MAT Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Central Arkansas.  Since its founding in 1907 as Arkansas State Normal School, UCA has been Arkansas’ premier institution for teacher education.

That mission remains strong today with both undergraduate and graduate level preparation programs for teacher licensure.  The MAT program serves candidates who have earned an undergraduate degree and now want both the intensity and rigor of a graduate-level program as well as the opportunity to earn an Arkansas teaching license.

The MAT program has rolling admission. The program takes new applications continuously. You may begin taking courses at the start of the next available, full term after you meet the MAT program entrance criteria and are accepted into the program. For full term start dates (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II), check UCA’s academic calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to speak to a member of the faculty about the program, it is always best to make an appointment. While we welcome drop-in visitors, we cannot always guarantee someone will be available to answer your questions on short notice. Faculty have many responsibilities that take them out of the office for meetings, school visits, etc.

Step 1: Apply to UCA’s Graduate School

  1. Complete the Graduate School application available here. A $25 application fee is required.
  2. Submit original, sealed transcripts to the UCA Graduate School from all previous schools attended. (Not necessary for UCA transcripts). The required minimum undergraduate GPA for admission is 2.7.
  3. By the end of your first semester, submit PASSING scores on Praxis (to the MAT office) or GRE (to the Graduate School). Passing minimum Praxis Core scores (Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150) or GRE scores are required for admission with full qualifications. Without passing scores, you will be conditionally admitted and will not qualify for financial aid. GRE scores MAY be used in place of Praxis if you meet minimum GRE scores (Verbal 142, Quantitative 142, Analytical Writing 3.5). If you elect to take the GRE and do not meet the minimum qualifying score on that exam, you must also take the Praxis exams until you are able to meet the ADE minimum scores. Conditional admission affects financial aid and advance registration eligibility.  In order to continue in the program, candidates must meet minimum requirements on all parts of one of these assessments by the end of the first term of study. Up-to-date information on the required Praxis exams can be found at The tests required for initial admission into the program are often referred to as the “Praxis I” tests and currently include the Core Academic Skills for Educators test for reading, writing, and mathematics.

Step 2: Apply to the MAT program at the SAME TIME

  1. Complete and submit on-line the MAT application available here.  Application must be submitted on-line, using this form. Paper copies are not accepted.  [PLEASE NOTE:  If using a PC with the Firefox browser, you will have to download the file to your computer and open with Adobe Reader directly.  IE10 and Chrome browsers on PC will display correctly.  If using a Mac, only use Safari to open the form.  —–  Be sure to save the form to your computer as a backup after filling it out.]
  2. You may only select ONE (1) licensure area on Page 2 of the application.
  3. For 7-12 licenses, you must complete the appropriate transcript review page. (See page 5 of the application.)
  4. Submit a 2nd set of original transcripts to the MAT office. (Not necessary for UCA transcripts)
  5. Submit 2 professional references to the MAT office – Letter of Recommendation for Admission.
  6. Note: If you currently hold a teaching license (provisional or standard) and/or have completed a student teaching internship at this or any other institution, you are ineligible for admission into the UCA MAT program. If you are switching to UCA’s program from another teaching licensure program, you will need to disclose that information and provide a letter of good standing to the UCA MAT office.
  7. Please contact Amy Thompson at if you have questions about the admission test requirements.

For additional requirements for admission, please reference the MAT Admission Requirements.  For detailed information on the program, see the Master of Arts in Teaching program description in the graduate bulletin.

You may also want to reference the MAT Program of Study as well as the option for the Provisional License.  A NEW Program of Study will begin for all MAT students beginning in Fall 2017.

Special Notice

The MAT program will be offering an MAT in K-6 licensure. The two elementary track courses will be offered beginning Fall 2017. In order to be admitted to the K-6, candidates must have a teaching job in a K-6 classroom.

Program Requirements

The program requirements can be found through this website’s “Resources” links. The MAT Program of Study is also cross-referenced in this document – MAT Program of Study. A NEW Program of Study will begin for all MAT students beginning in Fall 2017.

Partnership for Transition to Teaching

The MAT program is working closely with the Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant program. If you are a highly qualified mid-career professional or a recent graduate from an institution of higher education and want to become a licensed English, mathematics, or science teacher in our partnership school districts, funds up to $5000.00 are available for you to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas.   This funding opportunity is made possible through a $2.3 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education.

For more information, please contact by phone at 501-450-5443 or email at