Required GPA & Entrance Exams
Successful applicants to the MAT program will have a cumulative grade
point average (GPA) of 2.75 out of 4.00 from coursework across all
undergraduate and/or graduate coursework prior to the MAT, or a GPA
of 3.00 out of 4.00 on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed.
The date in which the entrance exam is taken will determine
which exam will be needed. Please note the following:
Admission to the MAT requires meeting the Kentucky established
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 143
Quantitative and 4.0 (out of 6.0 scale) Writing – OR – the applicant
may choose to obtain the Kentucky required minimum scores on
all three sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
(CASE) exams. These required scores are Reading 156, Math 150,
Writing 162. When scheduling to take the Praxis Core exam, please
register for the following exams: Combined Praxis CASE Core Academic
Skills for Educators (5751) which covers all three sections or
schedule individually for CORE Reading (5712), CORE Math (5732)
and CORE Writing (5722).
All MAT students must pass a JCPS background check to be able to complete their field hours and student teaching requirements. If you are unable to pass a background check, you will be unable to complete all requirements for the program.
If the GRE is taken first and successful scores in all areas are not met,
the applicant may choose to obtain success on the appropriate Praxis
CASE exam as an alternative to re-taking the GRE. Test scores for
the GRE and/or PRAXIS must be no more than five years old,
and must be reportable by ETS. If PRAXIS I exams were taken
prior to August 31, 2014, please contact the Office of Graduate
Admission for validity. According to state regulations, if a student
changes programs (e.g. switches from traditional program to alternative
certification, elementary education to secondary education, etc.)
then the PRAXIS exams must meet the latest and current standards.
Test scores used for the Alternative Certification option also may not be
more than five years old and must meet current Kentucky score requirments.
Should a candidate seek the alternative certification option and
age limit/test scores no longer meet the current Kentucky regulations,
then this guideline would necessitate taking the GRE or Praxis CASE
exam(s). Scores are reviewed at the time the alternative license is first
issued to insure Kentucky requirements have been satisfied.
Appropriate and required PRAXIS II content exams (ets.org/praxis) are not necessary for an admission decision although passing
scores in at least one of the applicable content areas must be on file by the
end of the first semester of enrollment (Module I). PRAXIS II content
exams must be no more than five years old at the time of certification.
Learn more about these requirements by visiting these links: GRE
- ets.org/gre, PRAXIS - ets.org/praxis, KY Education
Professional Standards Board – kyepsb.net.
Priority Admission Deadlines
The priority application date is August 1 for a fall semester start. Those applying after that dates will be given priority status. Applications submitted after that date will be considered on a space available basis.
Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:
Language Proficiency. All students are expected to have appropriate English-language proficiency to be admitted to the university. The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed.
Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.
Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.