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The Master of Arts in Teaching Alternative Route Program (MAT) is designed for promising individuals with non-education bachelor degrees who want to become classroom teachers in elementary grades 4-8 and secondary grades 7-12. This degree program will allow candidates to obtain prerequisite pedagogical knowledge and skills leading to licensure and the master’s degree in education.

Candidates progress through the MAT program as part of a cohort, a design that will enhance the delivery of University support and promote collaboration in planning, implementation, and evaluation. The cohort program takes approximately 15 months and runs from summer to summer.

The Mississippi Department of Education issues MAT Program licensure in the following areas: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Elementary Education (grades 4-8), English, French, German, Home Economics, Marketing, Math, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, Speech Communications, and Technology Education.