Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Post Baccalaureate Certification Program (PBC)

Overview

The MAT and PBC programs offer a 100% online route to teacher certification for individuals that have an undergraduate degree in an area other than education. Content coursework such as math, science, history, English, foreign language, fine arts, or a professional field provide the content foundation, and the program provides the required professional education courses and clinical experiences at the graduate level. Because applicants for certification must have completed all classes required by the state of West Virginia for the content area, applicants must have a transcript analysis to determine which content requirements have already been met. Even though applicants have a degree in a specific field, they may not have taken the courses prescribed for teachers in their field of study, and therefore additional content classes may be required prior to application and enrollment. The transcript analysis will provide a list of courses needed to complete the content area. Upon successful completion of the program coursework, all content courses, and testing requirements, the candidate receives a recommendation to the West Virginia Department of Education for a teaching certificate.

Plans of Study

Certification Options

The table below lists the available teaching certifications that can be obtained through the program. Links provide the content requirements for licensure by the West Virginia Department of Education.

Note: Certification in Elementary Education or Special Education is not offered through the MAT or PBC programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

All coursework required in both programs can be taken completely online. On site attendance in public school classrooms in your local area is required during the three clinical experiences.
Both the MAT and PBC programs are designed for individuals that have an undergraduate degree in a content area such as math, science, history, English, foreign language, fine arts, or a professional field and now would like to obtain initial certification to teach in West Virginia. Even though applicants have a degree in a specific field, they may not have taken the courses prescribed for teachers in their field of study. The transcript analysis will provide a list of courses needed to complete the content area, which will help you better determine if this program is a good choice for you.
Yes, upon successful completion of the program coursework, all content courses, and testing requirements, the candidate receives a recommendation to the West Virginia Department of Education for a teaching certificate.
There are only slight differences between the two programs.

  • Admission to the MAT requires only 50% of the content courses be complete prior to admission; the PBC requires 90% be complete.
  • The MAT program requires 36 hours (12 courses); the PBC requires 24 hours (8 courses).
  • The MAT program leads to certification and a Master’s degree; the PBC program is not a degree program and leads to certification only.
For most people, the answer to this question is YES. The majority of coursework for both programs is offered online where students can complete assignments at their convenience within the deadlines set in the individual course. Courses that meet face-to-face are scheduled at times to accommodate students who may work during the day. For example, the course may meet on a Friday night/all day Saturday once a month schedule. Others may meet once a week in the evenings. Time away from your classroom or job may need to be arranged in order to complete the required clinical experiences, but for teachers this most often can be done during planning periods. Principals are usually willing to work with their teachers who are in the program if additional time away from the classroom is needed.

Admissions Requirements

PBC Program (certificate only candidates)

  • A completed “Application for Admission” with the appropriate application fee,
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended,
  • An overall GPA of 2.80,
  • Praxis exam required for admission into the MAT/PBC program
To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 156
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 162
Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5733 150

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core exams (5713, 5723, 5733) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5752) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).

  • Completion of a minimum of 90% of content requirements (verified by a transcript analysis), and
  • A content specialization GPA of 2.80 with a grade of “C” or better for each course (verified by transcript analysis).

MAT Program (degree candidates)

  • A completed “Application for Admission” with the appropriate application fee,
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended,
  • An overall GPA of 2.80,
  • Praxis exam required for admission into the MAT/PBC program
    To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
    All Areas Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 156
    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 162
    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5733 150
  • Completion of a minimum of 50% of content requirements (verified by a transcript analysis), and
  • A content specialization GPA of 2.80 with a grade of “C” or better for each course (verified by transcript analysis).

Persons who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core).

  1. Holds a conferred Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited Institution of Higher Education with an overall cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0. or
  2. Holds a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; or
  3. attained, from a single administration, a qualifying score on the American College Test (ACT®) or Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT®) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) as listed below:
    1. ACT
      1. Has attained a composite score from a single administration of 25 on the American College Test (ACT) (prior to 1989); or
      2. Has attained a composite score of 26 from a single administration on the American College Test (ACT) (after 1989); or
    2. SAT
      1. Has a 1035 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) (prior to 1995); or
      2. Has a 1125 on the re-centered SAT (effective April 1995); or
      3. Has a 1170 on the revised SAT using the combined Critical Reading and Math score (effective March 2005); or
      4. Has attained from a single administration a New SAT score of 480 using the combined Evidence- Based Reading and Writing and a score of 530 in Math (effective May 2016); or
    3. GRE
      1. Has attained from a single administration a combined score of 800 verbal and quantitative (tested prior to November 2011) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); or
      2. Has attained from a single administration at least a 286 (November 2011 or after) on the GRE; or
    4. Holds or has held a West Virginia Professional Certificate;

