Required Materials

  • Application Form
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose or Teaching Philosophy
  • Licensure Area (Learning & Teaching)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE or PRAXIS Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores
  • Academic Writing Sample

Additional Details

Applicants to Advocacy and Policy must submit a 500-word Academic Statement of Purpose addressing in detail their intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. Applicants to Learning and Teaching must submit a 500-word Teaching Philosophy Statement.
Students applying to Learning & Teaching must choose to pursue certification in either ESL/ELL or Secondary Science and should have a demonstrated background in their certification area of choice, whether through formal education or field experience. For many students, this requirement is met through a major, minor, or substantive coursework in relevant subjects. For Secondary Science, typical areas of study include chemistry, biology, physics, neuroscience, and engineering. For ESL/ELL, typical areas of study include linguistics, foreign languages, developmental psychology, and PK-12 education, but this list is by no means exhaustive. MAET looks for coursework providing an introductory understanding of language structure, forms, and functions, which can be gained through the study of multiple disciplines; proficiency in a language in addition to English is a plus.
GRE scores are required for all applicants to Advocacy & Policy, but there is no minimum score for admission to the program. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date; as such, applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores.
Results of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (Combined Test: Reading, Writing and Math) and the PRAXIS Content Knowledge Exam within the certification area the student is seeking are required for the Learning & Teaching. Students must earn at least the minimum score required for licensure by the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in DC.

As of December 2017, applicants can submit qualifying GRE scores in place of PRAXIS results. For exams taken in 2012 and after, a combined verbal and quantitative score of 288 and a writing score of 3.5 meet the minimum qualification for DC licensure.

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores. For TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBT test) is required. For IELTS, a minimum score of 7.0 is required.