Education: Additional Application Information & FAQs

In addition to the general graduate application requirements, here are a few more items you'll need to know to complete your Mills admission application.

Note: If you’re an international student who is interested in applying to Mills, please visit our application requirements for international graduate students page first.

Fall Application Deadline Options

After the fall priority deadline of January 15, we consider applications for the School of Education on a space-available basis until July 15. If you cannot submit all of your materials in January, here is our complete list of application deadlines:

  • Fall priority deadline—January 15
  • Round 2 deadline—March 15
  • Round 3 deadline—May 1
  • Final fall deadline—July 15

We strongly encourage you to apply for admission by January 15 to receive the earliest consideration for Mills merit and need-based scholarships.

Additional Application Requirements

Use the links below to learn about additional requirements for the three School of Education program areas—early childhood education, teacher education, and educational leadership. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at 510.430.3170 or education@mills.edu to connect with your School of Education admission counselor.

Early Childhood Education | Teacher Education | Educational Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is your opportunity to provide us with insight into who you are as a person and your personal and professional motivations. It should be typed and 500–750 words in length. Please speak to the following in your statement and upload it to the Mills online admission application:

  • Describe how your past education and experiences are relevant to the specific degree or certificate program in which you are interested.
  • Share your reasons for applying to this specific School of Education program at this time.
  • Tell us about your professional aspirations, with an emphasis on how you hope this degree or certificate program will prepare you for the future.
Interviews

Most students applying to the ECE Programs will be interviewed by our faculty, either in person or by phone or Skype. A Mills representative will contact you to arrange an interview date and time after we’ve received all of your required admission application materials.

Teacher Education

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is your opportunity to provide us with insight into who you are as a person and your personal and professional motivations. It should be typed and 500–750 words in length. Please speak to the following in your statement and upload it to the Mills online admission application:

  • Describe how your past education and experiences are relevant to the specific degree or certificate program in which you are interested.
  • Share your reasons for applying to this specific School of Education program at this time.
  • Tell us about your professional aspirations, with an emphasis on how you hope this degree or certificate program will prepare you for the future.
Interviews

Each student applying to the Teacher Education Programs will be interviewed by our faculty, either in person or by phone or Skype. Interviews may be conducted in small groups of two or three students speaking with one faculty member. A Mills representative will contact you to arrange an interview date and time after we’ve received all of your required admission application materials.


Admission to our Teacher Education Programs includes both the initial teaching credential and an optional master’s degree.

  • Students interested in the single subject credential are automatically considered for the MA in education with an emphasis in teaching (MEET). Please note that the MEET degree can be completed at any point within five years of finishing the credential program.
  • Students interested in the multiple subject credential are automatically considered for both the MEET degree and the MA in early childhood education. The MEET degree can be completed at any point within five years of finishing the credential program (full-time or part-time). The MA in early childhood education must be completed in a second year of full-time study immediately after finishing the credential program.

Educational Leadership

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is your opportunity to provide us with insight into who you are as a person and your personal and professional motivations. It should be typed and 500–750 words in length. Please speak to the following in your statement and upload it to the Mills online admission application:

  • Describe how your past education and experiences are relevant to the specific degree or certificate program in which you are interested.
  • Share your reasons for applying to this specific School of Education program at this time.
  • Tell us about your professional aspirations, with an emphasis on how you hope this degree or certificate program will prepare you for the future.

Students applying to the doctorate (EdD) in educational leadership degree program should also describe:

  • A topic or set of issues you would like to study
  • What you would like to learn more about this topic or set of issues
  • How this relates to the core themes of the EdD Program at Mills—school leadership; issues of race and ethnicity in urban education; and democratic, progressive, and social justice education from cradle to career
Interviews

Most students applying to the Educational Leadership Programs will be interviewed by our faculty, either in person or by phone or Skype. A Mills representative will contact you to arrange an interview date and time after we’ve received all of your required admission application materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have More Questions? Contact Us.

If you have any questions about your program, please reach out to us at 510.430.3170 or education@mills.edu to connect with your School of Education admission counselor.

Mills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability in our admission policies, in our scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, cocurricular activities, and residential facilities which we operate. Students of all genders are eligible for admission to our graduate programs. Self-identified women and people assigned female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary are eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.