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MAT One-Year Option (MAT5) Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: February 15 for summer admission. The MAT one-year option program only admits students one time per year, in the summer.

Applicants to this program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must have completed that degree within one year of beginning the one-year MAT program. Additional admission requirements include:

  1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals. These official undergraduate transcript(s) will allow the department to confirm all content requirements have been completed.
  3. Undergraduate major in art, biology, chemistry, English, French, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, or Spanish;
  4. Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA;
  5. Passed the appropriate content section of the PRAXIS*;
  6. Satisfactory completion of a writing sample. This writing sample will be provided within the online Graduate School application.  If you have any questions in regards to the writing sample, please contact: Dr. Lisa Harris at 803-323-2588 and/or harrisl@winthrop.edu;
  7. Meet all additional requirements based on the content area (see below)

Applicants who do not meet these eligibility guidelines are welcomed and encouraged to apply to our traditional Master of Arts in Teaching program.

*PLEASE REVIEW: Important information about the PRAXIS 

 

Additional Admission Requirements for MAT5 with Specialization in 9-12 Biology

  1. General admission requirements: Transcript evaluation of content requirements; One year time limitation – must begin program within one year of graduation; and 2.75 GPA, no Praxis I unless already attempted and not passed.
  2. Pass the required PRAXIS II Content examination. 
  3. Hold a degree in Biology that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. 24 hours in Biology to include exposure to all of the following areas: Basic Principles of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology, Ecology/Environmental Biology, and Evolution
    b. Scientific Processes or statistics course with emphasis on scientific research
    c. 6 to 8 hours in Chemistry
    d. 6 to 8 hours in Physics
    e. 3 to 4 hours in Geology
    f. 6 to 8 hours in mathematics
    g. At least 50% of the courses include associated laboratory experiences

Additional Admission Requirements for MAT5 with Specialization in 9-12 Chemistry

  1. General admission requirements: Transcript evaluation of content requirements; One year time limitation – must begin program within one year of graduate; and 2.75 GPA, no Praxis I unless already attempted and not passed 
  2. Pass the required PRAXIS II Content examination
  3. Hold a degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or an equivalent program that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. 30 hours in chemistry to include exposure to all of the following: analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry;
    b. A lecture and lab experience in four of the five main areas of chemistry listed in (a);
    c. Three to four hours in biology (must include topics in molecular biology, bioenergetics, and ecology);
    d. Three to four hours in physics (must include topics in at least six of the following areas: energy, stellar evolution, properties and functions of waves, properties and functions of motions, properties and functions of forces, electricity, and magnetism);
    e. Three to four hours in geology/earth science (must include topics in geochemistry, cycles of matter, and energetic of earth systems); and
    f. Six to eight hours in mathematics (must include coursework in calculus and statistics*).
    *the statistics requirement can be met through a scientific/research experience housed within the program.

Additional Admission Requirements for MAT5 with Specialization in 9-12 English

  1. General admission requirements: Transcript evaluation of content requirements; One year time limitation – must begin program within one year of graduation; and 2.75 GPA, no Praxis I unless already attempted and not passed. 
  2. Pass the required PRAXIS II content examination. 
  3. Hold a degree in English that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. 6 hours in Composition and Rhetoric
    b. 3 hours Composition and Rhetoric above 299-level with emphasis in theory and pedagogy
    c. Development of Modern English and Modern English Grammar (may be covered in one or more courses)
    d. 3 hours in each of the following areas of literature: British, American, World, and Adolescent
    e. 3 hours of additional coursework in literature
    f. Literary Criticism

Additional Admission Requirements for MAT5 with Specialization in 9-12 Mathematics

  1. General admission requirements: Transcript evaluation of content requirements; One year time limitation – must begin program within one year of graduation; and 2.75 GPA, no Praxis I unless already attempted and not passed. 
  2. Pass the required PRAXIS II content examination. 
  3. Hold a degree in mathematics that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. Modern or abstract algebra
    b. Advanced Algebra Course (matrix or linear)
    c. 9 to 12 hour Calculus Sequence (not applied calculus)
    d. Advanced Geometry Course
    e. Applied Statistics Course
    f. 6 hours of additional mathematics numbered above the 299-level  

Additional Admission Requirements for MAT5 with Specialization in K-12 Modern Languages (French or Spanish)

  1. General admission requirements: Transcript evaluation of content requirements; One year time limitation – must begin program within one year of graduation; and 2.75 GPA, no Praxis I unless already attempted and not passed. 
  2. Pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content examination. 
  3. Hold a degree in the appropriate language# that includes 24 credits in the appropriate language all above the six-hour introductory level. 
  4. Submit evidence of having scored at the level of advanced low or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

#Applicants who speak French or Spanish as their first language must present an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the subject area they wish to teach. If the area of specialization is not in the proposed area of certification, applicants are advised to apply to the traditional MAT program offered at Winthrop.  

Additional Admission Requirements for MAT5 with Specialization in 9-12 Social Studies

  1. General admission requirements: Transcript evaluation of content requirements; One year time limitation – must begin program within one year of graduation; and 2.75 GPA, no Praxis I unless already attempted and not passed. 
  2. Pass the required PRAXIS II content examination. 
  3. Hold a degree in one of the following: History, Political Science/Government, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics that includes courses in the following:
    a. At least 18 hours above the 299-level in the social science fields
    b. Coursework in the following areas: US History, European History, World History (non-US and Non-European), Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political science/government (to include US government), Geography, and Anthropology#

# Exposure to coursework in all areas (some above the 299-level) will be necessary to pass the state licensure tests and to meet the content expectations of the National Council for Social Studies teacher preparation standards. Candidates without comprehensive experiences will be referred to the traditional MAT program for addition coursework. 

 

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