Admission Information: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Applicants will have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The MAT program admits candidates annually for Autumn Quarter.
Applicants must submit the following items to the Graduate Center
- Application and $50 application processing fee
- Official transcript(s) from each college/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)
- 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/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.
- Endorsement verification form. Contact Dr. Greg Gelderman for information about endorsements.
- 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 who meet the application deadline requirements, including an initial screening of their complete application file, will be interviewed on campus. All correspondence regarding the interview process will be carried out by email using the address provided in the application. Please set your email filters accordingly.
In order to be approved for full admission into the MAT program, all applicants must take and receive passing scores on all three sections (reading, writing, and mathematics) of the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B). In addition, applicants must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsements (WEST-E) in their desired endorsement area before enrolling in MAT classes. For the latest schedule information as well as test registration, visit west.nesinc.com.
Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, Suggested Course Sequence, and Admission Information.
Your source for information on all SPU graduate programs, as well as graduate admissions and events.