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Master of Arts in Teaching

Degree - Master of Arts in Teaching

Concentrations: Elementary Education and Secondary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program, commonly referred to as the Alternate Route Program, is designed for students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who are not eligible for teacher licensure. The MAT program is also designed to meet teacher licensure requirements at the graduate level in the State of Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Education requires unlicensed degree holders who are interested in the teaching field to enroll in the MAT program or other alternate route programs. The two Concentrations are structured to give students experience in achieving learning outcomes that will prepare them to teach elementary students or a specialized area at the secondary level.

Admission Requirements:

Students applying for entrance to the Master of Arts in Teaching are required to submit an application for admission, Apply Online (www.alcorn.edu/academics/graduate-studies), Core Academic Skills for Educators (C.A.S.E.), Praxis II in the Content Area, two letters of recommendation, and official transcript from an accredited school (if a student has attended more than one school, transcripts must be submitted from all schools attended). At least one transcript must document the student has a bachelor’s degree.

Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials by the Department of Education and Psychology admission committee. The department uses an admission formula to accept students. The entire application packet, including all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Graduate School.

Standardized Tests:

Core Academic Skills for Educators (C.A.S.E)., sometimes referred to as Praxis Core, Praxis II test in the Content Area. Students are advised to check the Mississippi Department of Education website for the appropriate subject area test code.

Program requirements:

Elementary Education - The curriculum requires 33 credit hours of coursework: six hours of Pre-Teaching Required Courses, six credit hours of required courses during the first year of teaching, six credit hours of Internship, 12 hours of Core Courses for AA licensure, and nine hours of coursework on the secondary track (three hours must be taken in a specialized content area at the secondary level).

Secondary Education – The curriculum requires 33 credit hours of coursework: six hours of Pre-Teaching Required Courses, six credit hours of required courses during the first year of teaching, six credit hours of Internship, 12 hours of Core Courses for AA licensure, and nine hours of coursework on the elementary track.

Students must enroll and complete ED 521 and ED 527, then apply for a three-year Provisional Class A license. After completing teaching internships ED 583 and ED 584, the student can apply for a Class A standard license (five years). If a student completes the MAT program, he/she can then apply for a Class AA standard license.

Academic Track:

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Elementary Education must pass a Core Examination and Area Examination to exit.

Master Degree Audit:

Before candidacy for graduation can be confirmed, each student progression to degree completion will be evaluated to determine if student has met all academic requirements for course work and other aspects of the student’s course of study and Graduate School requirements. When these requirements are met, the student is cleared for graduation.

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Tabitha Smith ▪ 601.877.4097 ▪ tabitha@alcorn.edu