About

Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE)

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 typically takes 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 fifteen 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 one third 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

Applying to the GRADE Program

Freshman GRADE applications must be submitted through the Common Application or Universal College Application by December 1. Please be sure to indicate your interest in this Professional Degree Program on your application in order to be considered for GRADE.

Transfer applicants intending to begin in the fall semester can also apply for GRADE. Transfer GRADE applications must be submitted by March 15.

GRADE finalist interviews:

GRADE applicants will be notified of their finalist/non-finalist status in January. Although all GRADE applicants receive a full holistic review, those who are not offered a finalist interview may still have their application reviewed for general admission to the College without GRADE. Interviews with the Warner School, which are required for admission to GRADE, will take place Monday March 2, 2015. You must be invited to interview via finalist notification in January. Your final GRADE decision will be sent by March 15, 2015.

If you are admitted to the College through Early Decision, you will receive your admission letter in mid-December, but your CAPs application will follow the regular decision process described here. Your acceptance of our Early Decision offer cannot be contingent upon your admission to GRADE.

Questions?

Justine Rumbel
GRADE Coordinator, Assistant Director of Admissions 
justine.rumbel@rochester.edu

Sean Hanna
GRADE Advisor, Associate Director
College Center for Academic Support 
sean.hanna@rochester.edu

Program Perks

Perks of the Program

The perks of the GRADE program include:

  • Assured admission to the MS program as an entering undergraduate
  • Exemption from the GRE
  • Steven Harrison Scholarship (1/3 of tuition) for all five years
  • Special invitations to book talks and speaker series
  • Focused advising by GRADE mentors, including personalized placement for classes and experiential learning
  • Extensive research, internship, and professional development opportunities

Is GRADE for You?

Is GRADE for You?

You might be a good fit for GRADE if you:

  • Express a passion for social justice and knowledge of the education programs at the University of Rochester.
  • Have clear goals within your subject or specialization area, including coursework and extracurricular activities.
  • Take challenging classes (honors, AP, IB, college-level classes, etc.).
  • Do well academically (strong GRADE applicants typically have a 3.7 unweighted GPA and rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class).
  • Perform well on SAT Reasoning or ACT exams.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities relevant to education, such as tutoring, teaching, or coaching.

Warner School

Margaret Warner School of Education and Human Development

The University of Rochester has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, and the Warner School has a rich history as a part of that excellence. The Warner School’s programs in teaching and curriculum, counseling and human development, and educational leadership prepare educators to handle today’s challenges in education.

The Warner School strives to provide teachers, administrators, counselors, and researchers with the tools to be agents of change. Warner graduates are equipped to be exceptional at what they do and to make a difference in their chosen fields of study. Learn more about the Warner School’s programs of study.

Sample Schedules

Sample Course Schedule 1

Major: Psychology
Minor: Business
Graduate major: Elementary education w/ inclusion
M = major, Mi = minor, C = cluster, G = GRADE, E = elective

First Semester

Course

Description

ASL 101

Beginning American Sign Language I (E)

CAS 105

Reason & Writing in the College (writing requirement/G)

PSY 101

Intro to Psychology (M/G)

PSY 171

Social & Emotional Development (M)

 

Second Semester

Course

Description

CSP 161

Social Psychology & Individual Differences (M)

CSP 278

Adolescent Development (M)

PHY 100

Nature of the Physical World (E/G)

REL 102

Intro to the New Testament (C)

 

Third Semester

Course

Description

AST 105

Intro to the Milky Way Galaxy (E/G)

BCS 110

Neural Foundations of Behavior (M/G)

PSY 211

Intro to Statistical Methods in Psychology (M/G)

REL 101

Intro to the Old Testament (C/G)

 

Fourth Semester

Course

Description

BCS 112

Cognitive Psychology (M/G)

ECO 108

Principles of Economics (Mi)

MTH 141

Calculus I (C/G)

PSY 219W

Research Methods of Psychology (M/G)

