Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) application requirements
We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible; please contact us if you have any questions.
The Education department seeks to enroll students who are dedicated to pursuing their teaching career as a vocational commitment to serve young people, particularly urban students from low income neighborhoods and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. We seek applicants who are empathetic towards and enthusiastic about working with young people, committed to the subject matter they are teaching, sensitive to the different cultural backgrounds of their students, able to think critically about the beliefs and assumptions they make about their students and able to collaborate with their colleagues. These attributes will guide our admissions process and assessment of student progress in the program.
Students enter the M.A.T. program having completed a liberal arts degree. Students interested in teaching at the secondary level normally have fulfilled a major in their planned teaching field, such as English, history, mathematics or biology. The admissions process is competitive and final admissions decisions are made by Education department faculty.
When your completed application is received, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward your application to the Admissions Committee. The time it takes to receive a decision will vary depending on the program to which you apply and when your application is submitted. Once a decision has been reached, you will be notified via email and your status in the application portal will be updated.
Create an account on ouronline application portal to complete your Clark Graduate School Application and upload any additional credentials as required.
Application fee: $75 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application.
Personal statement: Please provide a statement in which you discuss your interest in and readiness for public school teaching and your particular interest in the Clark program, which is housed in a partnership supporting urban youth and schools. In particular, please reflect on the seven main core competencies listed below. Refer to relevant academic, professional or personal experiences that will contribute to your success in the program and in teaching, in particular your prior work with youth.
Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. Two letters should be from academic professionals who have taught or supervised the applicant and can attest to the applicant's academic capability. The third letter should be from a supervisor or adult mentor for a youth program who can attest the applicant's effective interaction with and support for young people in youth programs.
We ask all applicants to reflect on and demonstrate their readiness for the program in terms of the first six of the seven areas below. We will focus on the seventh area, "performance as a best practice teacher," once you are in the program.
Vocational commitment: Great teachers approach teaching as a vocation, as a calling to serve young people in their formation as whole persons, with a focus on their intellectual, academic, and social development. Strong applicants will reflect deeply on their reasons for entering teaching, and test and demonstrate their commitment by working in a youth program, preferably one serving urban youth.
Ability to relate to youth: Great teachers are empathetic towards and enthusiastic about working with young people. They respect, trust, and believe in their students. They understand their developmental concerns, their hopes, and their yearnings. They communicate with and engage young people well. They bring their hearts as well as minds to their work. Strong applicants will demonstrate their commitment to teaching young people by working in some interactive role in a youth program, preferably in a setting with diverse children (for example, in a mentor or tutor program, big brother/big sister program, summer camp, or youth recreation program).
Subject matter understanding: Great teachers believe in the subject matter they are teaching. They are great learners themselves, and show enthusiasm for and deep understanding of the subject matter. At the same time, they recognize that their subject matter knowledge is not something simply to give to students, but must be integrated with a pedagogy that makes learning meaningful and accessible for all. Successful applicants will have excellent academic records, and demonstrate a commitment to the subject matter of their teaching.
Cultural awareness: Great teachers value the different cultural backgrounds of their students, and use their cultural awareness in an effort to relate to and support them in learning. Successful applicants will be able to illustrate their commitment to cultural understanding, with reference to specific coursework and other experiences.
Capacity for critical reflection: Great teachers think critically about the beliefs and assumptions they make about their students, and that inform their decision-making about what and how to teach. Urban teachers especially must be able to take a critical stance to their work and the institution of school, with a commitment to education as fundamentally a moral and democratic activity, grounded in values of equity, equality, freedom, and responsible participation in civic life. Strong applicants will address how they have developed this capacity.
Ability to collaborate: Great teachers must be able to work openly and collaboratively to create a strong culture of learning and mutual support for themselves as well as their students. Strong applicants will address their commitment to a program in which planning and the examination of teaching practice occur frequently in a collaborative process.
Performance as a best practice teacher (by the end of the M.A.T. program): Great teachers know their students as well as their subject matter well. They combine their subject matter knowledge and understanding of their students to engage, support and challenge all students in meaningful learning. They facilitate their students' development as thinkers, readers, writers, and active and capable learners in multiple ways. They have high expectations, help each student believe in himself or herself as a learner and encourage high aspirations. They help students develop as respectful, supportive and responsible members of their learning community. Upon entering the M.A.T. program, students will become immersed in a highly demanding and reflective, but also highly supported process of developing their teaching practice along these lines.
For International Applicants
All transcripts that are submitted as part of your application must be translated into English prior to submission. Transcripts from international programs that do not include the original language and the English translation will not be considered for admission. If you submit an official final transcript, please make sure to include confirmation of earned degree.
