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Master of Arts in Teaching with Initial Secondary Teaching Certification (MAT)

Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to the MAT Program, applicants must have met the following criteria:

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  3. Formal application with essay.
  4. Official college transcripts.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. Current resume.

The applicant must also have:

  1. One college-level introductory psychology course
  2. B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, History or equivalent coursework.
  3. Current (no more than one-year-old) clearances for Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Record) and Act 151 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History) clearances.
  4. Membership in Student Pennsylvania State Education Associations (SPSEA).
  5. Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit an official report of TOEFL scores or other proof of competency in English.

Applicants seeking admission into the MAT Program may be admitted on a regular or conditional basis. Regularly admitted students are applicants who the Admission Committee determines have the preparation to successfully complete the program. Applicants who do not meet the above admission criteria may be considered for conditional admission after a personal interview with the program director.

A conditionally admitted student may enroll in a maximum of four courses (12 credits). Upon completion of the four courses and fulfillment of any specified conditions, the student’s record and admissions criteria will be reviewed to determine the student’s potential for successfully completing the program. If the evaluation of all relevant admission criteria is positive, the student’s admission status will be changed to reflect a regular admission.

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