Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree Program

A. MAT Program Admission

Applicants must complete admissions requirements to be admitted. All admissions requirements must be met prior to being admitted into the MAT program. MAT admission requirements are designed to be both competitive and selective, to be knowledge and performance-based, to be clear and consistent, to maintain diversity, and to meet or exceed undergraduate requirements and minimum state requirements.

To be admitted to the MAT program a candidate must:

  1. Take and pass all sections of the Core Academics Skills for Educations (CORE). (Reading, Writing, and Math).  If the GRE has already been taken, the student may have the CORE waived if the scores are appropriate (verbal 143, quantitative 138, writing 3.5) and are less than 5 years old.
  2. Take and pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam required for the student licensure area. Please refer to http://www.state.tn.us/education/lic/nte.shtml to verify what exam should be taken.
  3. Submit an application to Graduate Admissions in 101 Wilder Tower including the following:
    • An official transcript reflecting an earned bachelor's degree with a 3.0 or higher grade point average from an accredited institution. Applicants with a successful professional career may appeal this grade point average requirement.
    • Passing scores on the CORE Academic Skills for Educators reading (156), writing (162), and math (150) subtests.
    • Passing scores on the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam for the licensure area they plan to teach. (NOTE: Special Education applicants may submit passing scores on the Elementary Content Knowledge Exam, Middle School Content Knowledge Exam, or the Education of Exceptional Student: Core Content Knowledge Exam.)
  4. Submit the ICL department MAT application to the Graduate Analyst in Ball Hall 215 (3798 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38152) along with copies of the CORE and Praxis II Content Knowledge scores.

B. TEP Program Admission

  1. Students who plan to pursue a graduate program of studies leading to teacher licensure must submit a formal application to the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students are encouraged to apply for admission into TEP as soon as they enroll in any College of Education, Health and Human Sciences courses.
  2. TEP admissions deadlines are September 15 for fall and January 31 for spring.
  3. Requirements for provisional admission into TEP include:
    • A grade point average of 3.25 at the graduate level and undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
    • Successful completion of a professional interview;
    • Pass all sections of the CORE Academic Skills for Educators;
    • Pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam required by the State of Tennessee for the licensure area being pursued.
    • TBI Background Check
    • Completion of teacher aptitude survey
  4. Requirements for full admission to TEP must be completed prior to the Clinical Teaching Semester and/or the semester candidates enroll in ICL 7993. They include:
    • 3.25 graduate grade point average
    • Interview by program faculty with on-demand writing sample
    • Exemplar work sample utilizing the professional portfolio

Passing scores on all required Praxis II Licensure Exams Licensure and Graduation:  Candidates participating in the Clinical Teaching Semester and/or ICL 7993 must submit a successful edTPA.  Transitionally licensed candidates must have a composite of 3.0 on the Teacher Evaluation used in their employing district or have a letter verifying renewal by the employing district.

Students must be provisionally admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) before completing all Level I courses and starting Level II courses. (Level I Professional Core courses provide requisite foundations for teaching and should be completed before taking Level II Professional Specialization courses that focus on specialized strategies for teaching and learning in educational environments).

Students who do not apply to TEP or fail to maintain criteria during the program will not be allowed to continue in the program.

NOTE: MAT admission, TEP admission, and Graduate School admission are separate procedures.

C. Program Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching

Students seeking licensure and the MAT degree must take a minimum of 30-46 graduate semester hours, depending on program and licensure area. Minimum hours may increase depending on licensure requirements. Students who are employed by a school district on a transitional license may have the Level III (clinical teaching semester) waived if they provide the necessary documentation to verify one year of successful teaching experience in their area of licensure with a composite Teacher Evaluation Score of 3.0 or higher. Students in this category should contact the Teacher Education Office in 202 Ball Hall for specific requirements. Please note that all initial licensure candidates must take ICL 7993, either along with clinical teaching semester or the last semester before applying for license if working on a transitional license. This course serves as the culminating experience and will require successful completion of the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) to be able to be recommended for licensure.

