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MAT Teacher Eligibility Form (PDF) – All Master of Arts in Teaching applicants – Submit with Graduate Studies Application.
MAT Statement of Moral Character Form (PDF) – MAT Accepted Students
General Application Procedures
Please follow the steps listed to complete this application:
- Save a copy of the .pdf application to your desktop.
- The application is required of all degree-seeking students, regardless of whether you are interested in part-time or full-time studies.
- A non-refundable application fee of $40 is required of all applicants, except for those pursuing the M.A.T. degree and those parties listed in #3. Application to the M.A.T. program requires a total of $60 for the application fee and transcript analysis. A check or money order, payable to Shepherd University, should be sent with this application form to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Application fees are waived for current Shepherd students, alumni, and employees.
- Please read the statement which relates to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA).
Candidates for the M.A.T. degree program must meet the following requirements.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
- An overall 2.75 GPA in all higher education coursework
- A 2.5 GPA in the content courses for the area in which certification is sought
- Completion of ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 202 with grades of C or above in each course.
- A passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (CASE)
- The CASE tests may be waived provided the candidate: a) holds a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; or b) currently holds, or has held, a West Virginia Professional Teaching, Student Support Services or Administrative Certificate; or c) attained, from a single administration, a composite score of 25 on the American College Test (ACT), 26 on the ACT enhanced (effective November 1989), 1035 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT),1125 on the re-centered SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics – effective April 1995), or 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005).
- Completion of at least 50 percent of all undergraduate content area work required for certification (with grades of C or better)
- Completion of at least 25 percent of all undergraduate content area work required for certification (with grades of C or better) and a passing score on the Praxis II Content Specialization Test for the certification content area.
*Students with a GPA lower than 2.75, but not lower than 2.5, may be admitted conditionally.
For test dates, fees, test center locations, online registration for the GRE, and information on test preparation, visit the GRE Web site. All PRAXIS test scores should be sent separately by the testing agency to the Department of Education.
After the application and all transcripts have been received, they will be analyzed for required content courses, and all other admission criteria. Students will receive written notification of what criteria have been met and what, if any, criteria still need to be addressed prior to admittance.
To find out more information about the PRAXIS, TOEFL and other assessment of learning tests, please go to the ETS website: https://www.ets.org
Information on the Miller Analogies Test may be found on Pearson’s website.