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TEACH is a grant-funded project designed to assist eligible participants in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. TEACH is a federal Transition to Teaching project.

The mission of TEACH is to increase the supply of highly-qualified, fully-certified teachers in high needs or high-poverty school systems in Louisiana. Thus, the goal is also accomplished through an alternative certification program that is university-based and offered in partnership with area high-needs school system.

 TEACH participants become fully-certified in Louisiana by completing a Master’s of Arts in Teaching at ULM.



To qualify for the MAT program, one must possess a Bachelor’s Degree with a major other than teaching. Additionally, to qualify for the TEACH project, one must be a recent college graduate or seeking a second career.


Our online alternative certification program (Master’s of Arts in Teaching) 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!


Our MAT program and TEACH participants 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 systems because they produce results! The Louisiana Department of Education has ranked ULM’s MAT graduates are highly effective in producing new teachers who raise student achievement, and our MAT program and TEACH participants has garnered national attention.


The MAT program and TEACH 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 the MAT courses are offered online in a streamlined program, so you can complete your coursework anywhere, anytime and finish in a short as 14 months.The internship includes a filed experience component and mandatory attendance to monthly professional development workshops. These workshops may be attended online.



We’ll keep you informed of new job openings so you can secure employment while you complete your training. By the beginning of the academic year, you can start your first year as a teacher in a school in Louisiana and receive a first year teacher’s salary. TEACH participants work in some of our high-needs school systems and 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 MAT and TEACH students.



 With the TEACH project, Texas A & M University in Kingsville (TAMUK) is a partner university with the University of Louisiana at Monroe. At TAMUK, you may also become fully-certified in teaching in the state of Texas. Other benefits to TEACH participants are similar to those at ULM.


News & Bulletins

ULM students honored by national organization

University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Education alumni Anthony Trombatore of Monroe and Kendra Slover of Vidalia, were recently recognized by the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC). The NAAC is a professional organization which advocates for standards-driven nontraditional educator preparation. (Read more)


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)


Conference Coming up Aug. 3-4

The School of Education and TEACH Project present:




Effective Professional Practice Conference “Increasing Student Achievement through Classroom Management & Instructional Coaching” featuring Michelle Harris and Chelonnda Seroyer. 

Conference takes place on Monday, Aug. 3 & Tuesday, Aug.4, 2015. For more information Tiffany Jackson at (318) 342-1292 or tjackson@ulm.edu.

Registration deadline is Monday, July 27, 2015

Register online NOW!

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