Alternate Route Certification

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is one of Mississippi’s four approved Alternate Route Programs that lead to teacher certification.   If you already have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university but did not complete a teacher education program that included student teaching, you can still be a teacher in Mississippi.

MAT has the following components:

  • Testing
  • coursework
  • One-year teaching internship

These are the steps you need to take for alternate route certification:

1. Decide what subject and age level you want to teach. This decision will help you choose which alternate route program will work for you.

2. All programs require testing:

  • Praxis CASE (Reading, Writing and Math basic skills test)
  • Praxis II: Subject Area test in the area you want to teach.
  • The program offers specific subject areas. (Click here for Praxis Test Information)

3. You need to choose an alternate route program. Many candidates choose a
program based on these criteria:

  • geographical location of the program
  • subject areas offered
  • cost and time commitment
  • internship requirements
  • grade level
  • your personal academic skills and professional background

4. Once you have successfully completed your testing you must enroll in the MAT program and complete the coursework required. You will then be ready for your initial alternate license  and internship.

5. The internship is your first year of teaching.  Mentoring will be provided during the internship. You will be paid based on your bachelor’s degree status as a first year teacher.  The internship period will be provisional based upon successful completion of the school year.

6. Upon completion of the internship, you are ready to apply for your five-year standard teaching license.

Note: There is no alternate route for Elementary K-3. You must complete an approved program in Elementary Education K-3 to earn that license.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to the Division of Graduate Studies
  • Complete MAT application
  • Passing Scores on Praxis CORE and Praxis II Examinations
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Interview and Writing Prompt

 

 MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION-ALTERNATE ROUTE PROGRAMS  (Click to Read)