Graduate Admissions

STEPS TO ADMISSION

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program, follow these steps: 
 

1. Submit your online application
An application fee of $75 is required. Online payments are accepted by e-check, MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. A service fee of 2.7% is applied to all credit/debit card transactions. E-check/ACH transactions can be made with no service fee.
 
2. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended
A BA or BS from an accredited four-year college or university and a cumulative GPA of 2.75, with a commensurate minimum GPA in content-area undergraduate coursework, is required. If your GPA is below 2.75 you may enroll as a non-degree seeking student prior to application to increase your GPA. If below a 2.75 please provide justification in your statement of purpose. See additional prerequisite course requirements below for each specialization.

3. Submit the following items: 
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Must be on letterhead and include the writer’s signature
  • Statement of purpose
    Statement should share your disposition for teaching and your current teaching philosophy
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores
    Minimum scores should be 135 in both Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 in Analytical Writing. Scores should be no more than five years old
  • ETS Content Specialty Area scores
    Minimum scores should be: Biology/Science 150, English Language Arts 167, or Social Studies/History 158 (by the end of the first semester)

Acceptance to the program will require a clean background check. If there are special circumstances to consider regarding your academic and/or personal background, please submit a brief essay with an explanation. In addition, academic recommendations or an interview may be required. 

Completed application file will be reviewed for an admission decision within two weeks.


Prerequisite Course Requirements

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    Biology Specialization

    An undergraduate degree in biology OR a minimum of 20 hours in the following areas is required:

    • 6–8 credit hours in General Chemistry
    • 6–8 credit hours in General Biology
    • 4 credit hours from the following areas of Molecular and Cellulary Biology: Anatomy and Physiology; Genetics; Cell Biology; Developmental Biology; Biochemistry; Microbiology; Histology
    • 4 credit hours from the following areas of Ecological and Environmental Biology: Ecology; Botany; Zoology; Conservation Biology; Evolution
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    English Specialization

    An undergraduate degree in English OR a minimum of 21 hours in the following areas is required:

    • 6 credit hours from the following areas of study: Technical Writing; Creative Writing; Journalism; Advanced Research and Composition; Composition and Rhetoric
    • 9 credit hours from the following areas of study: American Literature; British Literature; World Literature; Contemporary World Literature; Introduction to Literature
    • 6 credit hours in the following areas of study: Advanced Grammar; History of English Language; Linguistics; Theory of Drama; Theory of Fiction; Theory of Poetry
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    History Specialization

    An undergraduate degree in history OR a minimum of 21 hours in the following areas is required:

    U.S. History
    • U.S. History Survey I
    • U.S. History Survey II
    • Any advanced coursework on U.S. history topics (ex. Civil War and Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, U.S. since 1945, The Civil Rights Movement, American Diplomatic History)
    World History
    • World Civilizations/World History I
    • World Civilizations/World History II
    • European History I
    • European History II
    • Any non-western history course (ex. History of Asia, Latin America, China, Africa, etc…)
    • Any advanced coursework on European or World history topics (ex. History of Epidemics and Disease, History of Globalization/Capitalism, Comparative History)
    Political Science
    • U.S. Government/Intro to U.S. Politics
    • Comparative Politics
    • Political Theory
    • State and Local Governments
    • Any advanced coursework in Political Science
    Geography
    • Intro to Physical Geography
    • Intro to Human Geography Economics
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics Behavioral Science
    • Introduction to Psychology

Submit all documents to the Office of Admission at:

Office of Admission 
Lees-McRae College 
PO Box 128 
Banner Elk, NC 28604-0128 

Email: admissions@lmc.edu   
Fax: 828.898.8707 

About the MAT Program

With a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (MAT), you can take what you already know, pair it with graduate-level instruction in education, and launch a teaching career.

Coursework is delivered in a variety of ways—on campus in the classroom, online through a computer, or even some combination of the two.

Learn more

Studying at Lees-McRae as an undergrad?

Current undergraduate students at Lees-McRae may enroll in courses approved for graduate-level credit as early as the spring semester of their junior year. An early start as a "Bridge student" means you can get both your bachelor's and master's degrees in five years!

“Bridge student” applicants must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 75 hours of undergraduate coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0'
  • A completed “Letter of Intent” submitted to the Director of Teacher Education and the Program Coordinator for the MAT
  • A recommendation letter from her/his academic advisor submitted to the Director of Teacher Education and the Program Coordinator for the MAT
  • GRE minimum scores of 135 in both Verbal and Quantitative and a 3.5 in Analytical Writing (by the end of the first semester)
  • ETS Content Specialty Area minimum passing scores of: Biology/Science 150, English Language Arts 167, or Social Studies/History 158 (by the end of the first semester)
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    Conditional Admission Information

    The Office of Admission and the teacher education faculty may conditionally accept an applicant into the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Conditional admission can be granted when applicants have submitted proof that their GRE score report will be available to the college by November 1 for applicants starting in the fall semester and April 2 for applicants starting in the spring semester. Failure to provide a passing score report by the designated date will prevent the student from registering for the following semester. The GRE General Test minimum score requirements are as follows: 135 in each section, Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and a 3.5 in Analytical Writing.

    Conditional admission may also be granted to applicants with pending prerequisites with the condition that they complete and pass those courses with a grade of C or better in the semester they are admitted.

    Once all conditions have been met, the applicant will be reevaluated for full admission into the MAT program.


What We Look For

Each application is reviewed individually and decisions of admission are based on the following:

  • Academic achievement and potential
  • Personal characteristics, motivation, and integrity
  • Leadership ability as demonstrated by participation in school, community, or religious organizations

Lees-McRae College reserves the right to revoke or deny admission or enrollment from students who knowingly mislead or present false information on the application. The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgement, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about the student. A disciplinary matter or criminal conviction, whether occurring prior to the time of application, while the application is under review, or after the admission decision has been made, may affect the institution’s decisions regarding admission, enrollment, or course of study.
 

Contact Admissions

Physical Address:
Chaffee Center
191 Main Street
Banner Elk, NC
 
Mailing Address:
Office of Admission
Lees-McRae College
PO Box 128
Banner Elk, NC 28604
 
Email:
admissions@lmc.edu
 
Phone:
828.898.5241
 
Fax:
828.898.8707