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Master of Arts and 
Certification Program

Admission Requirements

For admission consideration as a degree-seeking graduate student at West Virginia University, the applicant must have: 1) A bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; 2) Met the criteria established by the degree program; and 3) Been accepted by the department. This is a minimum university standard. Specific degree programs frequently set higher standards and have additional requirements, such as the submission of standardized test scores or letters of recommendation.

Deadlines for all program requirements:

Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: March 15

Prospective graduate students at West Virginia University are urged to initiate application for admission as early as possible. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Apply for admission using the  West Virginia University online application for graduate admission.

Step 2: Once admitted to WVU, students must meet the additional Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Certification program requirements:

Admission Requirements: Applicants for the Elementary Education program

Admission Requirements: Applicants for the Secondary Education program
  • Submit WVU Graduate application for admission
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA or above
  • Submit a one-page goal statement. This statement should contain professional experiences, career ambitions and will be considered as a writing sample. 
  • Test requirements: Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators tests in reading, writing and math. (Reading, 156; Writing, 162; and Math, 150)
    • The Praxis CORE may be waived with an enhanced ACT score of 26 or higher, a re-centered SAT score of 1125 (April 1995), or a revised SAT of 1170 (March 2005) or higher OR a 26 ACT or Math and Critical Reading SAT total of 1170 (pre-March 2016 test sitting) or an Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math Section 1240 (post-March 2016 test sitting).
TOEFL scores required for international students must be at least 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) 79-80 iBT or IELTS 6.5. 

Prospective graduate students at West Virginia University are urged to initiate application for admission as early as possible. All requirements, however, must be met by one month before the beginning of the admission semester. 

Admission Requirements for Non-Degree Students

To be eligible for regular admission into the Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Certification program as a non-degree student:

Note: A non-degree student may use no more than 12 graduate level courses (400 level or above) toward a degree.


For questions, please contact: 

Denise Lindstrom   
Coordinator, Master of Arts and Certification Program
E-mail:  Denise.Lindstrom@mail.wvu.edu

To request information about the program, please fill out the Request Information Form.