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Admission Information: Master of Arts in Teaching

Applicants will have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. New cohorts are admitted each April. The program begins autumn quarter, in September.

Applicants must submit the following items to the Graduate Center

  • Application and $50 application processing fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended
    • If your degree is not from a U.S. college or university, please arrange for your transcript to be evaluated by an accredited transcript evaluation company such as WES. Have the report forwarded directly to the Graduate Center
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages)
  • Résumé
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores taken within five years of application
    • On the former GRE exam, preferred minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 950
    • On the revised GRE exam, preferred minimum scores of Verbal: 148 and Quantitative: 147
    • On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400*
  • Two to four letters of recommendation
  • Passing WEST-B scores including 240 on each subtest: reading, writing, and mathematics
    • Applicants may use a combination of SAT, ACT, and WEST-B scores to meet the WEST-B requirement (reading writing, mathematics). Please contact the Graduate Center if you have questions.
      • Minimum SAT scores required - Math: 515, Reading: 500, Writing: 490
      • Minimum ACT scores required - Math: 22, Reading: 22, Writing: 8
  • Passing State Endorsement Test
    • WEST-E or NES must be passed January 1 of the first year of the program, except for those endorsing in special education, designated world languages, and English language learners, which must be passed September 1 of the second year of the program.
      • Those endorsing in designated world languages or bilingual education must also pass oral and writing proficiency tests (OPI and WPT) in their language area
      • Several NES study guides are located on the main floor Reference section of the SPU library
    • Endorsement Verification form
      • Endorsements are the content and grade levels a teacher is prepared to teach. The Professional Education Standards Board (PESB) provides a comprehensive list of all endorsements offered at SPU.
        • If your college major matches your intended endorsement, complete the Endorsement Verification form in the application.
        • If your major does not match your intended endorsement, please contact Dr. Greg Gelderman. Complete the Endorsement Verification form only after contacting Dr. Gelderman. On the form, indicate that you have been in contact with him and list your "Approved Plan of Study" if one has been developed.
    • Moral Character and Personal Fitness Policy form (found in the online application)

      *The GRE or MAT will be waived for students who achieved at least (a) a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or (b) a 3.0 in the last 45 quarter credits.

      Applicants with complete files submitted by the deadline are screened for interviews, held on the SPU campus in April. Invitations to interview are sent by email. Applicants are advised to add these email addresses as contacts to avoid inadvertent delivery of correspondence to spam or junk folders.

      Program Prerequisites

      In order to be approved for full admission into the MAT program, applicants must pass all three sections (reading, writing, and mathematics) of the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B), or equivalent using SAT and ACT scores as shown above. In addition, applicants must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsements (WEST-E or NES) in their preferred endorsement area(s) according to the schedule shown above.

      Application Deadline

      March 15

      Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, Course Sequence, and Admission Information.

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