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Master of Arts in Teaching Admission

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Applicants wishing to pursue the job-embedded pathway and who do not have an earned baccalaureate degree in the content area must submit qualifying scores on the required content assessment. All other applicants accepted must pass all content area assessments before clinical practice.
Official transcripts from all previous college or university coursework.
Overall GPA of 2.75 OR 3.0 in the last 60 hours of degree.

Admission Requirements

2 professional letters of recommendation supporting applicant’s academic qualifications. Recommendations must be from individuals knowledgeable of applicant as a student or employee.
An essay stating the candidate’s reasons for desiring a career in teaching. Essay should be prepared in 11-point Arial font, double-spaced and no more than two pages in length.
TBI Background check with fingerprinting. Must be submitted directly to Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Admission Requirements

Once all required materials have been received, the MAT Graduate Advisory Council (GAC) will evaluate the candidate’s application. All applicants will be informed in writing of the committee’s decision.

The GAC will determine whether a candidate is job-embedded by employment verification with a public school.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

You earned your first degree, you found success in your career, but now you want more. You want to make a difference and share your passions with the next generation. You need a program of purpose to guide you to that next step.


Tennessee Wesleyan University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program has been developed specifically for career changers looking for that purpose.


The MAT program offers three areas of concentration:

Elementary Education K – 5
Secondary Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics 6 – 12
Special Education Interventionist K – 8


Even if your degree isn't in one of these content areas, you are still able to enter the program. Job-embedded students must provide passing scores PRAXIS in their specialty area, all others must pass PRAXIS tests before clinical training.


All areas lead to initial licensure and will prepare you for life in the classroom. During this 36 or 38 semester-hour program, you’ll join a cohort of other industry leaders making the switch to teaching.

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One Saturday a Month

In an effort to accommodate working adult schedules, the MAT program is offered in a hybrid format - allowing you the opportunity to complete you classes online with one day each month spent on campus.


Known as the Second Saturday program, students will complete assignments and discussion board forums online and spend the second Saturday each month on campus in Athens, TN. During this class time, students will have the opportunity to work together and meet with professors.


Program candidates entering the program for Elementary or Secondary Education will complete their studies in 36 semester-hours, while students in the Special Education specialization will complete the program in 38 semester-hours.


The Master of Arts in Teaching is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as a pathway for initial licensure in elementary education, secondary education (biology, chemistry and mathematics) and special education interventionist (K-8).