The purpose of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is to offer a Master’s Degree level alternative teacher certification pathway.


Requirements for Admission to the MAT Program

To be considered for the Master of Arts in Teaching an applicant must:

  1. Meet all University admissions requirements for graduate school.
  2. Possess a Bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited university. In the case of a cumulative GPA that is 2.5-2.74, when the candidate interviews for admission to the program, the GPA will be addressed in the interview. A decision about the potential for success in the program will be determined.
  3. Candidates who do not have an ACT composite score of 22 or higher, an SAT composite score of 1030 or higher, or a Master’s degree must demonstrate competency in core content areas, as required by the Louisiana State Department of Education, by achieving a passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Education exam.
  4. Achieve a passing score on PRAXIS II in the content area in which the candidate is seeking certification. There is no PRAXIS II exam in Computer Science; therefore, 31 hours of computer science courses are required.
  5. Vocal or Instrumental Music: those seeking admission to the MAT program in these areas must have at least a bachelor’s degree in the content area. Those who do not have a degree in the content area must meet with the head of the Department of Music and Performing Arts for additional course work.
  6. Complete an interview with the Graduate Coordinator leading to a positive endorsement for suitability as a teacher. The interview will include discussion of teacher dispositions, experiences with preK-12 children, other work experience, and a writing sample. 

Please consult your advisor for the sequence of coursework.


Courses in MAT Program - Special Education Early Intervention: Birth - 5

Classroom Readiness Training

ECE 601 3 hours
SPED 682 3 hours
SPED 689 3 hours
SPED 680 3 hours
SPED 688 3 hours


Methodology and Teaching

SPED 683 3 hours
SPED 685 3 hours
MAT 631 3 hours


Reading Courses

EDUC 657 3 hours
EDUC 677 3 hours
EDUC 678 3 hours


Student teachers take SPED 690 and 699.
Interns take two consecutive semesters of SPED 693.
                                                 6 hours


Program Total - 39 hours


Please consult your advisor for the sequence of coursework.

Courses in MAT Program - Elementary Education Grades 1-5

Classroom Readiness Training

EPSY 603 3 hours
EPSY 605 3 hours
MAT 630 3 hours
MAT 631 3 hours
SPED 600 3 hours


Methodology and Teaching

EDUC 651 3 hours
EDUC 654 3 hours
EDUC 678 3 hours
EDUC 679 3 hours


Reading Courses

EDUC 657 3 hours
EDUC 664 3 hours


Student teachers take MAT 682 and 692.
Interns take two consecutive semesters of MAT 688.
                                                6 hours


Program Total - 39 hours 

Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) Policies
Procedures Applicable to the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

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 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.


SARTE Status

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

  • Meet all requirements for admission to Graduate Studies and to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program.
  • Achieve a grade of B or better in EPSY 603, SPED 663, or SPED 682 as appropriate to the program in which the candidate is enrolled, and apply for Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) status during the course. The SARTE admissions course must be repeated if the grade is lower than a B.
  • 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.

Students demonstrating inappropriate behaviors or dispositions for being successful in the teaching profession will be referred for a Professional Performance Review.  A review may result in:

  • No actions being taken but further observations.
  • Recommendation of a Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) monitored by the Coordinator of the Teacher Development program.
  • Referral tothe SARTE Committee which may recommend:
    • Probation with specified conditions.
    • Temporary suspension from the MAT and the Teacher Education Program with specified conditions.
    • Expulsion from the MAT degree and the Teacher Education Program.



Teacher Certification

Students wishing to become employed while working on certification may apply for a Practitioner License. Practitioner Licenses are issued for one school year, renewed annually and held a maximum of three years while the holder completes an approved alternate program.

For a Practitioner License 1 (PL1) applicants must be admitted to and remain enrolled in a State-approved Practitioner Teacher Program, and fulfill all coursework, teaching assignments, and prescribed activities as identified by the University. Please contact the Office of Teacher Clinical Practice and Residency.

Requirements beyond the Master’s Degree may be necessary if the student is deficient in certification requisites. Other certification areas may be added the MAT certification area with further coursework. Students desiring to pursue add-on certifications should consult with their faculty advisor or Department Head for requirements.



As part of the College of Education focus on performance-based outcomes, portfolios will be incorporated into the assessment system for students enrolled in an approved Teacher Education Program.

