational Leadership
- Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
- Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
- Administrative Services Credential
What kind of credential do I need to teach at a public school in California?
In general, to teach elementary school, grades K–5, you need a multiple subject credential; to teach middle school or high school, grades 6–12, you need a single subject credential. Both kinds of credentials are offered in our Teacher Education Program.
Are men admitted to Mills College?
Yes! While Mills College upholds a proud tradition as a liberal arts institution for undergraduate women, all graduate programs at Mills enroll students of any gender identity.
When are the application deadlines?
The deadline for spring applications is October 15 (MA in early childhood education alone and all educational leadership programs, including the joint MBA/MA in educational leadership). The priority deadline for fall applications to the School of Education is December 15; the only exception is the joint MBA/MA in educational leadership, which has a deadline of January 15. Admission notifications will be sent in March. After these deadlines for fall, we continue to accept applications on a rolling basis as space allows. See our Admission pages for further information.
How do I submit my application?
We encourage you to submit an electronic application, using our online application system. You may submit a hard copy application to the Office of Graduate Admission, if you prefer; all application forms are available on our website. All other application materials, such as transcripts, should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission. See Admission Requirements for further details about the components of a completed application.
What are the admissions criteria?
We consider a number of factors in making admission decisions, including the quality of the personal statement, previous course work from undergraduate and graduate programs, and letters of recommendation. We also interview most applicants, either in person or by phone. Faculty take all of these components into consideration when making a determination that an applicant is both academically prepared for graduate-level course work at Mills and personally prepared for the professional role to which they aspire.
When do I have to complete the CBEST and CSET?
We recommend that you complete both CBEST and CSET requirements as soon as possible. Although they are technically due by the time you would enroll, and the application review process will not be held up as long as all other application materials have been submitted, our faculty strongly prefer to see test results at the time of application review. Please see Individual Program Requirements for further details.
What about the 40-hour verification form?
If you are applying to a teaching credential program, which requires a minimum of 40 hours experience in a classroom setting, a verification form must be submitted before enrollment in August. If you haven’t fulfilled this requirement by the time you apply, the application review process will not be held up as long as all other application materials have been submitted. However, faculty reviewers do prefer to see these materials as part of the application, so it is important to complete these requirements as soon as possible. See Individual Program Requirements for further details.
When do Child Life applicants have to complete volunteer hours?
Applicants to the Child Life program are required to complete at least 125 (preferably 200) hours of hospital volunteer work under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist. These hours must be fulfilled by August of the year you would enroll in the program, and they must be at least underway before your application will be reviewed for admission. It may take several months to get started on these volunteer hours, as many hospitals establish waiting lists for volunteers, so applicants are encouraged to make inquiries as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Mills cannot assist applicants in arranging for these volunteer hours. Please see Individual Program Requirements for further details.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
We suggest that you provide at least one recommendation from an academic source (someone who knows you as a student in an academic course), and at least one from a practitioner (someone who knows you in a school, organization, or professional context). You may want to provide your recommenders with a resume, a draft of your statement of purpose, other writing samples, and any other information that is relevant to your application. Please note: The recommenders for online applicants will be sent a form only after you have submitted your final application, so in the interest of time, you may want to provide them with the PDF of the recommendation form.
Do you require an interview for admission?
We do require an interview in person or by phone for most programs. In our highly personalized admission process, we believe that it’s most important to find a good match between the applicant and the program of interest. We want to get to know you and understand your educational goals before making an admission decision, so we do interview most applicants. Teacher education applicants may be interviewed in a small group with one or two other prospective students.
How will an interview be scheduled?
Once we have your completed application, a staff member will contact you to arrange an interview time. If you are not available in person, a Skype or phone interview will be arranged.
Do you require the GRE?
No, we do not consider GRE scores as an admission criterion. We have found that other sources of information gathered through our application process are better admission indicators than standardized test scores.
What if I change my mind about which program I’m most interested in applying to?
On occasion, an applicant to one program realizes that another of our programs is a better fit to her or his needs. We are happy to accommodate these changes in order to find the best match for prospective students.
If admitted, may I defer my enrollment to another semester?
Yes, after paying your enrollment deposit, you may automatically defer for either one semester or one academic year, depending on the program.
May I transfer credits from another institution?
Yes, for some degree programs. Each program director determines the particular course credits that may be awarded for prior course work.
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, the School of Education offers direct scholarship awards to most of our students, in addition to assistantships for students in some programs. These awards are based on financial need and merit. Please see our Financial Aid website page for more detailed information about financial resources available from various sources.
How do I apply for financial aid?
You should check the box on the main application form that asks if you’d like to be considered for a Mills scholarship, and you should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA should be submitted after January 1 and before February 1, indicating Mills College as a recipient of your information; you may use estimated tax information if necessary and then revise your FAFSA once you have filed your taxes. This provides us with sufficient time to take into consideration financial need as well as merit in making scholarship awards. Your eligibility for federal loan programs will also be determined.
Do you offer on-campus housing for graduate students at Mills?
We offer a variety of housing options for graduate students on our beautiful residential campus. Please refer to the Housing information on the main Mills website.