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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. Have an undergrad true GPA of 2.2 and an adjusted GPA of at least 2.5.  If you are unsure what your adjusted GPA is, the MAT Program staff can assist you in this calculation.   
  2. Take the GRE and achieve a minimum combined score of 283 on the GRE (143 Verbal + 138 Quantitative).  Achieve a minimum formula score of 707.50 (GPA x GRE)
  3. Apply to the ULM Graduate School.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Download and complete the MAT application.  
  7. 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.
  8. Complete an interview with MAT program faculty and staff.


Program Structure:


Program Perks




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



  Morgan Fitch 
  MAT Program Advisor