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.

Persons who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core).

1. hold certification through the NBPTS;

2. hold or have held a West Virginia Professional Certificate;

3. hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education;

4. attained, from a single administration, a qualifying score on the American College Test (ACT®) or Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT®) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) as listed below:

a. ACT

i. a composite score of 25 (prior to November, 1989)
ii. a composite score of 26 on the ACT enhanced (effective November 1989),

b. SAT

i. a combined score of 1035 (prior to April 1995)
ii. a combined score of 1125 on the re-centered SAT (effective April 1995),
iii. a score of 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005)
iv. a score of 1240 on the New SAT using the combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score (effective May 2016-the Present)

c. GRE

i. a score of combined score of 800 verbal and quantitative (prior to November, 2011)
ii. at least a score of 286 (November, 2011 – the present)

5. hold a valid out-of-state certificate in the content area;
6. successfully completed three years of experience within the last seven years in one or a combination of specializations recognized on an out-of-state professional certificate valid during those three years

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

6.  A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College 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.

7.  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).

8. 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.

9. 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.

Admission to PBC and Licensure Requirements

  1. 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 90% of the required content courses.
  2. 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. Students should apply as Certificate/Professional Development students and select the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate on the admissions form. Please note that all admissions documents must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before an applicant will be considered for admission.
  3. 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 and a GPA of 2.80 in the content area, must meet the Praxis Core requirement. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Persons who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core).

    1. hold certification through the NBPTS;

    2. hold or have held a West Virginia Professional Certificate;

    3. hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education;

    4. attained, from a single administration, a qualifying score on the American College Test (ACT®) or Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT®) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) as listed below:

    a. ACT

    i. a composite score of 25 (prior to November, 1989)
    ii. a composite score of 26 on the ACT enhanced (effective November 1989),

    b. SAT

    i. a combined score of 1035 (prior to April 1995)
    ii. a combined score of 1125 on the re-centered SAT (effective April 1995),
    iii. a score of 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005)
    iv. a score of 1240 on the New SAT using the combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score (effective May 2016-the Present)

    c. GRE

    i. a score of combined score of 800 verbal and quantitative (prior to November, 2011)
    ii. at least a score of 286 (November, 2011 – the present)

    5. hold a valid out-of-state certificate in the content area;
    6. successfully completed three years of experience within the last seven years in one or a combination of specializations recognized on an out-of-state professional certificate valid during those three years

  6. A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College 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.
  7. Students may enroll in graduate courses only after they have been fully admitted to the PBC program. All students must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0.
  8. 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 PBC 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
    • completion of all PBC coursework and the Praxis content test(s).
  9. 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 PBC program.
  10. Upon completion of the PBC 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.

Program Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate Program

Eligibility for Student Teaching: Students must successfully complete the courses listed above, the appropriate Praxis content knowledge test(s), and have 90% of their content requirements completed prior to enrolling for supervised student teaching.

Eligibility for Licensure: Students must meet content requirements, professional education requirements, and testing requirements. Testing requirements include the appropriate Praxis content knowledge test(s), and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Students who apply for licensure from the West Virginia Department of Education are required to submit to the department a fingerprint card for federal and state background checks.

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

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate

Foundations of Education
EDF 616Adv Studies Human Develop3
or EDF 619 Educational Psychology
EDF 612Educational Evaluation3
or EDF 636 Advanced Classroom Assessment
Curriculum and Instruction
CISP 510Instructional Prac/Excep Child3
CISP 520Intro to Exceptional Child3
CIRG 644Literacy in the Content Area3
EDF 537MAT Level I Clinical Exper 10
CI 515Int Meth & Mat: Sec Ed3
EDF 637MAT Level II Clinical Exper0
Technology
Select one of the following:3
Appli Software Class Curr Area
Instructional Design & Tech
Using Internet in Classroom
Supervised Student Teaching
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 Hours24