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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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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
  • Statement of purpose describing:
    1. The process that has led you to choose teaching as a career.
    2. What subject(s) and grade level do you want to teach, and why?
    3. The most important skills and personal characteristics that you bring to the field of teaching.
    4. A recent learning experience that tells us something about you as a learner.
  • Two professional and/or educational recommendations from current or previous supervisors/professors using forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A personal résumé detailing professional work experience to include relevant job titles, work experiences, responsibilities, and related activities.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing proof of baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • All MAT candidates must pass one of the following tests before being admitted to the program:
    • ACT composite score of 21 with verbal/English score no less than 20 and a mathematics/quantitative score no less than 19 (scores must be current from the past 6 years)
    • Combined SAT score of 1000 with neither the mathematics nor verbal score below 450 (scores must be current from the past 6 years)
    • Passing score on appropriate Praxis II test.
    • Regardless of the test used for admission, the Praxis II must have a passing score prior to applying for student teaching. See the Westminster MAT web site or contact the School of Education for information about the required Praxis II examinations.

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.