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Master of Arts in Teaching: Initial Licensure
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Your best preparation for the MAT Initial Licensure program:

To be admitted, you should already have:
  • Bachelor's degree in desired content area
  • Teacher preparation test scores
  • Desire to teach middle/high school students

Steps in applying to MAT Initial Licensure program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to MAT Initial Licensure program
  3. We will let you know via email about university acceptance within 30 days of your interview.

Ready to get started? Request more information or start the application process.

Deadlines and key dates:

Graduate students may apply to the program any term.
  • Apply directly to Graduate Programs within 30 days of the beginning of the term you plan to start.
  • Apply to the full-time on-campus MAT program by the following deadlines
    • Application packet due January 16, 2015 for March 2015 start.
    • Application packet due April 10, 2015 for June 2015 start.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate Admission:

If you don’t live in Oregon and are applying for an online program:

We welcome applications from residents of most states. However, Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, and Maryland at this time. Distance students in some other states may face additional restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission form: Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building Office 202. You must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the Master of Science in Education program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.
  • $60 application fee
  • Sealed official transcripts: From the college or university that granted your bachelor's degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required. If you have less than a 3.0 GPA, you can be admitted with sufficient MAT or GRE scores (see next point). Students who have already obtained a master's degree from an accredited institution will have their GPA requirement waived.
  • MAT or GRE score: If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you do not have to submit test scores. If your GPA is less than 3.0, your minimum required score for the (a) MAT: 395 or higher; (b) GRE: minimum quantitative score: 147 and minimum verbal score: 148 and a 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
  1.  Apply for MAT Initial Licensure program admission:

Process: You will be notified via email regarding acceptance status within 30 days of receiving a complete application. A complete program application includes the components outlined below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You will be notified via email if you are missing any application components.

Admission to the graduate program adheres to the guidelines laid down for general admission to the Graduate Programs at WOU, along with the following steps of application (all forms require Adobe Reader™ to save and create your digital signature):

Please submit all MAT program application materials to Karen Johnson, MAT Application Processor

Link to: Complete MAT application guide
Link to: Testing requirements

See the list below of pertinent sections of the MAT application guide to print and fill out, plus other necessary materials you need to submit. Please provide your materials in the following order (1 through 12) and clipped together:

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  1. MAT application cover page
  2. Transcript evaluation: to be done before the application deadline - contact Bill Hamlin ( or 503-838-8704) for more information
  3. MAT application form (Note: Teaching endorsements in French and Speech are not available at WOU)
  4. Current resume
  5. Character questionnaire
  6. Two letters of recommendation verifying your success working with youth. Please submit in a sealed envelope with the rest of your application materials.
  7. Academic Program Recommendation form - Please submit in a sealed envelope with the rest of your application materials.
  8. Answers to the MAT essay questions found on the application form
  9. Current unofficial transcripts showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please re-calculate across your last 90 quarter hours or last 60 semester hours, if that makes a difference.
  10. Photocopy of passing scores on NES Specialty Examination(s) (or Praxis II if taken prior to September 1, 2010)
  11. Photocopy of passing scores on ORELA Protecting Students and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment test
  12. Photocopy of your WOU Graduate Application

Note: On-campus interviews with qualified applicants are part of the application process in both the full-time and online programs.

  1. Hear back from us.
  2. Enroll in classes! (You will have to pay a one-time $300 matriculation fee at this point.)

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