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2010-2011 Graduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching, M.A.T. - Initial Licensure (Secondary Education Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Robin O’Dell;; 423-439-6148

Aimee Govett, Ed.D., Program Co-Coordinator

417B Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70684
(423) 439-7678 or (423) 439-7588
e-mail: or

Tammy Barnes, Ed.D., Program Co-Coordinator

417B Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70684
(423) 439-4155 or (423) 439-7588
e-mail: or


Tammy Barnes; Lee Daniels; Marcia Dosser; Edward Dwyer; Aimee Govett; Rhona Hurwitz; E. Jane Melendez; Lori Meier, Ryan Nivens, Leslie Perry; Elizabeth Ralston; Jack Rhoton; Chih-Che Tai.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. The M.A.T. program is designed to meet teacher licensure requirements at the graduate level in the state of Tennessee. The three concentrations are:

  • Elementary M.A.T. program that covers K-6 licensure
  • Middle Grades program that covers 4-8 licensure
  • Secondary M.A.T. program that covers 7-12 licensure in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Government, History, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish, and Speech Communication. We also offer licensure at the 5-12 level in Technology Engineering Education licensure as well as licensure at the K-12 level in Physical Education, Art, Music (Vocal General or Instrumental), Theatre, and Health.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A.T. program is a two-step process: students must be admitted to the M.A.T. graduate program, and they must be admitted to the College of Education’s Teacher Education Program. The applicant should submit official transcripts and three letters of reference.

The final decision for admittance to the M.A.T. program is based on the evaluation of the completed application package and a personal interview.

To be admitted to the M.A.T. program, a student must:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  2. Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Pass a background check
  4. Pass Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam for appropriate concentration.
  5. Qualify for Admission to Teacher Education as established by the State of Tennessee:
    Have minimum scores on one of the following:
    1. 22 composite on the ACT (21 before 1989)
    2. 1020 on the SAT (920 before April 1, 1995)
    3. Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test
  6. Applicants will be contacted for an admission interview after the program coordinator reviews completed applications forwarded from the Graduate School.

Upon admission to the M.A.T. program, transcripts will be analyzed to determine which content courses completed as a part of the undergraduate program will apply toward licensure, and which courses may need to be taken during the M.A.T. program. Since this is an initial licensure program, no previous undergraduate education coursework shall be credited toward this degree. Any student wishing to transfer in applicable graduate credit must follow graduate school regulations. However, no credit will be granted for graduate coursework taken more than five years ago.

All applicants must take and pass all required licensure tests before student teaching.

Secondary Education Concentration

Curriculum and Methodology: 14 Credit Hours

Professional Semester: 12 Credit Hours

Total Credits: 42 Credit Hours

Additional Information

The initial Tennessee teacher’s license will be issued only to those applicants who have completed a teacher preparation program in a Tennessee higher education institution approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education for the preparation of teachers in the area of licensure sought.

If the initial license is not obtained following completion of the approved program, requirements in effect at the time of application must be satisfied. In all cases, current state licensure requirements must be met regardless of when the student enters the program.

A person who holds a Tennessee Teachers Professional License may add teaching area endorsements by completing teacher education programs after the original license has been issued. Such programs include the addition of a secondary endorsement to an elementary license or the addition of an elementary endorsement to a secondary license. A person who holds a Tennessee Teaching License and wishes to add an endorsement in another teaching area should contact the certification analyst, room 321, Warf-Pickel Hall.

All applicants for a teaching license in Tennessee must submit satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS II. Applicants should request that a copy of their test scores be sent to:

East Tennessee State University
Recipient Code #1198

Request current information about Tennessee test requirements at the Office of Education Student Services, Room 321, Warf-Pickel Hall.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ETSU STUDENTS SEEKING SCHOOL LICENSURE: Tennessee Teaching or other School Licensure/Endorsement requires an application made directly to the Certification Officer, Angela Murray, in the Clemmer College of Education. Application should not be made until all relevant coursework, degrees, and qualifying test scores are completed. A complete set of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended will be required for the application. Students must have their test results reported to East Tennessee State University, Recipient Code 1198, by the testing company. Every effort will be made to send students up to date application forms and instruction near the end of their final semester. However, if you do not receive this information by the end of your program, you will need to contact: Ms. Murray, phone: 423-439-7562, email:, office: room 323C Warf-Pickel Hall.

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