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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. One college-level introductory Psychology course.
  2. B.A. or B.S. degree in Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics or History (or equivalent coursework) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  3. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
  4. Formal application with essay.
  5. Official college transcripts.
  6. Current resume.

Admission to the student teaching semester requires:

  1. *Pennsylvania state passing scores on appropriate PRAXIS II Subject Assessments for each certification.
  2. Current (no more than one year old) clearances for Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Record), Act 114 (FBI Fingerprint) and Act 151 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History) clearances.
  3. Negative TB test report dated no more than two years prior to student teaching.
  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 regarding completed undergraduate credits required for teacher certification can schedule an appointment with the Program Director. The Program Director can provide consultation for possible pathways to meet these requirements.

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.

*Applicants are encouraged to take and pass the PRAXIS exam prior to beginning the program if the exam is offered at that time.