MAT Elementary Certification (1-5)


To address the shortage of teachers nationwide, Southeastern Louisiana University offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program as an alternative route to certification. This intensive full-time, five semester program will culminate in a Master of Arts in Teaching with certification in Grades 1-5. Students will be advised in additional certification endorsements.

Participants in the program are admitted as a cohort each summer. Coursework will begin with an intensive summer program followed by two semesters of full-time coursework and field placement in the University laboratory school under the mentorship of master teachers. A second summer of coursework and a semester of student teaching (2 semesters of internship) will complete the program.


Admission Requirements

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

  • Meet all university admission requirements that include submission of the following: an application for admission; a non-refundable fee to the Graduate Admissions Office prior to the established deadlines, an immunization form, and official copies of transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or a Master's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited university.

  • Achieve passing scores on the Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test:
    (Reading 176; Writing 175; Mathematics 175)

  • Achieve a passing score on the Praxis II Elementary Education Examination (#0014).

  • Score at least 520 based on the formula of (GPA x 87) + Verbal Graduate Record Examination and Quantitative Graduate Record Examination for regular admission status.

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of three years of successful work experience in a related career area.

  • Participate in a mandatory admissions interview.


Requirements for Degree

  • Candidates must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA with no grade below "C" and not more than one "C" grade on graduate work.

  • Candidates must earn a "B" or better in MAT 610.

  • Candidates will be permitted to enroll in or withdraw from any MAT course only twice.

  • Candidates will be permitted to repeat only two MAT courses.

  • Candidates must be recommended for the degree by the graduate coordinator after the satisfactory completion of 39 semester hours of graduate work for the concentration in elementary education for Grades 1-5.

  • Candidates must successfully complete an oral reflective defense of the program.

  • Candidates must pass all required PRAXIS examinations.


Application Deadlines

For admission consideration, the following items should be submitted to:

Dr. Gwendolyn Autin, Graduate Coordinator
SLU Box 10749
Hammond, LA 70402


  1. Completed application for the MAT program

  2. Transcripts to verify GPA and degree(s)

  3. GRE scores (Copies are acceptable for admission consideration.)

  4. PRAXIS I and Content Knowledge test scores (Copies are acceptable for admission consideration.)

  5. Resume with references to verify work experience(s)


More Questions?

View the Master of Arts in Teaching Handbook

Contact Dr. Gwen Autin, Graduate Coordinator
Tel: 985-549-5234.


Foreign Credentials 

Students with foreign credentials must have the equivalent of a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from the United States. You may choose to submit your credentials to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Office of International Education Services or World Education Services (WES). The applicant shall submit his/her credentials to AACRAO or WES for evaluation, at the following addresses:


One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite #520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
Phone: (202) 296-3359 FAX (202) 872-8857


Bowling Green Station
P. O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311 FAX: (212) 739-6100


The original evaluation from AACRAO  or WES on "Script Safe" paper must be submitted to the Southeastern Office of Graduate Admissions upon application to the university, and must include a course-by-course evaluation.


The evaluation of credentials by the Graduate Admissions Office must verify that the student has the equivalent of a United States college baccalaureate degree. The evaluation must also evaluate credits in terms of Southeastern equivalent courses, particularly in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The student must complete, with a 2.5 GPA, the General Education requirements for Louisiana teachers as specified in Bulletin 746 for the appropriate certification being taught. After General Education requirements are completed, the student may be admitted to the Alternate Certification Program.