Complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Typically, elementary candidates and some secondary candidates will receive an admission decision within two weeks after their interview. Quality candidates will continue to be accepted until the cohorts are full, at which time a waitlist will be created.
Priority application dates for MAT programs
- January cohort (full-time program) – November 1st (Elementary cohort only)
- June cohort (full-time program) – March 1st
- August cohort (evening program) – May 1st
Ready to apply? Please submit the following:
- Completed MAT Application
- A one- to two-page Letter of Intent that explains why you want to be a teacher, why you are considering Concordia, and where you see yourself in five years (both personally and professionally).
- Official transcripts verifying a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. (In-progress transcripts must document current coursework.) Note: If you are submitting transcripts from an institution outside of the United States you will need to have them evaluated by one of our transcript evaluation partners.
- A minimum 2.8 GPA for undergraduate work (3.0 GPA for any graduate coursework) is required for admission. Note: Graduate credit at Concordia will only be awarded for courses receiving a B- grade or higher.
- Résumé that lists education, recent work experience, and any experiences in educational settings or with youth.
- Two letters of reference dated within the last year. We ask that your references state how they know you, how they have seen you interact with children or youth or in an educational setting, and how they feel you will be as a teacher. Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students. Please consult your admission counselor or enrollment specialist for details about submitting the letters of reference.
- An official score report from the SAT, ACT, GRE or Praxis Core (reading, writing, and math subtests) required. Cut scores required for licensure may vary by state.
- Complete TSPC character questionnaire.
- An interview with two members of the College of Education. (This is the final phase of the admission process. If your completed file meets all requirements, you may be contacted to schedule an interview.)
- All candidates must submit one of the following tests as part of the application process: SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis Core.
- For elementary candidates, passing scores for state-mandated tests are required before students begin their practicum/student teaching experiences but are not required for admission.
- Secondary candidates who do not hold a degree in the endorsement area they are seeking to teach must pass the NES content exam (or exams, if they are dual-endorsed) PRIOR to admission. For those who hold a degree in their endorsement area of interest, passing scores are required before they can begin their practicum/student teaching experiences.
- Elementary and secondary candidates are strongly encouraged to pass all tests prior to starting the program. Please see the Testing Brochure for a complete listing of these tests.
- International students must report a passing score on an English proficiency test and other pertinent forms.
- TOEFL: paper-based = 550; Internet-based = 80; IELTS: 6.5
Exception: International students whose undergraduate education took place in Australia, Canada (English-speaking provinces), the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Students born in one of these countries yet educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
Submit your application materials
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- Fax to: 503-280-8531
- Mail to:
Office of Admission
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