We ask that all international applicants refrain from sending financial documents as part of their application for admission. Financial documents will be needed only after you have received an offer of admission and choose to enroll at Clark University.
After you accept the offer of admission and pay the non-refundable deposit, the following items are needed:
International Student Information Form
A copy of your passport
Bank statement that is no more than 6 months old*
Signed Affidavit of Support if the bank statement is not in your name and if you will not be using personal funds to finance your education*
Upload the documents listed above to your online application account.
*The bank statement and affidavit of support are needed for those who would like Clark University to issue an I-20 form (for students who want to obtain an F-1 student visa) or a DS-2019 (for students who want to obtain a J-1 visa)
Obtaining a student visa
After you upload the documents listed above, your information will be reviewed by Clark University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). In most cases, the ISSO will issue an I-20 or DS-2019 form so that you can apply for a student visa. The I-20 form or DS-2019 form will be sent to you along with detailed steps on the visa application process. Here is a brief overview of the visa acquisition process:
Read the I-20 or DS-2019 to make sure all of the information is accurate.
Health insurance is required for all international students. U.S. students may waive the charge with proof of comparable coverage. Learn more about health insurance.
Full-time graduate students are encouraged to live on campus if possible; thus, the chart above reflects the estimated cost of on-campus housing and living expenses (utilities, internet service, cable service and laundry). Learn more about on-campus housing options. If you are a full-time graduate student, and you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on the apartment and utilities you choose, whether you have roommates and whether you incur additional living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Tuition and scholarships
Adam Scholarships and Noyce Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for applicants to the M.A.T. program.
As an Adam or Noyce Scholar, you must commit to at least two years of teaching service in a high-need school district after graduation (within five years). “High-need” means at least one of the following:
A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line.
A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching the content area in which they were trained to teach.
Priority is given to students who are from groups underrepresented in teaching (in particular, minorities and persons with disabilities) and who demonstrate financial need. In addition, Noyce Scholars will be selected based on several criteria:
Strong academic competence, as reflected in an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
Commitment to teaching in a high-need school district for at least two years after completing the M.A.T. program.
An aptitude and affinity for teaching youth in a high-need setting, as demonstrated in volunteer or similar work with youth in community or classroom settings.
A demonstrated commitment to work with others in a cohort group and community of practice.
For more information about applying for student loans to cover all or part of your graduate education, visit the general Financial Assistance page.
How to Enroll
Please use the following information as a guide to enrolling in the M.A.T. programif you have been accepted. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Step 1: Fill out the enrollment reply form
The first step to enrolling in any graduate program is to submit the enrollment form. To do so, you’ll need to log in using the credentials established when you first started your application.
Step 2: Pay your deposit
Students admitted to the M.A.T. programmust submit a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure their enrollment and reserve their space in the incoming class. The deadline for this deposit will be included in your decision notification letter.
To pay online by electronic check (ACH) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express), please follow the payment link in your online application portal.
A U.S. bank account is required to pay by ACH; there is no service fee to pay by ACH. Please note a 2.75% service fee is charged for payment made by domestic credit card and a 4.25% service fee is charged for payment made by international credit card.
Step 3: Decide where you will live
Clark offers several kinds of on-campus housing for graduate students, so you can take advantage of all that university life has to offer. The estimated costs on the tuition and financial expenses tab are based on graduate students who choose to live on campus, which is encouraged. If you’re interested in on-campus housing, you’ll need to read the Graduate Student Housing page, which informs about instructions, rates and necessary forms. All Clark graduate housing options include most additional living expenses, such as utilities, Internet and cable service and laundry. If you choose to live off campus, your housing costs will depend on which apartment you choose and whether you have roommates and other living expenses. You can search for off-campus housing by visiting this listings page.
Massachusetts state law requires all full-time students who enroll in one of the state's public or private colleges or universities to be immunized against diphtheria; tetanus; measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis B and meningitis. To comply with state health requirements, you’ll need to provide documentation of your immunization history. The necessary forms can be found on the Health Services website. The deadline to submit immunization forms if you are enrolling for the fall semester is July 1 and if you are enrolling for the spring semester, the deadline is December 15.
Step 5: Submit your final transcript
If you were still working on your undergraduate degree when you applied to Clark, you’ll need to send us your final official transcripts and certificate of graduation, if applicable, that show you’ve been awarded an undergraduate degree to:
Graduate Admissions Office
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
The deadline to submit final transcripts is August 1. Keep in mind that your admission to any program is contingent upon receipt of that transcript.