University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Admissions

Special Program in Education

The LEAD (Leadership, Equity and Diversity) Program in the Neag School of Education links two years of pre-requisite and general education coursework with three years of professional education resulting in two degrees: a Bachelor's in Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Psychology. Students are connected to UConn’s Neag School of Education during their first two years of study through courses, seminars, research opportunities, and mentorship, all aimed at supporting the achievement of curricular and career goals. The purpose of this program is to nurture a diverse group of highly motivated students who are interested in working in areas of teaching shortages in the State of Connecticut, including Comprehensive Special Education, Mathematics, Science, and World Languages.

Students accepted to the Special Program in Education will be will be enrolled UConn's Honors Program. Special Program students are required to be enrolled in the Honors Program as they enter UConn. 

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants must be entering as a first-year student and must demonstrate exceptional performance in academics. There are no state residency requirements. UConn is committed to attracting members from under-represented populations to its education program.

To be considered, an applicant should have:

  • An overall high school grade point average of 3.4 (4.0 scale)
  • A completed application to the University, which includes all supporting documents, the responses to the program-specific essay questions, and an optional resume.  All documents must be received by December 1. A secondary school profile should also be submitted along with the secondary school transcript
  • Two additional letters of recommendation, received by December 1
  • An interview with the Special Program in Education Committee (conducted in late January; by invitation only)
  • Extracurricular activities and a commitment to the field of education 

The application process for the Special Program in Education follows our test-optional policy. No admission decision shall be impacted, and no student disadvantaged, if a standardized test score is not provided. Should you feel your standardized test score is an accurate reflection of your academic ability, and would like to have it considered as part of the application review, UConn requires official SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly from the appropriate test provider. SAT II subject tests are not considered in the application review. 

Upon completion of undergraduate course prerequisites, it is expected that the student will be accepted into the Neag School of Education providing that the additional criteria are met:

  • Completion of IB/M application including an acceptable essay;
  • A college cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.7 (4.0 scale). Applicants should note that this is the minimal state requirement, but admissions to the Neag School will be more competitive;
  • Completion of at least 54 credits of undergraduate coursework;
  • Completion of sufficient experiences working with children;
  • Favorable admission interview during the IB/M application phase (not during the freshman application phase); and
  • If accepted meet the PRAXIS Core requirement as set by the State of Connecticut

How to Apply:

Students can apply to the Special Program in Education directly through the Common Application. The Supplemental Application is also available for students who will not be using the Common Application to apply to the University as well as for those who have already submitted the Common Application. The University does not have a preference to which application is used.

Applicants must:

  • Indicate their interest in the program under the “Academics” tab in the University of Connecticut questions section.
  • Answer the program-specific questions and name their recommenders under the “Member Questions” tab in the “Writing Requirements” section.
  • Refer to the statement on recommendation letters below for additional information.

The optional resume can be uploaded as an attachment within the Common Application.

Applicants must:

  • Have submitted an application for admission to the University and activated your University issued NetID in order to access the supplemental application.
  • Answer the program-specific questions and name their recommenders on the supplemental application. Essays questions must be saved in a single Word or PDF document and uploaded to the supplemental application. Remember to include your name and date of birth in the document’s header. Please do not use your Social Security Number.
  • Refer to the statement on recommendation letters below for additional information.

The optional resume can be uploaded through the supplemental application.

Supplemental Application

  1. Please list your intended teaching grade level from the list below (Choose one): 
    • Elementary Education (grades 1-6); 
    • Comprehensive Special Education (grades K-12); 
    • Secondary Education (grades 7-12): 
  2.  If you chose Secondary Education (grades 7-12), please list your intended concentration (Choose one):
    • English
    • Mathematics 
    • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics), 
    • History and Social Studies
    • World Languages Education (French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish)
  3. Describe your interest in teaching the subject area you listed in questions one and two, as well your commitment to educating all children. (600 word response maximum)

Recommendation letters should address the student’s current academic status, extracurricular achievements, personal qualities, and potential for future success in/contributions to the field of education and the community. Applicants will be asked to name their recommenders as a part of the application. Recommendation letters may be sent via:

  • Fax to (860) 486-1476. The fax coversheet should be sent attention to "Special Program in Education."
  • Email to The subject line should read "Special Program in Education Recommendation."