M.A.T. (Formerly ACT)

Admissions and Advising Questions

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Barbara Radcliffe Dr. J.T. Cox Fall Semester: No Admission Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: jtcox@valdosta.edu Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5611

Phone: 229-333-5611

Summer Semester: April 15

Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
  • This program provides initial certification and a master's degree in education in 36 semester hours. See Important Program Information for additional information

Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores


Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • Verbal - 350/143 (if taken July 2011 or later)
    • Quantitative - 400/138 (if taken July 2011 or later)
    • Analytical - 3.0
  • Minimum MAT Requirement: 375

VSU College of Education Teacher Education Requirements

  • Must contact the VSU College of Education to request a transcript evaluation.
  • Present passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills or evidence of exemption eligibility
  • Present passing scores on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment.
  • See Important Program Information below for details. For additional information on these requirements, contact the program coordinator, Dr. J.T. Cox (jtcox@valdosta.edu).

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • This program is formerly known as the ACT program for initial certification. 
  • The M.Ed. track of the ACT Program offers initial certification recommendation following successful completion of the first 18 semester hours of the program. Students who complete the entire 36 semester hour curriculum will receive an M.Ed. and an increase in certification level (T-5). This includes two full semesters of internship/student teaching experience.
  • The M.A.T. track of the ACT Program is designed for individuals seeking initial certification and a master's degree who have not secured a professional position. This is a full-time program with requirements during daytime hours. Teachers working on non-renewable non-professional certificates should consider the M.Ed. Track. This includes two full semesters of internship/student teaching experience.
  • College of Education Teacher Education Requirements: These must be completed prior to admission to the program. Prospective students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible to avoid delays in enrollment. See the Department's website for details or contact Dr. Cox, program coordinator (jtcox@valdosta.edu) for information about the Teacher Education requirements.


International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ExamInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS), English Language Centers Level 109, or completion of level 6 at VSU's English Language Institute – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit one of the above. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the language proficiency requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status
  • Probationary Status
  • The Adult and Career Education program will consider requests for Irregular Admission; however, requesting Irregular Admission does not guarantee approval to enroll.  See the Graduate School Irregular Form for specific information.


Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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