Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research
The MAT program is designed for those without a teaching degree who want to become teachers.
The alternate route program takes approximately 13 months to complete and leads to a master’s degree in teaching and Mississippi AA licensure.
The program runs from summer to summer and has three emphasis areas available, elementary education, secondary education, and non-licensure. Those who choose the non-licensure track are not required to present Praxis II scores for admission. They will complete the specified program of study and other program requirements but will not participate in Internships or apply for a teaching license at the end of the program.
Notice: Spring 2020 comprehensive exams are scheduled for March 2, 2020. Submit your Application for Comprehensive Examination to the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research via mail (DSU Box 3112, Cleveland, MS 38733) or by fax to 662-846-4309.
Applications will be accepted February 1 through April 30 (must include passing Praxis scores).
Minimum Admission Requirements (required by the Mississippi Department of Education)
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally/nationally accredited institution with a 2.75 GPA
- Passing score on both the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) examination and the appropriate Praxis II
- Passing score of at least 229 on the Foundations of Reading test for those pursuing the Elementary Education route
- minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on the last degree earned
- three reference letters supporting the applicant’s character and teaching potential
- computer-generated essay of 250 words: Why you want to teach and what you think you have to contribute to the field of education
- secure a teaching position for the fall and spring semesters, matching the Praxis II content area passed or any endorsement on your 3-year license
- obtain admission to Delta State’s Graduate School
Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)*
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There are three programs of study to choose from, elementary track (33 hours), secondary track (30 hours), and non-licensure track (30 hours). All provide specialized knowledge for teaching areas.
Praxis II Test
Praxis II scores will be used for admission into the program. The Praxis may also be taken/passed to teach a content area for which a degree was not earned.
List of Approved Praxis II Exams for MAT (Revised October 2019)
Subject — Praxis II Test Code
Art — 5134
Biology — 5235
Business — 5101
Chemistry — 5245
Elementary Education (4-6) — 5018
English — 5038
French — 5174
German — 5183
Home Economics — 5122
Marketing — 5561
Math — 5161
Music — 5113
Physical Education — 5091
Physics — 5265
Social Studies — 5081
Spanish — 5195
Speech Communications — 5221
How to Apply for Graduation
Use the online application process to apply for graduation at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Complete the process by going to the Registrar’s Office webpage.
Graduate students must have completed at least 18 earned credit hours (not including the current semester) in order to apply for graduation.
When is the next Comprehensive Examination?
Exams are scheduled for March 2, 2020. Submit your Application for Comprehensive Examination to the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research via mail (DSU Box 3112, Cleveland, MS 38733) or by fax to 662-846-4309.
Why is the GPA so important?
It is one indication of content knowledge.
How many hours does the MAT program require?
Secondary Track = 30 Hour
Elementary Track = 33 hours
Additional Questions? Contact:
Dr. Robin Acord
MAT Program Coordinator