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M.A. in Teaching Admission Requirements

Applying to the Wheaton College Graduate School

Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the M.A. in Teaching at the Wheaton College Graduate School.

Application Deadline Information

International Applicants

The formal application deadline for all international applicants is January 1st.

United States (Citizen, Permanent Resident, National) Applicants

The M.A. in Teaching program will continue to review completed applications after June 15th on a rolling basis. Please note that decisions after the June 15th date are dependent upon registration availability. We encourage following the deadlines below to enhance your application experience.

Early Action Application: Apply by November 15th to receive an admissions decision by December 6th

Priority Application: Apply by January 15th to receive an admissions decision by February 5th

Regular Application: Apply by March 15th to receive an admissions decision by April 6th

Final Application (decisions after this date dependent upon availability)Apply by June 15th to receive an admissions decision by July 6th.

Requirements for All Students

  • Application deadline is April 1.
  • Bachelor's degree from an approved institution and in an approved major.
    • Approved institution
      • Regionally accredited and grants degree in education that includes state licensure for teachers.
        • If your school does not grant such a degree, your transcript can be evaluated for meeting Wheaton's general education requirements.
    • Approved Major for Elementary Education Licensure
      • Within Liberal Arts & Sciences
    • Approved Major for Secondary Education Licensure
      • English/Language Arts
      • Foreign Language (French, German, or Spanish)
      • Mathematics
      • Science (designation in Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, or Physics)
      • Social Science (designation in History)
  • GPA 3.0 minimum
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test
  • TAP (Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency)
    • ACT or SAT scores can be submitted to the ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) in lieu of the TAP.
      • ACT 22 minimum, plus writing score. SAT 1030 minimum, plus writing score.
  • Official transcripts from all schools that ever granted you college credit, even just one credit.
  • Admission application.
  • Three recommendation forms, not letters. 
    • Academic.
    • Pastoral (or other Christian leader).
    • Professional.
      • Option if you do not have an employer: Someone with whom you have had a supervisor-employee relationship, for example in a ministry, internship, or missions-trip context.
    • Letters accepted as supplements to Recommendation Forms.
  • Three essays.
  • Chronological resume.
  • Signed  Statement of Faith, Community Covenant, and Statement of Veracity.
  • Application fee US $30, non-refundable.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Illinois Content Area Test

  • The Illinois Content Area Test is not required for admission, but it must be passed to be eligible for student teaching.
    • Elementary Education candidates take the content-area test during the second semester of the program.
    • Secondary Education candidates take the content-area test before student teaching. They can also take the test before starting the MAT program.
  • International students also must pass Illinois Content Area Test.