Teaching, M.A.T.

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching

Candidates must request a transcript analysis through a certification officer either in Huntington or South Charleston. An unofficial copy of the transcript may be used for the analysis. The analysis will identify the courses that can be used to meet content licensure requirements and the list of additional courses needed. Candidates must have at least 50% of the required content courses.

  1. Candidates deciding to apply to the program after reviewing the transcript analysis should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission. Please note that all admissions documents must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before an applicant will be considered for admission.
  2. In addition to university admission requirements, applicants must have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.80 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed coursework, a GPA of 2.80 in the content area, and must meet the Praxis Core requirement (see below for exceptions). Applicants who have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above, but below 2.80, may be granted provisional admission. Provisionally admitted applications will be granted full admission upon successful completion of 12 hours toward the approved plan of study with a GPA of 3.25 or higher, assuming that all other admission requirements are met.
  3. Applicants must take and pass all three subtests (reading, writing and math) of the Praxis Core prior to being admitted to the MAT program. The required Praxis Core scores are Reading = 156, Writing = 162, and Math = 150.
  4. Individuals may be exempt from the WVBE‐required tests for pre‐professional skills (Reading, Writing, Mathematics), provided they meet one of the following criteria:
  • Holds a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with an overall cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; or

  • ACT:​

    • Has attained a composite score from a single administration of 25 on the American College Test (ACT) (prior to 1989); or

    • Has attained a composite score of 26 from a single administration on the American College Test (ACT) (after 1989); or

  • SAT
    • Has a 1035 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) (prior to 1995); or
    • Has a 1125 on the re‐centered SAT (effective April 1995); or
    • Has a 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005); or
    • has attained from a single administration a New SAT score of 480 using the combined Evidence‐ Based Reading and Writing and a score of 530 in Math (effective May 2016); or
  • ​​GRE

    • Has attained from a single administration a combined score of 800 verbal and quantitative (tested prior to November 2011) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); or

    • Has attained from a single administration at least a 286 (November 2011 or after) on the GRE; or

    • Holds or has held a West Virginia Professional Certificate;

For exemption from the Reading and Writing Pre‐Professional Skills Test only:

  • Has attained a minimum combined score of 34 on the ACT enhanced exam (effective November 1989) in both English and Reading with a minimum individual score of 17 for each individual subject (English and Reading). Eligible scores for English and Reading on the ACT enhanced exam may be combined from multiple administrations of the exam; or
  • Has attained from a single administration a New SAT score of 480 using the combined Evidence‐ Based Reading and Writing (effective May 2016)

For exemption from the Mathematics Pre‐Professional Skills Test only:

  • Has attained a minimum individual score of 21 on the ACT enhanced exam (effective November 1989) in mathematics during any administration of the test; or
  • Has attained from a single administration an SAT score of 530 In Math effective (May 2016).

Students may enroll in graduate courses only after they have been admitted to the university and the MAT program. All students must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0.

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the academic dean before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements.

In the last semester of the program, students will be enrolled in EDF 677 MAT Level III Clinical Exper, a 15- week, full-time student teaching experience under the direct supervision of a certified teacher(s). Prerequisites for student teaching include the following:

  • 3.0 GPA in all graduate MAT courses;
  • completion of at least 90% of content courses (100% recommended);
  • completion of EDF 537 MAT Level I Clinical Exper and EDF 637 MAT Level II Clinical Exper Level I and II Clinical Experiences; and
  • completion of all MAT coursework and the Praxis content test(s).

Before a candidate may apply for certification/licensure, he or she must take and pass the Praxis, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Grades 7-12. The PLT may be taken during or following the final semester in the MAT program.

Upon completion of the MAT program and all testing requirements, the student should apply for licensure. The teaching license is awarded by the West Virginia Department of Education; however, the candidate must be recommended for licensure by the institution.

Plan of Study

Master of Arts in Teaching

Foundations of Education and Technology
Research and Writing
EDF 621Educ Research & Writing3
or EDF 625 Qualitative Research Educ
Social and Cultural Foundations
EDF 665Sociology of Amer Schools3
or EDF 615 Hist of Education in US
Development or Psychology
EDF 616Adv Studies Human Develop3
or EDF 619 Educational Psychology
Instructional Technology
CIEC 534Appli Software Class Curr Area3
or CIEC 635 Using Internet in Classroom
Evaluation or Assessment
EDF 612Educational Evaluation3
Curriculum and Instruction
CISP 510Instructional Prac/Excep Child3
CISP 520Intro to Exceptional Child3
CI 515Int Meth & Mat: Sec Ed3
EDF 537MAT Level I Clinical Exper 10
EDF 637MAT Level II Clinical Exper0
CI 549Instr & Clrm Mgt Sec Ed3
CI 624Adv Instruction Strategy3
or CI 623 Instruct Models Assess Tech
CIRG 644Literacy in the Content Area3
EDF 677MAT Level III Clinical Exper 23
In addition to the preceding courses, students must also complete all courses in their teaching specialization.
Total Credit Hours36

Lab to accompany CI 515 Int Meth & Mat: Sec Ed


Requires minimum of 90% completion of content courses and passing score(s) on the Praxis content examination(s).