Application Requirements

Admissions Overview

  • Requirements for admission to the Chinese Education adolescence I/P program will be the same as for all other LOTE Education adolescence I/P applicants.┬áThis means you must have a 3.0 minimum GPA in the undergraduate bachelor's degree, meet the 30 credits general education requirement, and must have majored in, or completed, equivalent 30 credit hours in Chinese language and/or culture to ensure an acceptable level of proficiency at the start of the program.
  • If applying to the initial-professional program, you will also participate in a modified oral proficiency interview (OPI) administered by a UB evaluator familiar with American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language's OPI assessment. You will be required to achieve at least an intermediate-mid level score, as is the case for all other LOTE Initial/Professional programs.

Online Application

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • Applicants must ensure that they have an acceptable major that can lead to New York State teacher certification in their content area.
  • Applicants to the master's degree program (Professional Certification) must have applied for, or received New York State initial teacher certification in the matching certification area. If application for teacher certification is in process, proof of such application must be submitted. If already certified, a copy of proof of teacher certification is required.
  • Applications are online. All sections of the application must be completed before submission electronically. The application cannot be revised after it has been submitted. To be reviewed for admission to the program, applicants must submit the following:
    • Completed online application
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for applicants pursuing any of the tracks (initial, initial/professional, and professional) of the teacher education program.
    • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
    • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from faculty who can address your academic performance. On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

Please Note: Admission is competitive: academic record, written statements, and interviews are basic components.

Former/Maiden Name: Note to all applicants, please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision

The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 6-8 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

In order to be compliant with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are prohibited from discussing the admissions decision with anyone other than you, the applicant.


Questions related to the admission process may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at (716) 645-2110, or by email to