Teacher Education Admission Requirements

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Applicant Requirements
  1. Bachelor’s DegreeApplicants to all Teacher Education programs must have a bachelor’s degree with an earned 3.0 grade point average.
    Need to complete your bachelor’s degree? SNC has an Online Degree Completion Program which will allow you to finish your undergraduate requirements while working.

    Exceptions to the GPA requirement may be made based on unusual circumstances including time since degree completion, professional experience, advanced degrees, etc. MAT applicants with sub-3.0 GPAs are encouraged to verify their basic skills proficiency by passing the Praxis Core Academic or CBEST before applying.

  2. Teachable Major – MA in Teaching with Secondary Education endorsementApplicants for a Secondary Teaching License must have earned their bachelor’s degree or have the required number of credits in their chosen teachable major. Your admissions counselor can help you find the most direct route to completing the required credits if needed.
  3. Teaching Credential – MA in AdministrationApplicants to the MAA program must have a valid teaching license / credential from any state, and complete one year of classroom teaching before starting the program.

Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2015: Jan. 5
  • Summer 2015: May 1

Required Documents
  1. Online Application
  2. $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  3. Transcript(s)
    • Official transcript for your bachelor’s degree
    • Separate transcripts for any other undergraduate and graduate coursework

    An international credential evaluation is required for coursework completed outside the United Sates. Approved evaluations are available for a fee from World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org.

  4. Two Letters of RecommendationLetters of recommendation should come from college instructors and/or professional colleagues or supervisors who can speak to your academic competencies and suitability for teaching.MAT letters of recommendation must be confidential.
  5. Personal StatementA personal essay of 2-3 pages. The essay may be uploaded to the application or emailed to graduateadmissions@sierranevada.edu.MAT Statement Subject
    • Why do you want to become a (level/subject) teacher?
    • Describe of a powerful learning experience in your own life and how it might influence your own teaching in the future.

    MEd & MAA Statement Subject

    • Describe your current leadership style(s).
    • Discuss how your style impacts your ability to lead others.
    • Discuss how you anticipate this program will enhance your leadership in the classroom and community.

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