Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, an applicant must:

  1. Meet all university admission requirements.
  2. Possess a Bachelor's degree with a 2.75 cumulative GPA or a master's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited university.
  3. Achieve passing scores on the Praxis I PPST (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics). If the student scored 22 or higher on the ACT or earned a master's degree from an accredited university, these tests are waived.
  4. Achieve a passing score on the Praxis II elementary specialty examination.
  5. Have at least 1,350 points based on the formula of 200 times the undergraduate cumulative grade point average plus the General Test (Verbal and Quantitative) score of the Graduate Record examination for regular admission status.
  6. Verify a minimum of three years of successful work experience in an area related to the initial degree or in the field of education or in another service related area.
  7. Participate in a mandatory admissions interview.



A person desiring to become a teacher must maintain academic standards and demonstrate qualifications for successful teaching including satisfactory performance in field experiences. Therefore, the College of Education and Human Development at Southeastern Louisiana University reserves the right to recruit, admit, and retain in the Professional Program in Teacher Education only those students who show evidence of being capable of performing in an acceptable professional manner. Enrollment in the professional program does not guarantee that a student will receive the degree or certification sought simply because he/she completes a number of courses or is in the field the required number of hours.


Certification requirements are specified by the State Legislature and/or the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and coordinated by the State Department of Education. These requirements are subject to periodic modification, which may not occur at times appropriate for inclusion in the annual publication of the University catalogue. It is the responsibility of the students to make periodic checks for such changes with their academic advisers and/or department head.



To be considered for Full SARTE status to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, an applicant must:

  1. Meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School and to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program.
  2. Apply for Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) in the first course (MAT 610).
  3. Achieve a grade of "B" or better in MAT 610 (Fundamentals I: Teaching and Learning for General Education). MAT 610 must be repeated if the grade is lower than a "B."
  4. Not have been convicted of a felony.
  5. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 graduate GPA with no grade below “C” and not more than one “C” grade.


Ongoing screening of each student utilizing the standards of the Professional Program in Teacher Education will occur each semester of a student's enrollment.

  1. Students will be permitted to repeat only two MAT courses.
  2. Students will be permitted to enroll in any course only twice.


Students demonstrating behaviors or characteristics that make it questionable whether they can succeed in the teaching profession will be referred for a Professional Performance Review. A review may result in:

  1. No action being taken but further observations.
  2. Recommendation of a Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) monitored by the Coordinator of the Teacher Development Program.
  3. Referral to the SARTE Committee which may recommend:
    1. Probation with specified conditions.
    2. Temporary suspension from the MAT and the Teacher Education Program with specified conditions.
    3. Dismissal from the MAT Degree and the Teacher Education Program.