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Master of Arts in Teaching Admission Requirements

Please submit a graduate application BEFORE you submit any additional admissions requirements.

Already licensed teachers are not eligible for the MAT program. If you wish to add additional certifications to your license, you should consider our Proficiency Option

The following items are necessary for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program:

  • Completed Graduate Application and payment of the $30 associated fee
  • A completed Bachelor's degree is required to apply to the MAT program.  Official transcripts must be received from all previously attended colleges/universities. Transcripts sent in from students cannot be accepted even if they are in a sealed envelope. Official transcripts can be accepted two ways:

Mailed to:
Graduate & Online Admissions
649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769

(ie: National Clearinghouse, eScript, Parchment)

Official transcripts must show a cumulative degree GPA of a 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale) OR a GPA of a 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) in the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed (including undergraduate and graduate coursework). If your GPA does not meet this requirement, the Graduate Admissions Committee will need to review your transcripts to determine your best option.

If you are applying to a MAT program other than Elementary or Special Education, your transcripts will need to be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee to ensure that you meet the required background hours for your program.

Background Hour Requirements

The MAT – Elementary (P-5) program and the MAT – Special Education: Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD) P-12 program do not require background hours.

Middle School candidates have the option of pursuing certification in one or two emphasis areas:

  • For candidates pursuing 2 emphasis areas, Middle School certification requires a minimum of 24-27 background hours (English-24, math- 25, science- 26, social studies-27). Transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility.
  • For candidates pursuing one emphasis area, Middle School certification requires a minimum of 30 background hours or a major in your desired emphasis area. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility.

Secondary, All Grades, and Business & Marketing certifications require a minimum of 30 background hours or a major in your desired emphasis area. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine eligibility.

  • Submit three Letters of Recommendation - One letter must be from a recent or current employer or professor. Letters must be received directly from the person making the recommendation. Please ensure they use the same name and correct spelling of your name listed on your application (no nicknames). No recommendations from relatives please. We cannot accept letters emailed from the student.
  • The entrance exam is required for the MAT program.  Applicants have the option of taking the GRE or the Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators). The entrance exam CANNOT be waived. All MAT applicants must take and pass this exam.
    • Please register for the next available test date. Written verification of test registration can be provided for conditional admittance. You can email your test confirmation email to your Admissions Counselor. Please visit the GRE Website or the Praxis Website to register for an exam. Scores can only be accepted from exams completed within the past 5 years. We cannot accept the Praxis II or the PLT.
    • If you are taking the CASE Exam or have previously taken the CASE outside of Kentucky, you must officially request for your scores to be forwarded to both the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (KY EPSB; Code = 7283) and University of the Cumberlands (Code = 1145) before you can be admitted to teacher education or Option 6.
    • Required Passing Scores:
        • GRE completed after 08-01-2011:
          • Verbal – 150
          • Quantitative – 143
          • Analytical Writing – 4.0
        • Praxis CASE:
          • Reading – 156
          • Math – 150
          • Writing – 162
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
    • IELTS: 6

Criminal Background Check

This background check ensures that candidates have the appropriate clearance for working with P-12 students, faculty, and staff during various field/clinical experiences. Please complete the National Background check at The cost of the National Background check is $18.95 and the results are instantaneous. Background checks must be submitted in PDF form.

For additional admissions information, please contact:

University of the Cumberlands
Graduate & Online Admissions

649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Phone 606.539.4390
Toll Free 800.343.1609