1. Program Requirements

  • Students seeking Early Childhood Licensure (PreK-3) and the MAT degree must complete the following requirements:
    • Early Childhood (PreK-3) Level I Licensure Requirements: ECED 6510, EDPR 7110; ICL 7106, SPED 7000; IDT 7061.
    • Early Childhood Level II and III Licensure Requirements: ECED 6520, 6530, 6540, 7102; RDNG 7553; ICL 7804 (6 hours), ICL 7993 (3 hours).
    • Students are required to complete a minimum number of structured field experiences during the day in PreK-3 settings prior to clinical teaching semester. These field experiences will be incorporated into courses required for licensure.
    • MAT Degree requirements in addition to (1), (2), and (3) above: EDPR 7521 and ICL 7993 (Professional Seminar & Teacher Performance Assessment-3 Hours).
  • Students seeking Elementary Licensure (K-5) and the MAT degree must complete the following requirements:
    • Elementary (K-5) Level I Licensure Requirements: ICL 7059, SPED 7000; EDPR 7111; IDT 7061.
    • Elementary Early Grades Level II and III Licensure Requirements: ICL 7504, 7605, 7654, 7709; RDNG 7553, 7554; ICL 7806 (6 hours), 7993 (3 hours);
    • Elementary Early Grades students are required to complete a minimum number of structured field experiences during the day in elementary school settings prior to clinical teaching semester. These field experiences will be incorporated into courses required for licensure.
    • MAT Degree requirements in addition to (1), (2), and (3) above: EDPR 7521 and ICL 7993 (Professional Seminar & Teacher Performance Assessment-3 Hours).
  • Clinical teaching semester students seeking Secondary Licensure and the MAT degree must complete the following requirements:
    • Secondary Level I Licensure Requirements: IDT 7061; SPED 7000; EDPR 7112 (or EDPR 7117 or ASTL 7703 [RODP]); ICL 7030 or TELC 7002 (RODP);
    • Secondary Level II and III Licensure Requirements: RDNG 7544; 3 hours of appropriate methods courses ICL 7174, 7303, 7502, 7602, 7652; BUED 7655; and ICL 7808 (6 hours) and ICL 7993 (3 hours).
    • Students are required to complete a number of clinical/field experiences during the day in secondary school settings prior to clinical teaching semester. These field experiences will be incorporated into courses required for licensure.
    • MAT Degree Requirements in addition to (1), (2), and (3) above: EDPR 7521 and ICL 7993 (Professional Seminar & Teacher Performance Assessment-3 Hours). Must be taken prior to clinical teaching semester and ICL 7993.
    • Students who wish to become licensed as a teacher of foreign languages that do not require a PRAXIS content knowledge test must pass the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Examination in addition to the requirements for licensure that other students must meet.
    • Students seeking secondary licensure must select one of the following endorsement areas: art education, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, English as a Second Language, French, geography, German, government, history, Latin, library information specialist, marketing, math, physics, political science, psychology, Russian, sociology, Spanish, and other foreign languages.
  • Students seeking Special Education Licensure and the MAT degree must complete the following requirements:
    • Special Education Level I Licensure Requirements: EDPR 7110 or 7111; SPED 7000, 7001 or PSYC 7800; ICL 7105 and 7106;
    • Special Education Level II and III Licensure Requirements: SPED 7211, 7212, 7221, 7241 (6 hours), or PSYC 7808; and ICL 7993 (3 hours).
    • Licensure areas (chose one):
    • Interventionist: RDNG 7553.
    • Comprehensive (K-12): SPED 6000, 6601, 7042.
    • Early Childhood (PreK-1): SPED 6601, 7121, 7141.
    • Students in the Interventionist Licensure program are required to complete a minimum of 116 clock hours of clinical/field experience during the day in special education settings prior to clinical teaching semester. Students in the Comprehensive and Early Childhood licensure programs are required to complete a minimum of 124 clock hours of clinical/field experience during the day in special education settings prior to clinical teaching semester. These field experiences will be incorporated into courses required for licensure.
    • MAT Degree Requirements: In addition to (1) through (4) above: EDPR 7521 and ICL 7993 (Professional Seminar & Teacher Performance Assessment-3 Hours).
  • All students seeking teacher licensure must successfully pass clinical teaching semester or must document successful completion of professional experience in lieu of clinical teaching semester.
    • Students who are employed by a school district on a transitional license issued by the State of Tennessee may have the Level III clinical teaching semester waived if they provide the necessary documentation to verify one year of successful teaching experience and composite score of 3 or higher on the Teacher Evaluation used by their employing district. They must also be successful with the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) to be recommended for licensure. Students in this category should contact the Licensure Coordinator for specific requirements.
    • Students must enroll in the appropriate clinical teaching semester course during clinical teaching semester.
    • Applications for clinical teaching semester must be filed one semester before clinical teaching semester.
    • Application for documenting successful completion of professional experience in lieu of clinical teaching semester must be filed at the beginning of the first month of the semester in which the candidate plans to complete the approved academic program leading to final licensure. Completion of the edTPA must be completed during the semester the candidate on a transitional license plans to apply for their apprentice license.completion of professional experience in lieu of clinical teaching semester.
  • Licensure in Tennessee requires acceptable scores on specified Praxis II Tests of pedagogy and teaching content knowledge.
  • Validation of methods courses is not permitted.

2. Retention

To remain in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the Teacher Education Program (TEP) the student must maintain a graduate grade point average of 3.25. Failure to maintain a 3.25 GPA will result in termination of a candidate's TEP status and will result in academic probation in the MAT program.