REL 106

From Confucius to Zen (C/G)

 

Fifth Semester

Course

Description

MTH 142

Calculus II (C/G)

PSY 267

Psychology of Gender (M/G)

PSY 289

Developmental Child Psychopathology (M)

 

Sixth Semester

Course

Description

CSP 282W

Abnormal Psychology (M/G)

ECO 207

Intermediate Microeconomics (Mi)

MTH 143

Calculus III (C/G)

PSY 282

Abnormal Psychology (M)

ACC 201

Principles of Accounting (Mi)

 

Seventh Semester

Course

Description

PSY 264

Industrial & Organizational Psychology (M)

ED 447*

Disabilities & Schools (G)

FIN 204

Principles of Finance (Mi)

MKT 203

Principles of Marketing (Mi)

 

Eighth Semester

Course

Description

ENG 138

Journalism Case Studies (E)

PSY 283

Behavioral Medicine (M)

ED 404*

Teaching, Curriculum & Change (G)

MKT 213

Marketing Projects & Cases (Mi)

*GRADE students are required to take two courses through Warner before the end of their senior year. These course abbreviations are “ED” and are typically at the 400-level.

Sample Course Schedule 2

Major: Psychology
Clusters: Brain & cognitive sciences; religion
Graduate major: School counseling
M = major, C = cluster, G = GRADE, E = elective

First Semester

Course

Description

BSC 110

Neural Foundations of Behavior (M/C)

BSC183

Animal Minds (C)

HIS 100

Europe Before 1492 (E)

PSY 181

Theory of Personality & Psychotherapy (M)

 

Second Semester

Course

Description

CAS 105

American Psychos (PWR)

CSP 161

Social Psychology & Individual Differences (M)

CSP 278

Adolescent Development (M)

PSY 113

Biopsychology of Social & Clinical Behaviors (M)

 

Third Semester

Course

Description

AH 274

American Architecture (E)

BIO 102

Biology & the Environment (E)

CSP 396

Marital Research Seminar (M)

PSY 267

Psychology of Gender (M)

 

Fourth Semester

Course

Description

BCS 172

Development of Mind & Brain (C)

CSP 391

Relationships Research (M)

PSY 112

Cognitive Psychology (M)

PSY 211

Introductory Statistical Methods in Psychology (M)

 

Fifth Semester

Course

Description

PSY 219W

Research Methods of Psychology (M)

PSY 276

Psychology of Parenting (M)

PSY 391

Analysis of Relationship Conflict (M)

REL 103

History of Judaism (C)

SAB 090

Study Abroad Orientation

 

Sixth Semester

Course

Description

AH 341

Architecture of London: 1600–Present Day (E)

CU/SO 352

British Youth Culture: 1950 to the Present (E)

FS 345

Cinematic Representations of British Identity in 
British Cinema (E)

PS 335

Child Development in the UK Social Context (M)

SO 350

Ethnic Tapestry of Contemporary British Culture (E)

 

Seventh Semester

Course

Description

PSY 289

Development Child Psychopathology (M)

PSY 268W

Seminar in Humanistic Psychology (M)

REL 105

Asian Search for Self (C)

ED 429*

Theories of Human Development (G)

 

Eighth Semester

Course

Description

PSY 280

Clinical Psychology (M)

PSY 282

Abnormal Psychology (M)

REL 106

From Confucius to Zen (C)

EDU 454*

Career Counseling (G)

*GRADE students are required to take two courses through Warner before the end of their senior year. These course abbreviations are “ED” or “EDU” and are typically at the 400-level. Students who go into the counseling program typically spend two years at the Warner School after completing their bachelor’s degree.

Student Profile

Student Profile

“I love the GRADE program because it saves me time and money. It was this unique program that made me decide to attend the University of Rochester. I’m glad I did—now I’m studying a subject I don’t know how I’d live without!”

Clay Monson 12
Hometown: Phelps, NY
Major: English
Minors: Music, Psychology