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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

  • 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
      • In accordance with recent changes by the Illinois State Board of Education, any undergraduate major is now eligible to enroll in the MAT in Elementary Education and obtain teaching licensure.
    • 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
  • Please note that the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General tests are not required
  • 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

International students, and permanent residents of the US whose native language is not English, are required to take either the TOEFL iBT Test,  IELTS Academic Test, or Duolingo English test with the minimal scores indicated below:

TOEFL iBT Test: 100 with at least 20 in each category

IELTS Academic Test: 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each category

Duolingo English Test: 120

Applicants who wish to waive their English proficiency test, please refer to the English proficiency page for details.

An International Transcript Verification Report is needed for students who completed degrees outside of the United States.

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.