Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Online Program
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) online program is a 36 hour alternate certification program for candidates who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. Coursework focuses on providing the pedagogical knowledge and skills needed for secondary instruction to those with sufficient content knowledge. MAT candidates may apply for certification in any content area licensed by the state of Mississippi. After the initial summer training consisting of two courses, MAT candidates are certified to teach grades 7-12 (candidates can teach grades 5 and 6 if the school where they teach splits students into subject-specific courses. This possibility is dependent on the school district’s structure and policies).