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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Admission Requirements

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Admission to the MAT program is based on an evaluation of undergraduate work, professional experience, and potential to succeed in a teaching environment. Students may enter the program at the beginning of the Fall or Summer semester.

A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed application form
  • $50 application fee (participation in an online or on-campus visit waives this fee)
  • Official college or university transcripts from each institution attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Transcripts or test scores are considered official when sent directly from the school or testing service. 
  • Personal statement—address the following questions in approximately 2 pages, double-spaced:
    • Describe why you are becoming a teacher
    • Elaborate on some experiences that you've had while teaching
    • Describe strengths that you would bring to the teaching profession
  • Professional resume detailing professional work experience, including relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities
  • Video interview
    • Share a short story that helps Westminster get to know you (about 2 minutes)
    • Given your own educational experiences, what are some of the major changes you would like to see in schools? How would you attempt to carry them out? (about 3 minutes).
    • Share how you communicate in professional settings. How have you communicated in a way that has contributed to collaborative work? How have you communicated to solve a problem? (about 2 minutes).
  • Letter from academic recommender—to assist Westminster in assessing the applicant's ability to thrive in a graduate program, describe the applicant's academic abilities in the following 3 areas:
    • Academic writing and oral communication
    • Management of projects and/or academic work
    • Capacity for critical and analytical thinking
  • Letter from professional recommender—to assist Westminster in assessing the applicant's ability to thrive in a graduate program, describe the applicant's skills and knowledge in the following 3 areas:
    • Interpersonal skills, including intercultural competency
    • Management skills, that could include time and/or project management
    • Leadership potential

When an individual’s application file is complete with required documents according to application dates, the application materials are evaluated by the MAT Admissions Committee. Once accepted to the program, the applicant must submit a $250 tuition deposit in 30 days or less, which guarantees a place in the entering class. Westminster operates rolling admissions, so it is best to apply as soon as possible. To preserve the faculty to student ratio, space availability in each class is limited. Westminster College reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates.

Note: Formal admission to the MAT Program does not guarantee a recommendation for licensure. Recommendation for licensure is made only upon completion of MAT degree requirements. Therefore, a teaching license will not be recommended without full completion of the MAT and the MAT will not be awarded without recommendation for a teaching license.