Cumberland University

Initial Licensure

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching is to provide initial licensure candidates with a broad-based teaching curriculum designed to prepare candidates in the pedagogical and professional skills required of teachers and to develop professional performance in the classroom. To that end, each course contained in the program is carefully selected to promote and encourage a prominent degree of professionalism in the MAT candidate.

To begin coursework in the MAT, candidates must have:

  • Online application
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree
  • A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought.*
  • Grade Point Average on Bachelor's degree of at least 2.75 or 3.00 in Master’s program (if degree is present).
  • A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3.7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement.
  • Immunizations 

A student may take no more than 6 semester hours of graduate credit until the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) has been successfully completed. 


  • Competency in a subject area must be demonstrated by all initial teacher licensure candidates by passing a Praxis II content area exam within SIX MONTHS of the program. 
  • MAT candidates student teach after all of their course requirements are satisfied. 
  • MAT candidates may be required to take additional undergraduate courses in a content to meet state licensure requirements, to be determined by a transcript analysis. Most undergraduate classes are held on campus and are usually day classes. 
  • Programs in the MAT are individualized and must be approved by the Director of the MAT Program.

Please see our online Teacher Education Progression Handbook for all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Progression of our programs, and for all requirements for admission to the student teaching semester.