Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
The purpose of this program is to provide an additional quality pathway to AR teacher licensure for our region and state. Individuals seeking to enter public school teaching with bachelor’s degrees are eligible to earn initial licensure through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
The MAT includes Teacher Education core courses along with specialized courses to create a Masters Program for initial licensure.
In relation to admission, candidates should contact the graduate office, fill out an application for graduate school with a declared major in Middle Level Education, and process the following items with the ASU Graduate School office.
Graduate School Criteria:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework must be submitted from all institutions attended.)
- Complete the ASU graduate school application and qualify for graduate admission.
- The acceptance of previous graduate work including transfer work is at the discretion of the MAT Program Director.
In addition to Graduate School criteria, academic proficiency must be established through satisfaction of either of the following admissions selection criteria:
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on any specialty area content work applied to the MAT Program and a minimum of the following scores on the GRE: Verbal Reasoning – 142; Quantitative Reasoning – 142; Analytical Writing – 3.5.
- Attain minimum passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) and obtain a minimum score of 156 on reading (test code 5712), 162 on writing (test code 5722), and 150 on mathematics (test code 5732) prior to final program admission in the MAT Program and Teacher Education or meet any additional criteria as may be allowed by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Conditional admission may be granted to candidates with the appropriate GPA for one semester to complete the GRE or Praxis Core admission testing. Students may make no grade in a graduate class below a B while in conditional status. Students failing to meet the appropriate scores by the end of the first semester must withdraw from the program and seek re-admission after the test criteria are met.