Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a licensure option for students who wish to teach in a secondary content area while also earning a master’s degree. Southern Miss offers convenient schedules and academic preparation at a research-intensive university with a strong history of teacher preparation for more than 100 years.

  • 33 semester credit hours (15 hours required for licensure)
  • Admission three times per year but 9 hour licensure block in summer leads to initial licnesure. 
  • Upon successful completion of the 9 hour licensure block in summer, participants apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a three-year non-renewable alternate route license and seek employment in a Mississippi school district. 

Once employment/internship has been secured, the candidate will register for his/her last licensure classes - the Internship. Southern Miss faculty will make classroom visits during the year and support candidate growth. The student can apply through the Mississippi Department of Education for a five-year license at the end of the first full year of teaching and complete any remaining courses necessry for hiis or her degree.

 

Admissions Information 

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State of Mississippi mandated admission requirements include:

  1. Official transcripts indicating a Bachelor's degree from a regionally/nationally accredited institution with a major other than education.
  2. Passing Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators test results, ACT scores with a 21+ composite score, or SAT equivalent to a 21+ ACT score.  
  3. Passing Praxis II (Specialty Area) Test, from the USM-approved subject area list. 
    • Candidates will be required to secure a teaching position in the subject area that matches their Praxis II Test or an endorsed subject area. One cannot, for instance, pass the Praxis II in Chemistry and then take a position teaching English.
  4. Submit to a background check.

University of Southern Mississippi mandated admission requirements include: 

  1. A 2.75+ GPA on the last 60 credit hours of the Bachelor's degree
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation with the Graduate School application.
  3. Letter of Intent / Statement of Purpose written according to the guidelines provided within the Graduate School application.
  4. A subscription to the Tk20 Assessment System. Tk20 provides an electronic portfolio and storage system for students as well as tracks, stores, retrieves, and analyzes data for accreditation purposes. Subscriptions can be purchased here. Proof of purchase must be provided at first advisement meeting.

The GRE is not required.  

The application deadline for fall enrollment to the MAT program is August 15, 2018 by 5:00pm. Additional extensions will not be possible.  

 

Program Information

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The program is 33 semester credit hours. The 9 hour licensure block (CIS 603, CIS 570, and REF 632) that leads to initial licensure is offered only in the summer. Upon successful completion ("B" or better in each class) of the 9 hour licensure block, participants apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a 3-year non-renewable temporary license and seek employment in a Mississippi school that is accredited and has a new teacher induction program. Once employment/internship has been secured, the candidate will register for his/her last licensure classes, CIS 694 and CIS 794. Southern Miss faculty will make classroom visits during the year as well and support candidate growth. After successfully completing CIS 694 and CIS 794, the student can apply through the Mississippi Department of Education for a five-year license. Once all other coursework is successfully completed, the student will earn his/her degree. Students must submit the application for completion of the degree the semester before they plan to complete requirements for the degree. This includes a fee established by the graduate school.

Common Course Sequence

Summer          (9hours)Fall                    (9 hours)Spring                (9 hours)Summer             (6 hours)

CIS 570*

CIS 603*

REF 632*

CIS 694+

CIR 754

CIS 700

CIS 794+

REF 601

CIS 708

SPE 500

IT 645

 

* indicates course required for initial licensure;

+ indicates course required for standard licensure

 

Additional Information

  • USM approved licensure areas can be found here: About our Alternate Route Programs.
  • The Teacher Center at the Mississippi Department of Education may be of assistance in finding employment/internship.
  • MAT students are eligible for financial aid. MAT students may also be eligible for loan forgiveness and/or scholarships. The Mississippi Department of Education maintains a list of of these programs.
  • The test codes and minimum score requirements for Praxis CORE and Praxis II Subject Area Assessment can be found in the admissions checklist. Registration for these tests is done through ETS. Applications with incorrect or outdated test codes will be denied.
  • USM's alternate route programs lead to initial licensure in Mississippi. We do not guarantee to meet the licensure requirements of other states. You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state’s licensure requirements.
Contact for More Information:

Dr. Jay Howell, Program Coordinator & Faculty Member - Hattiesburg Campus
Phone: 601-266-6570
Email:  james.b.howell@usm.edu
 
Dr. Bridgette L. Davis, Faculty Member - Gulf Coast Campus
Phone: 228-214-3372