Students may be admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program for the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. To be eligible for the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. Minimum graduate semester hours required for certification and degree: 49.
Required Application Materials Include:
Online or Paper Application for Admission to Mercer University
$25 Application Fee
Official College transcript(s)
Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) for Program Admission test scores
GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment completion certificate
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Official Scores
Application to Teacher Candidacy (separate from the application for admission to the university and the M.A.T. program.)
Application – Complete paper or online Application for Admission
Application Fee - Please include the $25 application fee ($50 for international applicants) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Bank or credit cards are accepted, please do not send cash. The application fee is waived for Mercer students or alumni.
The application fee is nonrefundable, cannot be applied toward tuition.
College transcript(s) - Applicants must submit two official sealed transcripts from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
GACE for Program Admission test scores – Candidates must pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment or meet the exemption criteria specified at www.gapsc.com prior to beginning the program.
GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment completion certificate – Candidates must show documentation of taking the GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment prior to beginning the program.
GRE or MAT test scores – Official sealed test score reports on one of the following tests: GRE [target scores: 146 Verbal + 141 Quantitative, 3.5 Analytical Writing] (Target score for tests taken prior to August 2011 is 800 for Verbal and Quantitative sections combined) or Miller Analogies Test [target score: 397]
Application to Teacher Candidacy – A separate application to Teacher Candidacy is required. M.A.T. teacher candidates should ensure a full understanding of field experience requirements versus current employment obligations, if applicable, and plan accordingly. Successful program progression will require full-time student teaching at the end of the program.
Test scores are not the sole criteria; applicants with scores lower than the target may apply but will need to provide compelling evidence of potential to complete graduate level coursework. International applicants should consult the university catalog for additional requirements.
Application materials may be mailed to:
Tift College of Education Graduate Teacher Education Admissions
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341-4155
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
A.Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed evaluation report with your application.
B.Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
C.Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
D.Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.
E.Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)