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Master of Arts in Teacher Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements for the Teacher Academy Program

We currently offer initial teacher licensure for Middle and Secondary Grades

Application Deadlines


July 1 for Fall 

(2 year option)

December 1 for Spring

(17 month option)

April 1 for Summer

(12 month option)

When applying for the MAT program, you need to designate for which term you are applying. If you are not sure which one is best for you, please make an appointment with the MAT graduate coordinator. Call 423-439-7588 or email:  

See specific deadlines for international students in this year's calendar.

The first step towards admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is applying to the School of Graduate Studies.

Our program is listed under the tab - Master's Degrees as Teacher Education, MAT.

Middle Grades Education 6-8 Concentration
Secondary Education 7-12 and PreK-12 Concentration

Application Requirements:
    • Transcripts (Note: Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.)
    • 3 Letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • Submission of scores for GRE or ACT or SAT or PRAXIS Core 
    • Passing score on the state required licensure exam

Please remember to check deadlines with the School of Graduate Studies and apply for the correct term.

For specific questions regarding your application, please contact Fiona Goodyear, our Graduate Program Specialist.
Email:   Phone: 423-439-6148.

1. Achieve a minimum test score on GRE:

Verbal Reasoning 151, Quantitative Reasoning 153.

*Note: A waiver for the GRE requirement can be requested from the Graduate Coordinator if the applicant meets or exceeds the minimum requirements on one of the following state mandated tests:

o    ACT 22 composite score, ACT 21 composite score will be considered OR

o    SAT: Reading 543 and Math 533; SAT combined score of 1020 will be considered OR

o    PRAXIS CORE: Reading 168 and Math 162; PRAXIS CORE Reading 156 and Math 150 will be considered

2. Passing score on the required state licensure exam in your specific area.

Once you receive your licensure score report electronically, forward it to: . 

Everyone must receive a passing score on the state required licensure exam in their specific area before they can be admitted into the program.(per Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators 5.105 rev. 5/31/2019). 

  • Middle Grades applicants must submit passing scores (220 or higher) on the NES assessments for Middle Grades Math 6-8OR must submit passing scores (150 or higher) on the Praxis II Exam in Middle Grades Science 6-8 (Test Code #5440).
  • Secondary applicants (exception: Mathematics) must submit passing scores for the test that corresponds with their desired field for initial licensure.  Details can be found on this website under secondary education.
  • Beginning September 1, 2019, secondary mathematics students should take the NES assessments for Secondary Math 6-12 with a passing score of 220 or higher. They can find information on the NES exams at NES Assessments.  

3. Pass a criminal background check. Here is a PDF on how to perform this.

4. Attend mandatory MAT Advising/Orientation.

You will be notified of the date and time for your advising/orientation meeting once the MAT Office receives your completed application from the School of Graduate Studies. 

You are able to apply for scholarships as you begin your application process-you do not have to wait to be accepted. Many deadlines fall on March 1st or April 15th, if not sooner than those dates, for funding the following academic year.

In order to apply for scholarships for the spring semester, please submit an application by March 1 of the previous year. I.E. For our upcoming Spring 2019 cohort to receive scholarships from ETSU, the deadline is still March 1st 2018, as rewards are given on an academic year basis (2018-2019). This is also true for programs such as Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program and the TEACH federal grant. 

This program also requires a capstone project (edTPA) during the final semester. 

Please feel free to with additional questions or to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions about the program or about graduate school, please contact Fiona Goodyear, 
Program Specialist. Contact: Call 423-439-6148 or email .
Burgin-Dossett Hall Room 309-F

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