Colleges and Schools

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements to the master of arts in teaching (MAT) with licensure are intended to help you meet the Illinois state licensing 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. Names and contact information for three individuals who can provide professional letters of recommendation on your behalf
  3. 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 a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work will be considered for admission to master’s degree and teacher licensure programs in the School of Education. The teacher licensure requirement for GPA is 2.5 on a 3.0 scale and 2.75 in the major on a 3.0 scale and technically we do not typically list GPA requirements for endorsements and approval. Students not meeting the specific GPA requirements may still be considered with additional documents. Contact your admissions counselor.

International Students

The State of Illinois requires candidates for a teaching license 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 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.