Interested in being a Secondary English Teacher?

If you have an undergraduate degree in English, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in English and you will not need to follow the steps below. However, please follow all previously described application submission steps.

If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than English, you may also qualify to enter the MAT. You will need 30 credit hours of coursework in English which may qualify you to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary English.

You can do a preliminary transcript review yourself through the following:

Identify your coursework in English. Coursework includes the following topics:

  1. Reading
  2. Language Use and Vocabulary
  3. Writing, Speaking, and Listening

You may visit the ETS website link at http://www.ets.org/s/praxis/pdf/
5039.pdf
to review a description of each topic. This will help you to determine the number of credits and courses you have that could apply to content specialization in Secondary English.

You can also do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:

  1. Use the chart below, based on National Standards, to determine what courses you have in each of the standard areas. 
  2. Highlight the qualifying courses on your transcript and place the name of the course and the number of credits in the columns.
  3. Then add up the total number of credits in the right column and read the note at the bottom of the page.*

Competencies  Demonstrated (Based upon the National Standards for Secondary English

Your  Course Names

Number of credits

Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the use of the English language (History of English Language, grammar, linguistic courses)



Demonstrate knowledge of the practices of oral, visual, and written language (speech, media, art, art history, marketing, advertising, journalism, communication, theatre, writing, humanities)



Demonstrate knowledge of reading processes (Note: MAT includes two reading courses that align with standards—thus not needed on transcript)



Demonstrate knowledge of different composing processes (writing, composition, creative writing, expository writing, journalism)



Demonstrate knowledge of and uses for an extensive range of literature (British, American, adolescent, world, journalism, theatre, history, classics, mythology, criticism, and literary theory)



Demonstrate  knowledge of research theory and findings in English Language Arts (literary  theory, literary criticism)




Total Credits


You may also visit the website at http://www.ncate.org/ProgramStandards/
NCTE/NCTEstandards.doc
. to review the National Standards for Secondary English Teacher.

If you have a total of 30 credits in the right column, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary English. If you have less than 30 credits, you may or may not qualify for this specialization, and/or other preliminary ‘qualifying’ courses may be needed. Transcripts missing 3 credits will need a special review by a Transcript Specialist. 

If you think you may qualify for the Secondary English specialization, please continue with the application process. If you have a different content specialist interest area, please go back to the FAQ page and click on one of the other content area links.

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