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Welcome and Mission

The Teachers Earning Alternative Certification Here (TEACH) Project is a federal, grant-funded transition to teaching program. It is designed support eligible participants in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program here at University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The MAT program is an online alternative certification and masters program which prepares candidates who have earned a 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! TEACH participants become fully certified teachers in Louisiana by completing this program.

The mission of TEACH is to increase the supply of highly-qualified, fully-certified teachers in high need or high poverty school systems in Louisiana. This goal is accomplished through an alternative certification program that is university-based, but which is offered in partnership with high-need area schools.

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Program Eligibility

To qualify for the MAT program, you must possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than teaching. For full admission requirements, please visit our admissions page.

Our Success

ULM's Master of Arts in Teaching program has been helping participants become teachers for over 20 years. Our graduates are in high demand by state school systems, and the Louisiana Department of Education has ranked our graduates as highly effective in raising student achievement. Both the MAT program and the TEACH program have garnered national attention.

Our Program is Effective and Flexible

Participating in the TEACH and MAT programs 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 as little as 14 months. However, the internship includes a field experience component and mandatory attendance at monthly professional development workshops. These workshops may be attended online.

We are Supportive of our Students and Graduates

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-need school systems and may be eligible to earn a stipend of up to $3,000 extra over a three-year period. Professional development is also available for both current students and graduates.

University Partners

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) is a partner university through our TEACH Project. At TAMUK, you may become a fully certified teacher in the state of Texas.


Program News

ULM students honored by national organization

ULM School of Education alumni Anthony Trombatore of Monroe and Kendra Slover of Vidalia were recently recognized by the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC). NAAC is a professional organization which advocates for standards-driven non-traditional educator preparation. Read more!

U.S. News & World Report ranked ULM in 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 U.S. News & World Report College Compass rankings.


Why did Louisiana Public Broadcasting feature the Master's of Arts in Teaching Degree? View LPB's video to see!

The New York Times is talking about our MAT program too: click here to read their editorial!

And National Public Radio included us in two recent, nationally-broadcast programs: listen here!


Professional Development Event August 3-4, 2015

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, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4, 2015. For more information contact Tiffany Jackson at (318) 342-1292 or tjackson@ulm.edu.

Registration deadline is Monday, July 27, 2015

Register online now.

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