Apply for Master of Arts in Teaching at George Fox University

MAT Admission Requirements

We are seeking teacher candidates who are dedicated and focused, open to multiple viewpoints, enthusiastic about learning, able to negotiate systems, and excellent at communicating.

For students seeking admission to the MAT program, requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last two years of course work
  • Passing scores on the Essential Academic Skills (EAS) exam or the Praxis Core Academic Skills exam (additional test scores required in some cases). CBEST scores will be accepted, though the CBEST may no longer be offered at many locations. Students with a regionally accredited Masters or Doctoral degree are exempt from taking the basic skills exam.
  • Interview by the admission committee
  • Previous experience working with children or adolescents
  • Strong recommendation from three individuals

How to Apply

Basic Skills Exams: Register for, take, and submit passing scores for one of the basic skills exams for teachers:

Note: Additional subject area testing is required for State Licensure, but is not required for admission. Subject area tests must be completed before student teaching. Candidates who currently hold a master’s degree or higher at the time of application are not required to submit official scores from one of the basic skills tests. Recommended reading: Testing: The Big Picture

Apply Online:
Create an account with a username and password and complete the MAT application online here. Submitting the online application will require a $40 non-refundable application fee. Online submission is recommended to expedite processing, but you may also download paper application online here.
Form: Download and complete the MAT program Supplemental Application Form and submit to

The Supplemental Form requires an essay in response to the prompt provided. 

Official (Unopened) Transcripts:

Order official transcripts from every regionally accredited college or university where you completed even a single course. Transcripts should be sent to the address below:

Office of Admissions
George Fox University
12753 S.W. 68th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97223
Teacher Focused Resume:
Group your work history into two sections: "Applicable Work and Volunteer Experience" and "Other Work Experience." Submit to or fax to 503.554.6111.
Professional Reference Form:
Download and email the fillable Professional Reference form to three references. Please carefully follow directions included on the fillable form. 
Application Admission Statement (Essay):
Complete the essay according to instructions included on the Supplemental Form. 
Character Questionnaire:
Complete the Character Questionnaire and email to or fax to 503-554-6111. 
Complete FAFSA (if applicable):
Apply for federal financial aid through the FAFSA (GFU FAFSA code is: 003194). Contact your financial aid counselor for financial aid award questions.
International Students:
Additional requirements for international students are online here

Once Your Application is Complete

Group Interview/Assessment
The MAT admissions committee will review your application file. Applicants meeting initial program criteria will be invited to a group assessment/interview.
Enrollment Deposit
Upon admission you are required to submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit by the date provided to you in your admit letter. Please review the Student Accounts website for more information.

Application Deadlines*

  • Now accepting applications for the Full-time format (program begins in June at our main campus in Newberg).
  • June 1st for the Part-time MAT at Night format (program begins late August at our Portland location).
  • October 1st for the Part-time MAT in Your Community format (program begins in January with locations in Portland, Salem, or Redmond).
  • Redmond cohort applications will be accepted through the end of December.

*We will continue to accept applications after the deadline when cohorts are not filled. Contact admissions for assistance.

Questions? Contact Kipp Wilfong for more information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 503-554-6027

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