Application. Applications will be accepted and reviewed in the spring (February 1 through April 30) of each year, with a new cohort beginning study each June.
Admission. In addition to submitting an official application to the Delta State University Office of Graduate Studies and meeting general admission requirements for Graduate School, applicants must submit a completed Master of Arts in Teaching Admission Portfolio that includes the following:
1. Official verification of completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
2. Official documentation of having passed the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or Computer-Based Test (C-PPST) by making the scores required by the Mississippi Department of Education on the subtests of reading, writing, and mathematics.
3. Documentation of having passed the Praxis II Specialty Area test by making the score required by the Mississippi Department of Education in the content area.
4. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 OR 2.75 GPA minimum on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
5. Three reference letters supporting the applicants character and teaching potential.
6. A handwritten or computer-generated essay of 250 words: Why I Have the Potential to Become and Effective Teacher.
7. Admitted students are required to enroll in 6 hours of initial coursework as specified by the program of study. (Prior approval is required). NOTE: A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for the first 6 hours and a minimum of 3.0 after the first 12 hours. A student who does not meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement will be removed from the program.