MAT Admission and Tuition

The application process differs for Combined BA/MAT and Post BA MAT candidates.

Combined BA/MAT application process

Combined BA/MAT candidates are individuals seeking their BA in relevant content area for teaching (any content area for Elementary) and their subsequent MAT/teaching licensure at Lake Forest College. No formal application is necessary for Combined BA/MAT candidates, as it is embedded within the BA Checkpoint I program entrance process.

Post BA/MAT Application Process

Post BA MAT candidates are individuals seeking licensure who have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at another institution (with a major in an area of study offered by Lake Forest College) or at Lake Forest College. Post BA MAT candidates need to submit a formal application to the MAT program.

  • Application deadline for fall semester: July 1
  • Application deadline for spring semester: November 1

Before beginning step one of the official application process below, please contact the Education Program Coordinator, Adrienne Thoms (, for inquiries and program overview. Adrienne will connect you with the MAT Coordinator, Dr. Desmond Odugu (, to schedule an appointment for an in-person or virtual meeting and transcript evaluation. Do not begin the online application process until you have connected with Adrienne and Dr. Odugu.

Post BA MAT Application

With the application, you will need to submit the following:

  1. Unofficial college transcript that shows Bachelors’ degree from accredited institution, as well as transcripts from each institution attended. The unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the system. Official transcripts will also need to be sent directly to Admissions from issuing institution(s).*
  2. One letter of recommendation from an employer or a professor at your prior institution (in desired licensure area for secondary and K-12 candidates or content area major for elementary education candidates) for academic and character reference.
  3. Statement of academic and professional goals (1-2 page essay).

*A 3.0 GPA in area of licensure is expected. Consideration will also be given to the rigor of the BA preparation as well as evaluation of the content area portfolio.


See Lake Forest College’s tuition page for current rates for MAT courses. Scroll down to the “Masters of Art in Teaching” heading under the “Other Tuition Charges” section of the page.