Tips for Completing Your Statement of Intent
In addition to a completed online application, a Work History Form, and official transcripts, applicants to our Master of Education online programs are required to submit a Statement of Intent that addresses the three topics below. This is really the piece of the puzzle that requires the most thought—which in turn makes it the easiest to put off when you have a packed schedule. But you can do it! And once you do, you’re done. Here are some tips to help you start and finish.
Familiarize yourself with the three topics, right now. Knowing what you’ll need to write about may lead to an idea when you’re standing in line at the supermarket or during your commute, so even if you’ve already skimmed them, give them a good read here:
- Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing a Master of Education at Concordia. (~75-100 words)
- Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia’s overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program. (~200-250 words)
- Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge affecting P-12 educational settings. Provide an example. What action should educators take to address this challenge? (~200-250 words)
Set an actual alarm to start writing. If you’re the kind of person who lives and breathes by their smartphone reminders or paper planner, type or pencil in 15 minutes tonight or tomorrow night to just start writing. When you return to the task the next day, you won’t have to start from scratch.
Think about what’s important to you. It’s as easy as that. These topics are about YOU. Write what you know, consider what you like to read or talk about with friends, family, and other educators, and stay true to your style. The Director of Admissions will be reviewing this as a writing sample and to get to know you, so be yourself and enjoy the process.
Finish up someplace you won’t be distracted. A coffeehouse and a good pair of headphones, your emptied out classroom after your students leave for the day, your neighbors’ house while your other half watches your kids—wherever you can find a quiet space to dig in and focus, spend a good chunk of time there to wrap up your answers.
Proofread your answers, submit your doc, and relax. If you need a fresh set of eyes looking for typos, there’s no shame in having a friend or colleague proofread your answers. Another proofing tip we like: read your answers aloud. It’s easier to catch mistakes that way. Then when you’re feeling good with what you wrote, don’t overthink; hit submit and relax.
And guess what? The word count for this entire blog post is 560 words. When you stay within the range listed above for each answer, you won’t be writing anything too much longer than this post. That puts it into perspective, right? You can get this done!
Should you have any further questions about the application process or want to talk more about why a Concordia MEd is worth it, reach out to your Enrollment Specialist at any time. And be sure to check out our free guide: 5 tips for earning an MEd while still teaching full time. Good luck!