ULM's Master of Arts in Teaching
Graduate Degree Program
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, in all fifty states 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. (Click here for more about our success.)
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, a high-poverty or more affluent school, 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 a 36 hour accelerated program in as short as 14 months. (Click here for How It Works).
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 $5,000 extra over a three-year period. Continuing professional development is also available for both current and past interns. Interns will be able to access online resources very soon.