Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the . territories, or if they are . citizens attending high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted. Previous first-place winners and immediate relatives of directors or staff of the AFSA and Semester at Sea are not eligible to participate. Previous honorable mention recipients are eligible to enter. $2,500 to the writer of the winning essay, in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the . for the winner and his or her parents, and an all-expense paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea.
The Texas Examinations for Master Teachers or TExMaT is administered by the Texas State Board for the Educator Certification or SBEC and Educational Testing Service or ETS. It measures the aptitude and mastery on the specific subject matter of potential teachers. The test is given to potential teachers who need to earn a teaching certification and have at least three years of teaching experience. TExMaT test is consists of 4 testing examinations: the paper-based examinations, Master Mathematics Teacher or MMT, Master Reading Teacher or MRT and the Master Science Teacher or MST and the computer-based examination, Master Technology Teacher or MMT, which is a computer-based examination and is taken separately. The examinations contain a mixture of multiple choices and constructed-response questions. Learn more about the TExMaT examinations now!