Admission Requirements & Deadlines

An Application Checklist summarizing admission requirements can be downloaded by clicking on “Admissions Checklist” and selecting “View”. Detailed instructions and information for each component of the applicant can be found by selecting a requirement from the list below. 

M.A.T. Admission and degree requirements

Admissions Checklist
View a printable version of the admission checklist.
Application Deadlines

An acceptance decision cannot be made until all application materials have been received by the Graduate Admissions office. Application materials may be submitted year round. For priority consideration, the Graduate Admissions office should receive materials by:

One-Year Option:

March 1st (summer semester only)

Extended Year Option:

For the fall semester: May 15th

For the spring semester: October 15th

For the summer semester: March 15th

If you are applying for the One-Year option, it is strongly encouraged to have a transcript analysis completed at least two semesters before the program begins. A maximum of two uncompleted prerequisites may be pending when M.A.T. summer courses start. Space limitations apply. 

Upon receipt of all your application materials, the Graduate Admissions office and M.A.T. office will respond within two to three weeks with a formal letter and admission decision.

Transcript Analysis

Have you submitted your transcripts to the M.A.T. office for an analysis? A transcript analysis determines the content area prerequisites you may be required to take in addition to your M.A.T. course work.

Please send a brief cover letter stating your intended area of concentration along with your name, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Also include an official or unofficial copy of your transcripts from all two- and four-year colleges/universities you have attended. If you submit official transcripts to the M.A.T. office, they will be shared with the Graduate Admissions office.

Transcript analysis requests can be emailed to or mailed to:

M.A.T. Program Coordinator
College of Education
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

In order to join the One-Year option for General Education or the Accelerated Option for Special Education, you must have all but two content area prerequisites completed. It is highly recommended that you request a transcript analysis at least two semesters prior to the start of either program. This will give you time to complete any prerequisite content course(s) and be eligible for admission to the programs.

Early Childhood and Elementary certifications for both General Education and Special Education require a well-rounded content background, including specific courses in English, math, science and the social sciences. These requirements are aligned with professional association accreditation standards. In addition, Special Education teacher candidates enrolled in the Early Childhood and Elementary/Middle tracks must take two graduate-level reading courses as prerequisites to the program: ECED 618 or ELED 611; and EDUC 717.

Certification in Secondary General Education requires a minimum of 36 specific units in a content major (biology, chemistry, earth-space science, English, math, physics, social science or one of the world languages including Chinese, French or Spanish). Certification in Secondary Special Education requires a minimum of 21 specific units in a content major (biology, English, math or social science). Content major requirements are aligned with professional association accreditation standards.

Information Regarding One-Year Option & Accelerated Options

In order to join the One-Year option for General Education or the Accelerated Option for Special Education, you must have all but two content area prerequisites completed. It is highly recommended that you request a transcript analysis at least two semesters prior to the start of either program. This will give you time to complete any prerequisite content course(s) and be eligible for admission to the programs.

Content Requirements

Early Childhood and Elementary certifications for both General Education and Special Education require a well-rounded content background, including specific courses in English, math, science and the social sciences. These requirements are aligned with professional association accreditation standards. In addition, Special Education teacher candidates enrolled in the Early Childhood and Elementary/Middle tracks must take two graduate-level reading courses as prerequisites to the program: ECED 618 or ELED 611; and EDUC 717.

Certification in Secondary General Education or World Languages requires a minimum of 36 specific units in a content major (biology, chemistry, earth-space science, English, math, physics, social science or one of the world languages including Chinese, French or Spanish). Certification in Secondary Special Education requires a minimum of 21 specific units in a content major (biology, English, math or social science). Content major requirements are aligned with professional association accreditation standards.

Content Checklists for General Education
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Secondary Education: Biology
Secondary Education: Chemistry
Secondary Education: Earth-Space Science
Secondary Education: English
Secondary Education: Mathematics
Secondary Education: Social Studies
Secondary Education: Physics
Applicants must have courses indicating breadth and depth of knowledge in the content area. Approximately 30 units of Physics content and 17-20 units of related Math and Science content are required. Please contact the MAT Office for more information.

Content Checklists for Foreign Languages
Chinese, French and Spanish
Applicants must have courses indicating breadth and depth of knowledge in the content area. Approximately 30 units of World Language courses are required. Please contact the MAT Office for more information.

Content Checklists Special Education
Infant/Primary
Elementary/Middle
Secondary Biology
Secondary English
Secondary Mathematics
Secondary Social Studies

 Application
 

Complete the Graduate application.

On the application, please note your Major Program as Teaching M.A.T. and your Concentration/Track as your chosen concentration area.

 Transcripts
 

Request your official (unopened) transcripts be sent to the Graduate Admissions off from all colleges/universities you have previously attended.

Send materials to: Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252. Encrypted electronic transcripts may be sent directly via email to .

A 3.00 GPA is required for full admission. A GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may qualify the applicant for conditional admission. GPA calculations for admission are based upon the cumulative units of the degree or the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study. A 3.00 GPA is required for admission to Secondary General Education, Social Studies.

Test Scores

Provide official electronic documentation of passing test score(s) on one of the following standardized tests. The code for Towson University is 5404.

  • Praxis Core
  • Praxis I
  • American College Testing (ACT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

View information regarding required scores for the Praxis Core and alternative exams. 

Admission Essay

Write a brief (1-2 page) admission essay that discusses your reasons for entering the teaching profession. Upload with application.

Letters of Recommendation

Provide two official narrative letters of recommendation (online recommendations required). Only professional letters are accepted from professors, employers or supervisors from volunteer work. Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on the application.

Resume

Submit a resume or curriculum vita. Upload with application.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.