About

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.

GRADE is a five-year BA/BS + MSEd program for students interested in becoming educators. If admitted, you 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 you a quality liberal arts education and prepare you to become an educator. After completing your undergraduate work, you are expected to complete fifteen months of study at the Warner School (summer, fall, spring, and summer). For the master’s program, you may specialize in counseling, higher education, or elementary or secondary education, with the option of additional certification in special education, literacy, TESOL, or Urban Teaching and Leadership.

You also receive the Steven Harrison Scholarship (covering one third of tuition) for all five years of study, will attend special events, and enjoy extensive opportunities for research and internships.

Applying

Applying to the GRADE Program

First-year GRADE applicants must submit through the Common Application or Universal College Application by January 5. Indicate your interest in GRADE on your application in order to be considered.

If you’re a transfer applicant intending to begin in the fall semester, you can also apply for GRADE. Submit your application by March 15.


GRADE Finalist Interviews

You will be notified of your finalist/non-finalist status in January. If you’re a finalist, you must interview with the Warner School. These interviews will take place March 19–20, 2018. You must be invited to interview via finalist notification. Your final GRADE decision will be sent by April 1, 2018.

If you are not offered a finalist interview, you may still have your application reviewed for general admission to the College without GRADE.

If you are admitted to the College through Early Decision, you will receive your admit letter in mid-December, but your GRADE application will follow the Regular Decision process described here. Accepting our Early Decision offer cannot be contingent upon your admission to GRADE.

Program Perks

The perks of GRADE include:

  • Assured admission to the MS program as an entering undergraduate
  • Exemption from the GRE for Counseling, Human Development, Higher Education, and Education Policy. (GRE is required for Master’s program with teaching certification)
  • 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?

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 Warner has a rich history as a part of that excellence. Warner’s programs in teaching and curriculum, counseling and human development, and educational leadership prepare educators to handle today’s challenges in education.

Warner 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 Warner’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)

 


Sample Course Schedule 2

Major: Psychology
Clusters: Brain and 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 Warner after completing their bachelor’s degree.

Note: You may choose any undergraduate major, but you should include MSEd preparatory classes per New York State Certification requirements.

Note: Only credits earned above the undergraduate requirement of 128 can be counted toward the master’s degree; credits cannot count toward both degrees. Students must complete 30 credits while enrolled as a graduate student (this does not include student teaching or internship experience credits). This rule makes it common for GRADE students to add on a certification because they can take more graduate classes as an undergraduate and still have 30 credits enrolled as a graduate student.

Note: For programs leading to NYS certification, you need to meet prerequisities for admission and submit a required portfolio for review.

Student Profile

Name: Steph Warsh
Year: Class of 2017, Warner School Class of 2018
Hometown: Lafayette, NJ
Major: Japanese
Minors: Spanish and computer science
Master’s program of interest: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Why GRADE? First, the scholarship is a huge factor in helping my family to afford my tuition. Second, I love that I am (almost) guaranteed a master’s degree after I graduate, and in only one year too! All my classmates are worrying about what they are going to do after they graduate, but I already know! And third, the people at Warner are just so nice and I love it here.
Fun fact: I am studying abroad in Spain next semester!


Name: Michael Hogan
Year: Class of 2017, Warner School Class of 2018 
Hometown: Marcellus, NY 
Majors: English literature and political science 
Minors: Creative writing and legal studies 
Master’s program of interest: Secondary English education 
Why GRADE? GRADE and the Warner School itself, is committed to instilling a sense of ambition in its students, and that is why I was so interested in Rochester and this program. Now, three years later, being a GRADE student has not only assured me that I want to commit myself to a career in education, but it has exposed me to so many incredible opportunities in the education field that I would have never been exposed to otherwise. I am so incredibly grateful for that. 
Fun Fact: I love art, and in another life I would have loved to become a professional photographer!


Name: Alex White 
Year: Class of 2017, Warner School Class of 2018 
Hometown: Chicago, IL 
Major: English literature 
Master’s program of interest: Secondary education (teaching track) 
Why GRADE? GRADE provides a great opportunity for students who come into college who want to make a commitment to education. By working with us in our first year and providing specialized advising to help us make the transition between the undergraduate and graduate components of the program, GRADE excels at providing the resources necessary for students to be well-informed and well-connected throughout the program. 
Fun fact: I also dance, play music, am involved with theater, and do art on campus!


Name: Emily Trowbridge 
Year: Class of 2019, Warner School Class of 2020 
Hometown: Stowe, Vermont 
Major: English 
Minors: Psychology 
Master’s program of interest: Secondary education 
Why GRADE? GRADE is its own little community. I get to spend time with people that also want to be educators and I am offered opportunities that the typical undergraduate does not usually find. It is a wonderful program for future educators and counselors. 
Fun fact: I never had an interest in minoring in psychology until I took a course. I think that is a testament to the benefits of the open curriculum here at Rochester. It allowed me to explore and now I’ve found another subject that I have a passion for.

Register

Register!

Unfortunately, there are no alternative days for the interviews.

If you have questions, please contact Carla Mattioli at (585) 276-3199, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or via email at cmattioli@admissions.rochester.edu. Your prompt reply is important.