Teaching – M.A.T. – Admissions Requirements

M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) Admissions Requirements

Becoming a teacher is a big decision, and we’re glad you’ve made the choice to go forward and apply for our Master of Arts in Teaching program. Please review the admissions requirements carefully. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help: admissions@marylhurst.edu or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

Initial review of applications begins March 1. Applications received after this date are welcomed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. New MAT students begin fall term.

M.A. in Teaching: Admissions Requirements

Because you are applying to a master’s program at Marylhurst, we require that you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.

Amanda Stover – Graduate Admissions Counselor

“Ready to take that next step to become a teacher? I’m here to you help you. Our M.A. in Teaching is a premier program in the NW and we have a high rate of our graduates getting teaching jobs straight out of the program.  I do know that applying to graduate school is a big decision, and the requirements and process can seem confusing. As an admissions counselor, I can help you navigate the process and answer your questions. Feel free to reach out to me for help with your graduate admissions application.”

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M.A.T: Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Marylhurst. As you review the list, know that we’re here to help you if you have any questions about the required materials for admissions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application
    Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Resume
    • Official transcript from the regionally accredited institution where you earned a degree (additional transcripts may be requested as proof of program pre-requisites)
    • Recommendations
    • Statement of intent
    • Fingerprint verification
    • Essay or writing sample

As part of the application process, you will also be invited for an interview with program faculty. Interviews are scheduled once we receive your completed application.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must be received by Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope or through approved electronic means from the originating institution. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via a secure delivery service such as National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

Statement of Intent
This is a brief essay in which you introduce yourself and share information about your academic goals and experiences. This is not a formal academic or research paper, but it should be proofread for errors and grammar to ensure readability. This essay may be used as part of the scholarship consideration process at Marylhurst University. Please write a one-to-two page paper in 12pt. font. Make sure to include your name in the top, right-hand corner of each page. Please address the following questions:

  • Why have you chosen your course of study?
  • Why have you chosen Marylhurst University?
  • How does this degree fit into your past/current life experiences and future goals?

To submit the statement, you can upload it inside the online application portal, or email it to admissions@marylhurst.edu or FAX it to 503.699.6320.

We really simplified this process. All you will need are the names and contact information (email) for your recommenders. In the online application, you will be prompted to input their information. This sends your recommenders an email with directions on how to submit their recommendation letter. Easy, right?

We’re a writing-intensive program. To make sure you are prepared for graduate-level work, we just want to see a sample of your writing. We ask all MAT applicants to write comprehensive essays (1-2 pages per question, double-spaced, in 12-point font) covering the following topics:

  • Why do you want to be a teacher?
  • What are the most important issues, other than funding, facing education/teachers and/or students?
  • Write a letter to one of your teachers explaining what their influence means in your career choice. Enclose one copy with your application. Consider mailing another copy to that teacher.

Fingerprint Verification
Because you start field work within your first term, Oregon law requires all student teachers to submit their fingerprints for a background check. This verification is administered by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and requires a processing fee. You can read details on the application and verification process on TSPC’s website.

You will complete an online eLicensing application

  • In the online application eLicensing, select “Clinical Practices” for the licensing category.
  • Within five to seven days, TSPC will send an email with codes and instructions.
  • You can then contact the nearest fingerprint office for an appointment!

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

Begin the process by creating your online application account. That will get your admissions application started.

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