For exemption from the Reading and Writing Pre-Professional Skills Test only:

  • Has attained a minimum combined score of 34 on the ACT enhanced exam (effective November 1989) in both English and Reading with a minimum individual score of 17 for each individual subject (English and Reading). Eligible scores for English and Reading on the ACT enhanced exam may be combined from multiple administrations of the exam; or
  • Has attained from a single administration a New SAT score of 480 using the combined Evidence- Based Reading and Writing (effective May 2016).

For exemption from the Mathematics Pre-Professional Skills Test only:

  • Has attained a minimum individual score of 21 on the ACT enhanced exam (effective November 1989) in mathematics during any administration of the test; or
  • Has attained from a single administration an SAT score of 530 In Math effective (May 2016).

Content exam required in order to be eligible for student teaching

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 158
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 152
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 157
English (5–Adult) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
General Science (5–Adult) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 153
Mathematics (5–Adult) Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161 160
Music Music: Content Knowledge 5113 155
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 126
Social Studies (5–Adult) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 148
Wellness (PreK–12) Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge

OR

5857 160
Health Education

AND

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5551

5091

156

150

Note: Must have a passing score on the content knowledge exam PRIOR to student teaching (June 1 deadline for Fall student teaching; October 1 deadline for Spring student teaching)

In order to be eligible for certification, MAT/PBC students must also receive a passing score on:

You Need to Take* Test Code Qualifying Score
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624 157

Note: PLT is not required before student teaching, but must have passing score before applying for certification

Application for Admission and Information

Steps for Applying

  1. Request a transcript analysis through Thomas Cooper, Certification Specialist. The analysis will identify the courses that can be used to meet content specialization requirements and any additional courses you will need to take.

For a transcript analysis, please send copies of your transcripts (may be unofficial) to:

Thomas Cooper
Marshall University
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600
304-746-1909 ext. 61909
FAX: 304-746-8974
thomas.cooper@marshall.edu

  1. If you decide to apply to the program after reviewing the transcript analysis, follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website at How to Apply for Admission.
    1. PBC students apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate on the application form.
    2. MAT students apply for admission to Marshall University as a degree-seeking student and select the Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T. on the application form.

For complete admission information and an application visit Marshall University Graduate College

Clinical Requirements

Both the MAT and PBC programs require three clinical experiences which must be completed in public school classrooms. Clinical I is taken early in the program (first semester recommended) and requires 35 hours of classroom observation. Clinical II is taken near the end of the program and requires 75 hours of classroom observation and teaching. Clinical III is student teaching and is taken the final semester.

Eligibility for Student Teaching

In the last semester of the program candidates will be enrolled in EDF 677, MAT Level III Clinical Experience, a 15 week, full-time student teaching experience under the direct supervision of a certified teacher(s). Prerequisites for student teaching include the following:

  • 3.0 GPA in all graduate (professional education) courses
  • 2.8 GPA overall and in the content courses
  • Passing score(s) on the Praxis II content test(s)
  • Completion of 100% of content courses
  • Completion of EDF 537 and EDF 637, Level I and II Clinical Experiences
  • Completion of all other program coursework as outlined on the Plan of Study

Eligibility for Licensure

In addition to course work, all candidates for teacher certification must take and pass three standardized tests required by the West Virginia Department of Education. These tests are (1) the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators (CASE), a test with subtests in reading, mathematics, and writing (required for admission to the program); (2) the PRAXIS II Content Knowledge Test (required prior to student teaching); and (3) the Principles of Learning and Teaching Test (PLT), Grades 7-12. The PLT should be taken just prior to or during your final semester. Students who apply for licensure from the West Virginia Department of Education are required to submit to the department a fingerprint card for federal and state background checks.

Contact Us

Dr. Thomas Cooper
Program Coordinator
304-746-1909 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 61909
thomas.cooper@marshall.edu

Huntington Campus
Education Building Room 220
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-3131

South Charleston Campus
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304-746-1992

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