Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Master of Arts in Teaching

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 four emphasis areas available, elementary education, secondary education, special 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.

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Notice: Spring 2018 comprehensive exams are scheduled for March 5, 2018. 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 3.0 GPA
  • Passing score on both the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) examination and the appropriate Praxis II

Additional Requirements

  • minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last degree earned
  • obtain admission to Delta State’s Graduate School
  • submit the MAT Portfolio to the coordinator, which includes three reference letters and an essay
  • 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

Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)

TEST NAME TEST CODE PASSING SCORE
Reading 5712 156
Writing 5722 162
Mathematics 5732 150

There are four programs of study to choose from, elementary track (33 hours), secondary track (30 hours), special education track (33 hours), and non-licensure track (30 hours).  All provide specialized knowledge for teaching areas.

Elementary Emphasis
Secondary Emphasis
Special Education 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 August 2010)

Subject — Praxis II Test Code

Art — 0134 or 5134
Biology — 0235 or 5235
Business — 0101 or 5101
Chemistry — 0245 or 5245
Elementary Education (4-6) — 5018
English — 5038
French — 5174
German — 5183
Home Economics — 0121 or 5121

Marketing — 0561
Math — 5161
Music — 5113
Physical Education — 0091 or 5091
Physics — 0265 or 5265
Social Studies — 0081 or 5081
Spanish — 5195
Speech Communications — 0221 or 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 October 16, 2017. 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. Corlis Snow
MAT Program Coordinator
csnow@deltastate.edu

Contact


Dr. Corlis Snow
MAT Program Coordinator
csnow@deltastate.edu
P: 205-655-4878
F: 662-846-4309

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
Interim Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership and Research
mvannamen@deltastate.edu
P: 662-846-4370
F: 662-846-4309