Thank you for your interest in the Teacher Academy program for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
There are various options available:
- The 17-month Fast-Track option (Spring-Summer-Fall-Spring) begins in January.
- Teacher Candidates can also choose to begin in the fall semester for a two or three
year track option.
This program is designed to meet teacher licensing requirements at the graduate level for the state of Tennessee.
- We currently offer initial licensure options for Elementary Grades (k-5) Middle Grades (6-8) content specific, and Secondary Grades (K-12 or 6-12).
The first step towards admission into the Teacher Education program for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is to apply online to the School of Graduate Studies.
This application includes:
- Proof of residency.
- Transcripts verifying that you hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning that did not result in a teaching license; and graduated with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Three letters of recommendation attesting to academic ability and professional aptitude. The letters can be completed on the Graduate Studies Online Letters of Recommendation.
- An essay which can be completed electronically on the graduate school application or typed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. The prompt for this essay will be provided on the graduate school application.
- Associated fee: $55 for domestic and $65 for international applications.
All the necessary forms are available on the School of Graduate Studies website. You can apply online by clicking the School of Graduate Studies application.
For specific questions regarding the application to the graduate school please contact our Graduate Program Specialist, Fiona Goodyear, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (423) 439-6148.
Please remember to check deadlines with the School of Graduate Studies and apply for the correct term.
If you have any questions about the graduate school, wish to set up a campus tour, and/or need general assistance please contact David Moore, Graduate Studies Recruiter, by email at email@example.com or by phone at (423) 439-6149.
Once you have initiated your graduate school application, you should begin completing the requirements for acceptance into the Teacher Academy program.
1. Passing scores on one of the following:
- the GRE;
- ACT score of 22 or higher;
- SAT score of 1080 or higher;
- or the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) exams.
We request that you email the Praxis Exam Reports to our office at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org. We suggest taking it as early as possible in case a test must be repeated.
2. Everyone must receive a passing score on the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam in their specific area before they can be admitted into the program.
- Elementary Grades applicants (K-5) must submit passing scores (163 or higher) on the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Test Code #5018).
- Middle Grades applicants must submit passing scores (163 or higher) on the Middle Grades Math 6-8 (Test Code #5440) OR must submit passing scores (163 or higher) on the Middle Grades Science 6-8 (Test Code #5169).
- Secondary applicants must submit passing scores for the test that corresponds with their desired field for licensure. Details can be found on this website under secondary education.
More information about Praxis test can be found in the Praxis section of this website.
3. Pass a criminal background check.
4. Pass the Teacher Admission Board Interview and cold writing sample*.
*Applicants will be notified of dates for a Teacher Admission Board interview after the program coordinator receives completed applications from the School of Graduate Studies. In anticipation for the interview, teacher candidates should prepare to write about and/or answer questions pertaining to educational values, technology in education, learning environments, diversity, and educational issues.
Once you are accepted into both the graduate school and the program: You will be required to complete residency paperwork pertaining to your student teaching placement and will be offered the opportunity to apply for scholarships.
Both residency paperwork and scholarship applications are due on March 1 prior to the residency year.
Please feel free to contact us with additional questions or to schedule an appointment to meet with the Teacher Academy Program Graduate Coordinator.