Master of Arts in Teaching: Admissions Requirements
The Department of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) requires an online application for its full-time, 48-credit hour Master of Arts in Teaching program. You will need a valid credit card and current email address in order to complete the form. Please review the following requirements carefully before submitting your application:
- The application deadline is January 15. No applications are accepted for the spring semester.
- There is a $90 nonrefundable application fee. The application fee is discounted by 50 percent through December 1.
- You must upload two 500- to 1,000-word statements of purpose: 1. An autobiographical statement describing formal and informal education in the arts; work experience in the arts; commitment to education, humanitarian, and/or arts advocacy; and artistic accomplishments. 2. A statement of career goals and reasons for applying to the program that describes your work or research, how you arrived at your current focus/body of work, and future directions for your work.
- In addition to your application, you must submit an ePortfolio. Your portfolio should include work that represents your area of highest achievement in an arts profession. For example, studio-based work accompanied by descriptions, creative or scholarly writing, or documentation of art education projects in schools, museums, or community-based settings.
- An interview is required for all applicants to the MA in Teaching program. Once your application has been received, the Art Education Department will contact you to schedule an interview.
- Prerequisites: Students must complete 33 semester credits of studio coursework prior to entering the program. Studio coursework may include courses in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, fiber, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, etc. The 33 semester credits should include 12 semester credits of upper division (junior, senior, or graduate-level) studio coursework.
- Students are required to pass the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency, have a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT Plus Writing, or have a score of 1030 or above on the SAT test before full admittance to the program. Students may be conditionally admitted to the teacher preparation program without a passing score on one of these tests. Conditionally admitted students are expected to complete any testing deficiencies during the first semester of the MAT program.
You also must submit an official college transcript and two letters of reference for admission into the program. You can ask your references to upload their letter to your online application or mail them directly to the school.
Transferring Between Graduate Programs
(For students who have applied to more than one graduate program, e.g., MA in Art Education and MA in Teaching.) Once you have accepted an offer of admission to a graduate program, you automatically decline acceptance to any other program(s). Requests to transfer from one graduate program to another will only be considered in exceptional cases. Transfer requests are subject to a transcript evaluation by the Program Director or Chair and available program space.
For more information on the application and admissions process, visit the graduate admissions website
Ready to apply? Complete your online application now.
Application Deadline: January 15
If you are ready to apply to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Arts in Teaching, you will need to build a portfolio, gather all of your application materials, and complete the electronic application. (Spring admissions are not accepted).
Completed Online Application
SAIC requires applicants to apply online. Filing an online application requires a valid credit card and a current email address. You may apply to up to three programs with one application and fee. If you are applying to either the MFA in Studio or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio you may select up to three departments of entry. Applications must be submitted prior to 11:00 p.m. (CST) on the appropriate deadline.
Start your application here: SAIC Graduate Application
Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.232.7242.
Nonrefundable Application Fee
When you click the "submit" button on your the Graduate Application form, you will be prompted to enter credit card information to pay the application fee. Your application form is not fully submitted until you have entered your credit card information. Under no circumstances will an application fee be waived or refunded. After you submit the application form you will be directed to a dashboard where you can begin working on your ePortfolio(s).
Application fee: $90
Application fees will be discounted by 50% through December 1.
Official College Transcripts
During the application process an unofficial transcript is acceptable for review pending an Admissions decision. Official transcripts are required upon admission. Include transcripts both official and unofficial from all universities/colleges from which a degree was obtained or prerequisites were fulfilled. You can attach unofficial transcripts as .pdf or .jpg files in the Educational History section of the application form. If you are in the process of completing a bachelor's degree when you apply, a transcript showing your first three years of study is acceptable.
Transcripts are considered official if sent directly from the degree- or credit-granting institution to the SAIC Graduate Admissions Office. Hard copy transcripts are considered official if the documents remain in the registrar's original signed and sealed envelopes.
Official transcripts can be sent both in digital and hard-copy format. Digital transcripts can be sent from the degree- or credit-granting institution to email@example.com. Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to:
SAIC Graduate Admissions
36 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603
Statements of Purpose
Applicants must submit two statements of 500-1,000 words each:
An autobiographical statement describing formal and informal education in the arts; work experience in the arts; commitment to education, humanitarian, and/or arts advocacy; and artistic accomplishments.
A statement of career goals and reasons for applying to the program.
Upload your statements of purpose to the Attachments section of your ePortfolio.
Letters of Recommendation
You are responsible for securing two letters of recommendation from persons who are qualified to write about your potential for success at SAIC. If you are currently a student or are a recent graduate, we recommend you request letters of recommendation from current or former instructors.
Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically via the References section of the application form. In this section you will be asked to provide an email address for each of your references. Once you click "send request," an email will be sent from SlideRoom to your references with instructions on how to submit their recommendations online.
If your references are unable to provide an online recommendation please contact the Graduate Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are required to submit an ePortfolio. You must submit a separate ePortfolio for each program or studio department to which you apply. After you pay the application fee and submit the application form, an ePortfolio for each of the programs you selected in the application form will automatically appear in your SlideRoom dashboard.
Submit a portfolio that represents your area of highest achievement in an arts profession. For example, studio-based work accompanied by descriptions; creative or scholarly writing; or documentation of art education projects in schools, museums, or community-based settings. A visual portfolio should consist of up to 20 images, or up to 10 minutes of time-based work, or a combination of the two in which one image is equivalent to approximately two minutes of time-based work.
- Images: .jpg, .gif, .pdf (up to 5 MB each)
- Videos: .flv, .wv, .mov (up to 60 MB each)
- Audio: .mp3 (up to 10 MB each)
- Text documents: MUST be in .pdf format (up to 10 MB each)
An interview is required. Candidates will be contacted by the Art Education department to schedule an interview.
International applicants are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency. You are waived from this requirement if you meet any of the following conditions:
- Your native language is English
- You have an undergraduate degree conferred by a U.S. accredited university
- You have an undergraduate degree conferred by a university whose primary language of instruction is English
If you do not meet one of these conditions, you must submit official English language proficiency test scores. You are strongly encouraged to schedule a language proficiency test appointment as early as possible in order to receive official test scores prior to the application deadline. SAIC accepts official scores from both Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL Institution Code for SAIC is 1713. Please upload an unofficial copy of your test score results to the International Requirements section of the application form.
Minimum Required Scores
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Official test scores that meet the minimum requirement must be received by the application deadline.
Transcripts are records of your studies that list the courses you completed, the grades received, and provide evidence of degree conferral. They may include grade sheets, exam results, final diplomas, degrees, or graduation certificates. Official copies are issued in the original language directly by your university. Copies must bear the official stamp or seal of the institution, as well as the signature of the appropriate official such as the dean, rector, registrar, controller of examinations, or office of teaching affairs. Photos, notarized copies, facsimiles, or email transmissions are not acceptable.
Official translations are expected for all educational documents issued in a language other than English. A translation agency or university language department should issue official translations typed on official stationary and the translator must attest proficiency in the original language and indicate their translations are accurate word-for-word.
A conferred four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent is required for admission to all graduate programs at SAIC. In addition, applicants must demonstrate through a transcript analysis that they have met the prerequisites necessary to satisfy State of Illinois K-12 art education certification, including completion of 33 semester credits of studio coursework prerequisites. Studio coursework may include courses in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, fibers, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture etc. These 33 semester credits should include 12 semester credits of upper division (junior, senior, or graduate-level) studio coursework.