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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to the master of arts in teaching (MAT) with certification/licensure are intended to help you meet the Illinois state certification/licensure requirements upon completion of your program. This cohort program starts with a new group of students each fall; you should begin your application process well in advance of the fall term in which you wish to begin classes.

Along with our convenient online, no-fee application, you will need:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, generally with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (see below)
  2. A passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or appropriate ACT scores (see below)
  3. Names and contact information for three individuals who can provide professional letters of recommendation on your behalf
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, sent directly to North Park University:

North Park University Admissions
3225 W Foster Ave., Box 19
Chicago, IL 60625

GPA Requirement

Generally, only students with 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA in undergraduate work will be considered for admission to this program. However, candidates with lower GPAs may be considered if they submit strong GRE or MAT exam scores. In addition to cumulative GPA, master's candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 in their major classes for Illinois teacher certification/licensure.

Test of Academic Proficiency

The Illinois State Board of Education may accept ACT Plus Writing (composite score of 22) and SAT (composite score of 1030 on critical reading and mathematics) score reports that are up to 10 years old when obtaining a provisional educator’s license/certificate or for admission to an accredited teacher preparation program, like North Park’s degree offerings. The official score report cannot be more than 10 years old (month/year) at the time of the application (ISBE form 73-60 or 73-54) and submission to ISBE and must include a score on a writing component. Learn more from ISBE.

Contact North Park graduate admissions for more information on this policy and how it impacts your application to the School of Education.

International Students

The State of Illinois requires teacher certification/licensure candidates to be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. However, international students are still invited to complete a graduate degree in education at North Park, without certification/licensure. Learn more about requirements for international students.

Application Process

Review our complete graduate education application process for more details on the process and timeline of your application.