Education Specialties
Holloway Hall

Master of Arts in Teaching Admission

Students who are accepted into the M. A. T. program Option 1 move through the sixteen (16) month program in a cohort of no more than twenty-two (22) students. The program begins during the January winter term, and is completed by the end of May in the following year. Classes are usually held during the evening, with some beginning around 3:30 p.m.

Some daytime commitment is required during the program to complete the required 100 days of observation time in the public schools. During the winter and initial spring semesters, students will be in public schools for a half-day a week. During the fall semester, students begin their internship by being in the schools one full day a week. Full-time daytime commitment to a fourteen (14) week internship is necessary during the final spring semester.

All materials for the
2015-2016 MAT Cohort
must be received by
Department of Education Specialties 
no later than October 1, 2014


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student to the Master of Arts in Teaching program, the prospective student must:

  • possess a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate content area, including adequate and current content area coursework in the intended certification area
  • meet all requirements for full admission to the graduate program
  • Students must submit passing scores which meet Maryland standards on one of the following tests before beginning the program: Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT test (Passing scores  are:  Praxis I Reading – 177; Praxis I Writing – 173; Praxis I Math – 177; SAT prior to 1995 – 1000; SAT after 1995 – 1100; GRE prior to 9/1/11– 1000; GRE after 9/1/11 - 297; ACT - 24). Also, students must take and pass Praxis II prior to graduation.
  • undergo a structured interview by the joint MAT Admission Committee
  • possess an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, or possess a prior graduate degree
  • submit official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • submit three letters of recommendation (Recommendation form) from individuals who can speak to the following criteria:
  1. ability to write at an appropriate skill level for graduate level work
  2. a level of motivation appropriate to carry the candidate through a rigorous graduate program.

Prospective students should meet with their Department of Education Specialties advisor for their content area (see attached list) to assess whether they have deficits for content course work. Those students who lack appropriate coursework will be expected to take the identified courses prior to their enrollment in the internship.

Passing Praxis II Content and Pedagogy scores must be reported before graduation.

Admissions Process

In order to be considered for the next MAT cohort, your application must follow a four-step process. Please be advised that the MAT is a competitive program, and limited spaces are available. No guarantee of acceptance exists for any applicant; however, we will make every effort to accommodate qualified candidates.

Step 1: Contact MAT Program Director

Contact Dr. Regina Royer, MAT program director, who will put you in touch with your content area advisor.

Dr. Royer can be reached via:
TE 383G,
410-548-3949 (email preferred)

Step 2: Request Transcript Review

• Complete the free MAT Request for Transcript Review Form and indicate your content area. Salisbury University offers approved programs for certification in: biology, chemistry, physics, English, earth science, French, history, mathematics, music (instrumental and vocal), and Spanish. To be eligible for the MAT program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in one of these certification areas.
• Submit official transcripts. Coursework must have been taken within the past ten (10) years and passed with a grade of 3.0 or better to be considered. If you graduated from SU, you do not need to send your transcripts. By including your SU student identification number or the social security number on the MAT Transcript Review Form, we can access your transcripts.

After you complete step two, the content-area advisor at SU will review your transcripts and Dr. Royer, MAT program director, will send you a letter indicating any additional coursework that you might need to complete. If you have significant content area deficiencies, you may need to complete most of those courses before being admitted to the MAT cohort. The schedule for completing deficient content-area courses will be created with your content-area advisor.

Step 3: Application to Salisbury University
If you are still interested in applying to the MAT program after you receive the review of your transcripts, complete the following:

  • Complete an application for graduate study with the Salisbury University Admissions. The Application for Graduate Study is available online at apply for the Winter 2015 semester if you want the cohort option.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation, using the official MAT form, to the
    MAT Program Director.
  • Submit passing scores for the Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT test.

Step 4: Interview

Applicants who have met initial admissions requirement will be scheduled during mid-October/early November for an interview with the admissions committee.

Once these steps are completed, final admissions decisions will be made in mid-November.

All materials need to be into the
Department of Education Specialties by
October 1, 2014.

Please feel free to contact the appropriate content advisor with any questions you have concerning the MAT program. You are also welcome to contact the Department of Education Specialties: 410-543-6281.

Prospective candidates to the MAT Program should apply to either SU or UMES for Graduate Study based on the area of the undergraduate degree:

Apply to SU if your intended certification area is:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Earth Science
  • French
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music (vocal and instrumental)
  • Physics
  • Spanish

Apply to UMES if your intended certification area is:

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business education
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Social Studies
  • Technology education. 


  1. Register for the PRAXIS I Test
  2. Apply for Admission On-Line
  3. SU Graduate Catalog


  1. Apply for Admission On-Line
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