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Applying to MACSME

A strong candidate for MACSME should:

  • Possess a solid academic background in math or science with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • Have experience working with youth in educational settings, especially working with culturally diverse groups;
  • Display the personal characteristics of being flexible, organized, articulate, and confident;
  • Have a strong interest in teaching;
  • Take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), and the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Required Tests

Applicants to MACSME must pass two entrance examinations prior to admission*:

  1. The CSET subject exam(s) (3 subtests in math or 3 in science)
  2. The CBEST exam
  3. Optional exam:
    • The GRE General Test
    • Call 1-800-GRE-CALL to register

*We prefer to receive scores before the application deadline, although applications can be processed so long as a student has registered for the tests.

How to Apply

MACSME is a program in the Graduate School of Education. To apply, you must complete an application form from the Graduate School of Education. Please visit the GSE Admissions page for directions on completing the application.

Typical Admission Schedule

  • Application Deadline December 16th
  • Interviews: February/March
  • Admission Recommendations: by April 1st
  • Enrollment: late August

MACSME Supplemental Application Requirements

The MACSME admissions committee has two supplemental application requirements, due no later than Friday January 6 (please note that the regular application to the GSE must be submitted by Friday December 16):

  1. On a separate document, respond to the following questions: What is your definition of equity, and how do you think it will influence you as a teacher? Describe and analyze a situation that involved a dilemma related to equity, and how you worked to address it. (Limit: two page response.)
  2. Video: Submit a link to 1 to 4 minute video (shared from google drive or uploaded to a video sharing website) of yourself explaining or teaching something that is important to you.

Submissions for the MACSME Supplemental Application can be uploaded along with your GSE application, or can be sent directly to MACSME_info@berkeley.edu.