The portfolio will allow the students to demonstrate, through reflections, their understanding of how the artifacts contained in the portfolio meet the program outcomes; provide a process by which a student can become a reflective practitioner to foster continuous improvement; and document a student’s growth in the program. The portfolio will consist of artifacts, documents, and evidence which demonstrate that the student has met the requirements for knowledge, skills, and dispositions described by the program indicators for teaching observations and professional dispositions that meet the state requirements for initial certification. Students will submit a Proficiency Level Portfolio as a prerequisite for the student teaching residency or internship year. Successful completion of the Residency 1 and Residency 2 Level Portfolios and oral defense are required for graduation. 


Requirement for Student Teaching Residency

The State Department of Education regulations for certification of teachers require that students do their student teaching residency under the control and supervision of the institution from which they expect to be graduated. To be eligible for student teaching residency, students must:

  • Make application for student teaching one semester prior to the semester during which they plan to do their student teaching. The Director of Clinical Practice and Residency will assign the grade or subject, and the supervising teachers under whom the student will work.
  • Have completed at least 21 hours of program coursework within Southeastern’s College of Education.
  • Pass the required PRAXIS examinations: appropriate to the content area in which certification is being sought.
  • Pass the Proficiency Level Portfolio.
  • Have full SARTE status.
  • Have approval of the Director of Clinical Practice and Residency.


Student Teaching Residency Semesters

The student teacher resident will follow the school district’s calendar and will report to the school in the summer when teachers arrive for the school year (or December for the spring student teacher resident). This will be prior to the first day of class on the University academic calendar. The student teacher resident reports at the designated time for school district teachers each day, and he/she will remain at the school for 80% of the instructional time for the first semester. Student teaching residency for the second semester is 100% of the instructional time, and the student teacher resident will remain at the school until regular dismissal of teaching personnel. 

The student teacher resident will be assigned to complete his/her student teaching residency away from the campus community; therefore, student teacher residents must expect that they may be asked to make arrangements to be away from the campus for part of the time during their first semester and full time during their second semester of their residency. The Director of Clinical Practice and Residency will make the assignments for each student teacher resident.

The student teacher resident may take other classes with their residency during the first semester. The MAT-level student teacher resident may schedule only one course with the second semester of residency. Any course scheduled in addition to second semester of student teaching residency must not conflict with their full time participation in the school. The hours involved in second semester student teaching residency will be approximately 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (i.e., whatever are the school hours for the residency school), Monday through Friday.

In order to remain in the student teaching residency, the student teacher resident is expected to meet and maintain desirable professional, physical, and moral standards consistent with their positions in the public schools. The student teacher resident must also demonstrate proficiency in instruction, management, and planning.

A student teacher resident who fails or is directed to withdraw from student teaching residency must complete a Professional Improvement Plan (Monitored by the Coordinator of the Teacher Development Program) prior to a second student teaching residency experience. A student may not attempt a student teaching residency a third time.


Internship Year

An internship may be approved in lieu of the student teaching residency. An internship consists of two consecutive semesters of teaching at an approved school site at the appropriate grade level and in the area of certification. Internships must be completed in a school approved by Southeastern. Principals at participating schools must sign an Internship Agreement with Southeastern.

To qualify for an internship, a student must meet all of the requirements for the Student Teaching Residency, and provide:

  • Verification that all prerequisites have been met the semester prior to the internship.
  • Verification that all required parts of the PRAXIS have been successfully passed.
  • Written recommendation from all of the candidates’ methods instructors and a rating using the Professional Dispositions Assessment Rubric.
  • Completed application for MAT internship.
  • Verification that the school has a state approved classification.
  • Verification that the school is accredited by the regional accrediting agency.
  • Verification that the principal/assistant principal has certification in Principalship and training in supervision.
  • Verification that the principal/assistant principal has served in this role for a minimum of three years.
  • Signed Principal/Assistant Principal Internship Agreement form.
  • Verification that a mentor teacher, who has taught a minimum of three years in the area of the intern’s certification, will be assigned by the principal/assistant principal to assist the intern.
  • Verification of minimum class size in the area of certification.
  • Evidence of cultural diversity within the school population.
  • A copy of the signed Internship Agreement form.
  • A copy of the contract or employee agreement after the internship has been approved.
  • A copy of the teaching schedule (Grades 1-5)signed by the principal/assistant principal.

Note: The candidate is responsible for submitting the above documents the semester prior to beginning the internship. A complete packet should be submitted rather than item by item.  Authorization to register for an internship will not be granted until all documents have been submitted.


Requirements to Receive the MAT Degree

To receive the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, a student must:

  • Be recommended for the degree by the department’s graduate coordinator upon completion of all requirements stated in the degree plan.
  • Satisfactorily complete 39 hours of graduate work for the MAT program in which the candidate is enrolled.
  • Satisfactorily complete an oral defense.