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. Within 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.
Results of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Combined Test: Reading, Writing and Math) and the Praxis Content Knowledge Exam within your chosen certification area are required for 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.