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Master of Arts in Teacher Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements for the Teacher Academy Program

Application Deadlines


July 1 for Fall 

(2 year option)

December 1 for Spring

(17 month option)

April 1 for Summer

(12 month option)

When applying for the MAT program, you need to designate for which term you are applying. If you are not sure which one is best for you, please make an appointment with the MAT graduate coordinator. Call 423-439-7588 or email:  

See specific deadlines for international students in this year's calendar.

The first step towards admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is applying to the School of Graduate Studies.

Program listed as Teacher Education, MAT.

We offer:

  • Middle Grades Education 6-8 Concentration
  • Secondary Education 7-12 and PreK-12 Concentration

The Graduation Program Application Requires:

    • Complete Transcripts (Note: Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.)
    • 3 e-Letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • Passing scores on any of the following: GRE or ACT or SAT or PRAXIS Core 
    • Passing score on the state required content licensure exam

Please remember to check deadlines with the School of Graduate Studies and apply for the correct term.

For specific questions regarding your application, please contact Fiona Goodyear, our Graduate Program Specialist.
Email:   Phone: 423-439-6148.

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

*Note: A waiver for the GRE requirement can be requested from the Graduate Coordinator if the applicant meets or exceeds the minimum requirements on one of the following state mandated tests:

  • ACT 22 composite score, ACT 21 composite score will be considered.
  • SAT: Reading 543 and Math 533; SAT combined score of 1020 will be considered.
  • PRAXIS CORE: Reading 168 and Math 162; PRAXIS CORE Reading 156 and Math 150 will be considered.

2. Passing score on the required state licensure exam in your specific area.

Once you receive your licensure score report electronically, forward it to:

Everyone must receive a passing score on the state required licensure exam in their specific area before they can be admitted into the program.(per Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators 5.105 rev. 5/31/2019). 

Details can be found on this website. 

3. Pass a criminal background check. Here is the information on "How to do a Background check.".

Background Checks Packages are good for one calendar year. If you have completed an initial Background Check Package, you can complete an Affirmation of Background Check to extend the duration of the background check for another year. An Affirmation of Background Check is a document that affirms the status of the background check from when it was originally completed.

4. Attend mandatory MAT Advising/Orientation.

You will be notified of the date and time for your advising/orientation meeting once the MAT Office receives your completed application from the School of Graduate Studies. 

This program requires a capstone project (edTPA) during the final semester. This is required for successfully completing the program and for eligibility for teacher licensure.

 We serve the following school districts:

County School Districts: Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.
City School Districts: Blountville, Bristol (TN), Church Hill, Elizabethton, Erwin, Greeneville, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Morristown, Mountain City, Newport, Roan Mountain, Rogersville, Sneedville, and Tusculum.

Please feel free to with additional questions or to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions about the program or about graduate school, please contact Fiona Goodyear, 
Program Specialist. Contact: Call 423-439-6148 or email .
Burgin-Dossett Hall Room 309-F

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