Requirements for entry into the MAT Program differ depending on whether you already have a bachelor’s degree or if you are a current or recently transferred student at Lake Forest College.
Admission Requirements for Individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree:
Fall admission only:
July 1 deadline
Click here for the application.
With the application, you will need to submit the following:
- MAT application fee ($50) (for review of transcript and additional materials)
- Official college transcript that shows Bachelors’ degree from accredited institution*
- Official college transcripts from each institution attended
- Documentation of passing grade on ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or scheduled test date
- Documentation of passing score in ISBE Content Area Test or scheduled test date
- Documentation of GRE General Test scores or scheduled test date
- Two letters of recommendation from employer(s) and/ or professor(s) at prior institution (in desired certification area for secondary education candidates or content area major for elementary education candidate) for academic and character reference
- Statement of academic and professional goals (1 -2 pages)
*A 3.0 GPA in area of certification is expected. Consideration will also be given to the rigor of the BA preparation as well as evaluation of the content area portfolio.
Transcript review by MAT coordinator
Orientation meeting with MAT coordinator regarding portfolio & interview preparation. Please contact Andrea Muench, Education Department Assistant at 847-735-5169 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
Submission of Content Area Assessments Portfolio (see M.A.T. Handbook) in discipline-specific secondary or elementary broad fields to be evaluated and reviewed by Education Advisory Council content area liaison for strengths and weaknesses in content/certification area and possible additional course recommendations (one week before interview for review by faculty content expert)
- Successful interview with Department of Education faculty that includes assessment of the following:
- communication skills
- clarity of goals for teaching
- identifying characteristics demonstrated in areas of preprofessional dispositions, reflection, resourcefulness and potential for remaining characteristics to be demonstrated
- relevant experiences with targeted age group
- On-site writing sample
Evidence from state police background check that the student is suitable to work with children. This will be arranged through the Lake Forest College Office of Public Safety.
Admission or provisional admission and course registration
Continuing participation in the program is contingent upon successful completion of all testing, subsequent portfolio checkpoints, and course requirements.
Admission Requirements for Current
Lake Forest College Students and Transfer Undergraduate Students
- Recommendation from your major advisor
- Good standing at the College, compliance with ethics policy, verification by Dean of students
- Passing score in Illinois State Board of Education Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and ISBE Content Area Test
- Transcript evaluation and review by Education Advisory Content Area liaison for strengths and weaknesses in content area and possible additional course recommendations
- Schedule to complete major for graduation
- GPA of 2.75
- Submission of Content Area Assessments Portfolio (see M.A.T. Handbook) in discipline-specific secondary or elementary broad fields to be evaluated and reviewed by Education Advisory Council content area liaison for strengths and weaknesses in content/certification area and possible additional course recommendations (one week before interview for review by faculty content expert)
- Department interview
- On-site writing sample
- Passing of Illinois State Police background check
- B- or better in EDUC 210