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School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education

The MAT program is an online alternative certification and masters program, which prepares mid-career changers, or recent graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a content area outside the field of education to fulfill their dream of becoming a teacher.  The program also collaborates and partners with K-12 districts throughout the state to supply them with highly qualified, certified teachers in high-need areas.


Dual Certification is available with the Elementary Inclusive program:

Qualifications to Enter the MAT Program:

In order to be admitted to the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (or a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework) on a 4.0 scale will qualify for regular admission status.
    Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 - 2.74 (or a GPA of 2.75 - 2.9 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework) on a 4.0 scale will qualify for conditional admission status.
  2. Apply to the ULM Graduate School.
  3. Pass all parts of the CORE PRAXIS I test (Math, Reading, Writing) OR have an ACT score of at least 22 to waive this test OR have a Master’s degree in any subject.
  4. Pass required PRAXIS content exams.  Visit www.ets.org to register.  It is recommended that you verify your PRAXIS test code with a member of the MAT Program staff first.
  5. Complete at least 20 hours of classroom observation and submit a log and a written narrative of your observations.  If you have teaching experience, or experience as an aid or substitute AND can provide verification of this, this requirement can be waived. 

Program Structure:


Program Perks




  Tiffany F. Jackson, M.Ed.
  Instructor, Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Methods
  MAT Program Coordinator



  Morgan Fitch 
  MAT Program Advisor