Education Specialties
Holloway Hall

Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements

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

  • complete the online SU application (;
  • possess a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate content area, including adequate and current content area coursework in the intended certification area;
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the last half of their undergraduate program, or possess a prior graduate degree;
  • submit passing scores which meet Maryland standards on one of the following tests before beginning the program:
    • Praxis Core
      • Reading:  156
      • Writing:   162
      • Math:       150
    • SAT
      • Before 1995:  1000
      • After 1995 (Reading & Math only):  1100
    • GRE
      • Before 2011:  1000
      • After 2011:  297
    • ACT:  24
  • submit official transcripts from all institutions attended;
  • submit three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the following criteria:
    • ability to write at an appropriate skill level for graduate work
    • a level of motivation appropriate to carry the candidate through a rigorous graduate program; and,
  • undergo a structured interview by the joint MAT Admission Committee.

Prospective students should meet with their Department of Education Specialties advisor for their content area 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.

Admissions 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.  To be considered for the next MAT cohort, your application will follow a five-step process.

Step 1: Contact MAT Program Director
Contact Dr. Joel Jenne, Interim MAT Program Director, with any questions you may have regarding the MAT program.  Dr. Jenne can be reached via email:

Step 2:  Apply online to the MAT program
Salisbury University offers approved programs for certification in:

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

Step 3:  Submit all prior higher education transcripts
To be eligible for the MAT program, applicants must have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in one of the certification areas listed above. Coursework must have been taken within the past 10 years with a GPA of 3.0 or better to be considered. If you are a Salisbury University graduate, you do not need to submit official transcripts.

Once your transcripts are submitted, they will be reviewed by the content-area advisor.  Dr. Jenne will then send you the results indicating whether any additional coursework may be needed.  If you have significant content area deficiencies, you may need to complete most of those courses before being admitted to the MAT program. The schedule for completing deficient content-area courses will be created with your content-area advisor.

Step 4: Complete your online application
Submit three (3) letters of recommendation
     ~ Submit passing test scores for Praxis Core, SAT, GRE or ACT

Step 5: Interview
Applicants who have met initial admissions requirement will be scheduled during mid-October/early November for an interview with the MAT Admissions Committee.  Final admission decisions will be made in November.

All materials must be submitted no later than
October 1, 2015.

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.