Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST)
Step - by - Step Instructions for Gaining Entry to the MUST Program
I. Review entrance requirements
- 2.75 GPA if your degree is less than 6 years old
- 3.00 GPA if your degree is more than 6 years old
Arrange to have your transcript evaluated by Nancy Ciganko. You should make an appointment with Nancy or contact her to make alternative arrangements if you are unable to arrange an appointment.
You must have the majority of the prerequisite coursework completed prior to entering the MUST program. Due to the accelerated nature of the program, it is not recommended that MUST interns take more than 2-3 licensure courses during their MUST experience. Below is a list of available specializations. Click on the name of the specialization you are interested in to download a checklist of its requisite coursework. All checklists are in PDF format.
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Mathematics and Single Physics
- Science: Below are the various science sub-fields (choose one)
- Integrated Social Studies
Licensure in integrated social studies requires 75-86 semester hours in specific history, economics, political science, and other social studies courses. A transcript evaluation will determine eligibility.
- Foreign Language – Spanish
Licensure in Spanish requires 46 semester hours of specific courses in Spanish. A transcript evaluation by the Modern Languages Department is required.
II. Attend a MUST Information Session
These sessions are usually held in October or November. Contact a MUST administrator to find out when the next session will be held.
III. Complete the MUST Application
The MUST application entails a brief form to be completed as well as an entrance essay.
IV. Set Up An Interview
Arrange a day and time for you to meet with the director of the program to discuss a series of topics relating to MUST. This is also where you can learn more about the program and its nuances. In the interview, you may be asked why you feel that you are a qualified candidate for the program. From here, the director will determine whether you are a fit candidate for MUST.
V. Acceptance Letters are Mailed
You will be notified of your acceptance into our program with an email from Anne Ciganko. Emails will be sent out soon after the interview. Candidates typically are notified around the winter holidays.
Am I Right for the MUST program?
The MUST program is a very intense experience. While teaching in an urban high school is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have, it can also be one of the most challenging. Not all people are well suited to the endeavor. Below are a few things to consider before beginning the admission process.
- Are you able to work in an environment which can be at times very challenging? Though many of the myths regarding urban high schools are just that, it is true that at times your future work environment will be energetic and challenging. Being able to persevere in these situations is important,
- Are you comfortable working with a diverse group of students? Urban high schools are some of the most diverse work environments in this country. You will encounter children from many different countries, who speak a myriad number of languages, who you will be expected to teach. You will have children who may be of a different racial or ethnic background from your own or are openly gay or bisexual. You will be expected to respect each child and teach all children equitably. If you foresee difficulty in doing so, you may want to consider a different career.
- Are you comfortable working with students who come from impoverished circumstances? Many urban high school students are unable to provide the material resources necessary for their academic success. You will be expected to devise solutions to these problems in the classroom and provide excellent learning opportunities regardless of the socioeconomic status of your students.
- Finally, are you willing to commit yourself to an intensive 14 - month program where you will be pushed to become a reflective, responsive teacher - leader who is devoted to teaching in an urban high school? The MUST program can be very intense at times. You will be supported from many different areas, but your learning and success will be wholly dependent on you.
If you answered yes to these questions, then chances are good that you will make an excellent candidate for the MUST program. Best of luck in the admission process!