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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

Deadlines are approaching!

June 1st for Fall (2 year option)

October 26th for Spring entry (17 month option)

Both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 candidates take the same courses, have the same residency year and requirements, and should graduate in May 2021 pending completion of those requirements.

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 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
    • GRE or ACT or SAT or PRAXIS Core 
    • Passing score on the PRAXIS II 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.

You can waive the GRE requirement if you achieve a minimum score on one of the following:

ACT: Reading 22, ACT: Math 22 OR
SAT: Evidence-Based Reading 544, SAT: Math, 533 OR
Praxis Core - Reading:156, Writing:162, Mathematics:150.

2. Passing score on the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam in your specific area (See this page for more info).

Once you receive your Praxis Score Report electronically, forward it to: . 

Middle Grades: You must take math or science as one of your subjects for the MAT program. Middle Grades Math 6-8 (Code 5169) and Science 6-8 (Code 5440) Tennessee passing scores are on the ETS website and are subject to change.

Secondary: The test that corresponds with your desired field for licensure is listed here under Secondary or All Grades (Art, Music, PE, Theater).

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 an oral examination during your 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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