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College of Arts, Education, & Sciences
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 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.
  4. 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



  Kacie Burns
  MAT Program Advisor