Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE)

Combined-Admission Programs - GEAR

To begin a career in education, such as teaching, counseling, or human development, you'll need both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, which would typically take at least six years of college. Admission to the master's program usually requires a strong score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE) is a five-year BA/BS + MSEd program for students interested in becoming educators. (Students selecting the counseling program will need to complete six years.) GRADE students enter the University with an assurance of admission to the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development (part of Rochester's main campus).

The program is designed to offer students a quality liberal arts education while also preparing them to become educators. After completing their undergraduate work*, GRADE students are expected to complete 15 months of study at the Warner School (summer, fall, spring, and summer). For the master's program, students may specialize in counseling, higher education, or elementary or secondary education, with the option of certification in special education, literacy, or TESOL.

GRADE students also receive the Steven Harrison Scholarship (covering 1/3 of tuition) for all five years of study, attend special events, and enjoy extensive opportunities for research and internships.

* Students may choose any undergraduate major, but should include MSEd preparatory classes as required by New York State Certification requirements.

Applying to the GRADE Program

Perks of the Program

Is GRADE for You?

Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development

Sample Course Schedule 1

Sample Course Schedule 2

Student Profile


Stacy Wells Shea
GRADE Coordinator, Associate Director of Admissions

Sean Hanna
GRADE Advisor, Associate Director
College Center for Academic Support

Danielle Ianni
Assistant Director of Admissions
Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

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