How to apply

Each degree listed below provides instructions on how to apply for both domestic and international students:

Domestic students

  • Start an application for your program in Slate
  • Upload required materials, including an unofficial transcript from your last institution. (Students will need to provide official transcripts upon admission to the program)
  • Attend group interview with other applicants
  • Wait for admissions decision

International students

Acceptance deadline for international students is March 1st, meaning international students need to apply by February 15th

  • Contact admissions ([email protected]) and let the department know you are applying as an international student
  • Submit English proficiency scores from any of the following: TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS
  • If scores are accepted, start an application for your program in Slate
  • Upload required materials, including an unofficial transcript from your last institution. (Students will need to provide official transcripts upon admission to the program)
  • Attend group interview with other applicants
  • Wait for admissions decision

Domestic students

  • Start an application for your program in Slate
  • Upload required materials, including an unofficial transcript from your last institution. (Students will need to provide official transcripts upon admission to the program)
  • Attend group interview with other applicants
  • Wait for admissions decision

International students

Acceptance deadline for international students is March 1st, meaning international students need to apply by February 15th

  • Contact admissions ([email protected]) and let the department know you are applying as an international student
  • Submit English proficiency scores from any of the following: TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS
  • If scores are accepted, start an application for your program in Slate
  • Upload required materials, including an unofficial transcript from your last institution. (Students will need to provide official transcripts upon admission to the program)
  • Attend group interview with other applicants
  • Wait for admissions decision

Domestic students

  • Contact the coach you are interested in being a GA for
  • Complete GA application with athletics
  • If accepted by coach, begin an application with your program in Slate
  • Upload required materials, including an unofficial transcript from your last institution. (Students will need to provide official transcripts upon admission to the program)
  • Attend group interview with other applicants
  • Wait for admissions decision

International students

Acceptance deadline for international students is March 1st, meaning international students need to apply by February 15th.

  • Contact the coach you are interested in being a GA for
  • Complete GA application with athletics
  • Contact admissions ([email protected]) and let the department know you are applying as an international student
  • Submit English proficiency scores from any of the following: TOEFL, Duolingo, or IELTS
  • If accepted by coach and proficiency scores are accepted by admissions, begin an application with your program in Slate
  • Upload required materials, including an unofficial transcript from your last institution. (Students will need to provide official transcripts upon admission to the program)
  • Attend group interview with other applicants
  • Wait for admissions decision

Guidelines

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs seek to admit individuals who have the competence and commitment to be outstanding educators and who value the principles and practices that inform the programs.

Both programs accept applications from graduates of Earlham and actively seek graduates from other institutions.

A selection committee of G.P.E faculty and admissions officers assess applicants for both programs using the pieces of the application listed below. Before concluding the application process, applicants are invited to campus to participate in an interview.

Candidate fit and readiness for the programs are assessed through:

  • Personal statement (essay)
  • Interview
  • Grade point average (at least 3.0 in either major or overall course work is desired)
  • Standardized test scores (for M.A.T. only) (CASA or other alternatives)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a college professor)
  • Transcript review to assess the breadth and depth of student preparation

Commitment to the cohort and the program’s principles and dispositions for teaching are evaluated mainly through analyses of the application essay, interviews and letters of recommendation. We also seek candidates who have positive experiences in working with youth as one other means of confirming their desire and capacity to become an educator.

GPE resources

Frequent asked questions

The M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program leads to a master’s degree and a teaching license. It is geared toward those who want to become a secondary classroom teacher. The M.Ed. (Master of Arts in Education) program leads to a master’s degree. It is geared toward those who want to enter or further their experience in a field of education other than the public classroom. Examples of careers include outdoor education, educational nonprofits, educational media and technology, museum work, journalism, and library science.

  • Both programs begin in early June, on campus. There is no virtual option for either program.
  • Entrance to the programs is only in Summer. Students cannot begin the program in the Fall or Spring semesters.

For the 2021-22 academic year, tuition will be the following:

  • M.A.T. program: $29,000
  • M.Ed. program: $22,950.

We offer significant scholarships to help offset the cost of each program. For information about scholarships, contact [email protected].

Cohort numbers vary by year. They range from 10-25, with the average size being around 11 students.

M.A.T. candidates complete a two-week practicum in the summer. In August, candidates begin a year-long practicum (for M.A.T. candidates, this is student teaching) that usually concludes in mid-April. By January, candidates are at their placement every day.

For MEd, students have a practicum each semester, 40 hrs in the summer, 140 hrs each fall and spring. Practicum placements are decided by the student in consultation with faculty, and are flexible to meet the needs and goals of the student.

Students usually live close to campus in rented houses and apartments. It is not uncommon for groups of M.A.T. and M.Ed. students to live together. We can help you find housing options.  While you do not need a car, we strongly recommend having one as it will make travel between campus and your placement much easier.

Yes, both for admission and for staying in the program. Students are expected to have roughly a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program.  See admissions guidelines above.

M.A.T. students may have a part-time job; however, it may be challenging, given the demands of coursework and clinical work. M.Ed. candidates have more flexibility with jobs and, in many cases, their pre-existing job becomes their practicum placement.

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. are 11-month programs.* Admitted students will begin the program in early June and will continue for three semesters: summer semester, fall semester and spring semester. Graduation occurs in May. For more details, view the graduate academic calendar.

*Students pursuing the two-year M.Ed. graduate 23 months after beginning the program.

In general, M.A.T. classes meet 8:30-3:30 Monday-Thursday in the Summer semester (June and July). In the Fall semester, M.A.T. students are at their student teaching sites for the school day Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and on Earlham’s campus taking classes Tuesday and Thursday. In the Spring semester, M.A.T. students are at their student teaching sites during the school day Monday-Friday, and have two evening classes a week on campus.

In general, M.Ed. classes meet 8:30-3:30 Monday-Thursday in the Summer semester (June and July). In the Fall and Spring semesters, M.Ed. students have classes from 8:30-11:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. M.Ed. students will work their 140 hours of Fall and Spring practicum outside of class hours. M.Ed. students on the two year track will have parts of the Summer semester off each year, and they will take classes one or two days a week (depending on the year and the semester) in the Fall and Spring semesters.