MAT Admission Requirements
All domestic graduate applicants must submit the items below by the appropriate application deadline.
1. Graduate Application and Application Fee
$50 non-refundable application fee (payable to Sierra Nevada College).
2. Official Transcript(s)
An official transcript showing a posted bachelor’s degree with an earned 2.75 grade point average. (Exceptions to the grade point average requirement may be made based on extraordinary qualification including time elapsed since completion of degree, experience in the field, etc.)
Transcripts of any other undergraduate and graduate coursework must be submitted separately.
An international credential evaluation will be required for coursework previously completed outside the United Sates. SNC-approved international credential evaluations are available for a fee from World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org.
3. Two Letters of Recommendation
Two confidential letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should come from a college-level instructor who can speak to your academic competencies. If you cannot acquire an academic letter, the letters should be from someone who can provide anecdotal evidence of how you interact with youth and your suitability to the teaching profession, or from someone (e.g., an employer) who can provide some anecdotal evidence about the following skills: written and oral communication, analytical reasoning, and/or the ability to read complex material. Letters may not be from a neighbor, friend, or relative.
4. Personal Statement
Personal Essay (2-3 pages) –Please address each of the following:
- Why do you want to become a (level/subject) teacher?
- Description of a powerful learning experience in your life and how it might influence your own teaching in the future.
If you are applying and have a GPA below a 2.75, then we strongly recommend demonstration of basic skills – verified evidence of basic proficiency in writing/verbal and mathematical skills by successful passing of PPST/ Praxis 1 or CBEST. Evidence may include completing state appropriate courses with a grade of B or better. A Master’s degree meets this requirement.