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Master of Arts in Teacher Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements for the Teacher Academy Program

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 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 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 Master of Arts in Teaching program.

This includes:

1. Achieve a minimum test score on GRE: Verbal Reasoning 151, Quantitative Reasoning 153.                                 

  • You can waive the GRE requirement if you achieve a minimum score on one of the following:
    • ACT: Reading 22 ACT: Math 22 OR
    • SAT: Evidence-Based Reading 542, SAT Math, 533 OR
    • Tennessee qualifying scores on the Praxis Core

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. We request that you email the Praxis Exam Reports to our office at the following: . We suggest taking it as early as possible in case a test must be repeated.

  1. Elementary Grades applicants (K-5) must submit passing scores (163 or higher) on the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Test Code #5018).
  2. Middle Grades applicants must submit passing scores (163 or higher) on the Middle Grades Math 6-8 (Test Code #5169) OR must submit passing scores (163 or higher) on the Middle Grades Science 6-8 (Test Code #5440).
  3. 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. 

This program requires a full year of residency. You are required to complete residency paperwork pertaining to your student teaching placement that will be due March 1 of the preceding semester. You will be offered the opportunity to apply for scholarships.  

This program also requires an oral examination in front of your chosen graduate committee during your final semester. 

In order to apply for scholarships for the spring semester, please submit an application by March 1 of the previous year. I.E. For our upcoming Spring 2019 cohort to receive scholarships from ETSU, the deadline is still March 1st 2018, as rewards are given on an academic year basis (2018-2019). This is also true for programs such as Tennessee Teaching Scholarship Program and the TEACH federal grant.

Please feel free to contact us with additional questions or to schedule an appointment to meet with the Teacher Academy Program Graduate Coordinator.


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