header Home KSU Home Programs Courses About Department Resources

To apply for the MAT in Foreign Languages, complete the following requirements for admission:

Requirement One: Complete the on-line Graduate Application

Requirement Two: Undergraduate Degree and Transcripts
1. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Bachelor's degree (with a 2.75 GPA, on a 4.0 scale in all language courses)
2. Your transcripts must include a minimum of 21 undergraduate upper level (3000 or 4000 level) semester hours OR the equivalent in Spanish or Chinese, respectively,
in the following areas: Language, Linguistics, Culture, and Literature.

Note: If you would like to take the above-mentioned prerequisite courses at KSU, you may do so as an Undergraduate student at KSU. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at
470-578-6300 for deadline dates and admission requirements. Please note that ALL prerequisite courses must be completed PRIOR to MAT consideration.

Requirement Three: Examination Requirements
1. GACE Program Admission Test Obtain and submit passing scores on GACE (Basic Skills Assessment) (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) required in Georgia. Test results should be sent directly to KSU (School Code 420).  Students may exempt GACE Program AdmissionTesting if they meet any of the following:
1. ACT: at least 43 (English & Math)
2. GRE: at least 1030 (Verbal & Quantitative) if taken before August 1st, 2011; at least 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) if taken on or after August 1st, 2011
3. SAT: at least 1000 (Verbal & Quantitative)
4. Not Required for those with expired clear, renewable GA teaching certificates OR current/expired professional certification from another state.
5. Not Required for those with a Master's degree or above from a PSC-accepted accredited institution
6. For more information: please log onto http://gace.ets.org/
2. Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI, administered by ACTFL)
Obtain and submit an official paper copy OR electronic copy of your
OPI score by logging onto www.languagetesting.com

Minimum scores MUST be:
For Spanish Applicants : “Advanced Low”
For Chinese Applicants: “Intermediate High” To schedule an OPI on the KSU campus, please email Ms. Sonja Francois, Administrative Assistant for the MAT in Foreign Languages program.

3. Content Examinations For Spanish Applicants only: Obtain and submit official passing scores on GACE Content Assessment Exams in Spanish – http://gace.ets.org/about/assessments

For Chinese Applicants only: Obtain and submit official passing
WPT (Writing Proficiency Test administered by ACTFL) - www.languagetesting.com
with minimum scores of “Intermediate High”
(Which, together with the OPI, will satisfy the Georgia Content Assessment Exam requirement for certification) To schedule a WPT on the KSU campus, please email Ms. Sonja Francois, Administrative Assistant for the MAT in Foreign Languages program.

4. GRE (General Exam) or MAT: Obtain and submit a paper copy of your GRE (General) or MAT score. Make sure your official results are sent to KSU upon completion
(School Code: 5359).

We will analyze these scores in conjunction with other test scores and application credentials.

A minimum score of 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) if taken before August 1st, 2011; at least 297 (Verbal and Quantitative) if taken on or after August 1st, 2011 will exempt you from take the GACE Basic Skills Exams.

Please click the following link for information about the computer-based GRE exam in Mainland China. This link provides the contact information for test centers in China (scroll to page 6 of the document).

For more information on the GRE, please refer to www.ets.org.
For more information on the MAT, please refer to www.harcourtassessment.com

Requirement Four: Letters of Recommendation
Obtain and submit TWO Letters of Recommendation from TWO sources capable of assessing interpersonal skills applicable to teaching and/or potential for graduate work. These recommendations should be on school or business letterhead.

Requirement Five: Professional Statement
Obtain and submit a 1-2 Page Professional Statement in support of the application explaining what has led to your decision to become an educator.

Requirement Six: Online Background Check

Complete the Online Background Check KSU will ONLY accept Background Checks from www.CertifiedBackground.com. No other agency reports will be accepted. Once completed, KSU will access the completed report. You do not need to turn in any additional paperwork for this step.

For additional information about how Criminal Background Checks are done, visit the CEPP website: http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/centers/cepp/field-experiences/background-checks/

Requirement Seven: Professional Resume
Submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, if applicable, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities.

International Student Requirements
Please link to this page for additional admission requirements.

Submitting the application:
When you have obtained all additional materials above,
please submit all materials in ONE package to:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 9109
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Only completed application packets
will be considered for admissions


Last updated: Monday, March 16th, 2015

Return to MAT in Foreign Languages Home Page
Return to Department of Foreign Languages Home Page
Go to Bagwell College of Education Graduate Studies in Education Page