Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Master of Arts in Teaching

The MAT program is a fully online program for individuals who wish to pursue a career in teaching.  The program is designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than teaching.  To be admitted in the program, candidates should have a 2.75 GPA on all undergraduate coursework, passing scores on the required Praxis exams, and a bachelor’s degree.  To apply for the program, candidates should complete the online graduate admissions application on the DSU website.

There are two tracks for the program: elementary (grades 4-6) and secondary (grades 7-12).  Candidates should choose the track based on what they want to teach.  MAT candidates must secure a teaching position before beginning the internship.  The internship consists of two semesters (fall and spring).

Praxis requirements are still in effect for elementary majors.  These include:
Praxis Core (reading, writing, and math), Praxis Specialty Area for Elementary Education, and Praxis Foundations of Reading
**An ACT composite score of 21 or higher or an SAT score of 1060 or higher will substitute for the Praxis Core reading and math.  Praxis Core writing is required for all.

Secondary majors are exempt from all Praxis exams with 18 hours of coursework (C or higher) obtained in the subject area they will teach.

If candidates have not passed the Praxis exams upon admission to the MAT program, they may be admitted as a non-licensure student.  Completing the program through this route does not lead to teacher certification – only a master’s degree.  Students must have passing scores on the required Praxis exams in order to switch to the licensure route and to complete the internships.

A teaching position must be secured for completion of the Internships.

Tuition and fees and financial aid information may be obtained at www.deltastate.edu.


Notice: Spring 2021 comprehensive exams are scheduled for March 8, 2021. Applications for the comprehensive exam can be submitted electronically or by paper form to the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research, 1003 W. Sunflower Rd, 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

Additional Requirements

  • 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)*

Reading 5713 156
Writing 5723 162
Mathematics 5733 130

*Effective 9/1/2019

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.

Elementary Emphasis
Secondary Emphasis
Non-Licensure Emphasis

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

These resources provide further information on the Praxis exams:

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 8, 2021. Applications can be submitted electronically or by paper form to the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research, 1003 W. Sunflower Rd, 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


Dr. Robin Acord
P: 662-846-4385

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership & Research
P: 662-846-4370