Our online alternative certification program is designed to train those who have earned
any bachelor's degree
in a content area outside the field of education to become teachers. We strive to be the most effective and accessible path for teacher certification in Louisiana and around the world!
We have been successfully helping those who are ready to change careers become teachers for 20 years and counting. Our graduates are in demand by school districts because they produce results! Louisiana's Department of Education has ranked ULM's M.A.T. graduates as highly effective in producing new teachers who raise student achievement and our program has garnered national attention.
ULM's M.A.T. will prepare you for work in diverse school settings. Whether you want to work in a rural setting or an urban setting. We train you to effectively meet the educational needs of today's students.
All of our classes are offered online in a streamlined program so you can complete your coursework anywhere, anytime and finish in as short as 14 months. The internship includes a field experience component and mandatory attendance to monthly professional development workshops. These workshops may be attended online.
The M.A.T. at ULM is affordable. ULM's tuition and fee structure is lower than most universities and offers value for your investment.
Successful program completers will qualify for a Louisiana teaching certificate. Graduates who work outside Louisiana will need to apply for a certificate in that state or country. Most teacher certification agencies offer reciprocity in granting certificates to students who earn certification in Louisiana. The process for acquiring a certificate in another state or country is typically quite simple.
By the start of the academic year, you can begin your first year as a teacher in a school in Louisiana and receive a first year teacher's salary. In the spring, you will continue your teaching career with ongoing scheduled university supervision and mentor support. We'll keep you informed of new job openings so you can secure employment while you complete your training. Students who work in some of our "high needs" school districts may be eligible to earn up to $3,000 extra over a three-year period. Continuing professional development is also available for both current and past interns.
US News and World Report ranked ULM in the Top Online Graduate Education Programs! ULM was the only institution from Louisiana to be recognized in all four categories; faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement and accreditation, and admissions selectivity.
ULM was recognized primarily for its Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. Read the full US News College Compass rankings
Why did Louisiana Public Broadcasting feature the Master's of Arts in Teaching Degree? View LPB's Video
Why is the New York Times talking about ULM's M.A.T.?(Click here to read their editorial)
Why did National Public Radio include ULM's M.A.T. in two recent nationally broadcast programs? (Listen here)
The University of Monroe and TEACH Project presents the Effective Professional Practice Symposium. We are pleased to have Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong present How to Be An Effective and Successful Teacher. The Wongs have spoken to over 1 million educators and are the authors of the bestselling book The First Days of School. In addition to their inspiring presentation, the conference will feature breakout sessions for administrators and teachers facilitated by award winning educators. For more information and to register, click here.