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Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program

Alternative Pathway to Certification

The policies outlined in this handbook are valid for all MAT students and are subject to change

College of Education and Human Development

SLU 10671

Hammond, LA 70402


For general information and updates:
For information about admissions and SARTE status contact:

Dr. Bill Neal

College of Education and Human Development

SLU 10671, Hammond, LA 70402

Assistant Dean and Coordinator Alternative Certification Program, Tel. 985-549-2311

Dr. Rossana Boyd

SLU 10671, Hammond, LA 70402

Coordinator Internet Alternative Certification Program,Tel. 985-549-5531

Maureen Lundergan, MAT Secretary

SLU 10671, Hammond, LA 70402, Tel. 985-549-5736
For authorization to enroll in Internet courses contact:

Dr. Paul Goodwin

Department of Teaching and Learning, Tel. 985-549-3422
For Information about courses and academic matters contact:

Dr. Shirley Jacob, Interim Head

Department of Teaching and Learning

SLU 10749

Hammond, LA 70402, Tel. 985-549-2221
For information about student teaching or internship contact:

Dr. Rebecca Day

The Office of Student Teaching

SLU 10818

Hammond, LA 70402, Tel. 985-549-2220


Contact Information 2

1. Introduction

1.1 Purpose 5

1.2 Requirements for Admissions 5

1.3 Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE)

Policies and Procedures 6

2. Admission to the Program

2.1 Admission Procedures 6

2.2 How To Apply for Admission 6

3. Courses in the MAT Program

3.1 Course Delivery 7

3.2 Procedures to Apply for Internet Courses 7

3.3 Courses for Concentration in Elementary (Grades 1-5) and Mil d/

Moderate Special Education 8

3.4. Courses for Concentration in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) 9

4. Advising 10

5. Student Portfolios in the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program 10

6. SARTE Status

6.1 Requirements for Full SARTE Status 10

6.2 Continuous Screening 10

6.3 Retention Procedures 10

6.4 Appeal Procedures 11

7. Policies

7.1 Policies for Speech and Hearing Screening 11

7.2 Policy for Interview Screening 12

8. Student Teaching and Internship

8.1 Student Teaching Semester 12

8.2 Requirements for Student Teaching 12

8.3 Internship Year 13

9. Requirements to Receive the MAT Degree 14

10. Requirements for Certification 14

11. General Information

11.1 How to Drop or Add Courses 15

11.2 Textbooks 15

11.3 Tuition Costs 15

11.4 Fees 16

11.5 Methods of Payment 16

12. Financial Aid and Scholarships

12.1 Financial Aid Federal Programs 16

12.2 Scholarship Information 16

12.3 Louisiana Teacher Tuition Exemption 16


APPENDIX A – MAT Checklist of Requirements 17

APPENDIX B – Praxis Exams and Passing Scores Required in the MAT Program 19

APPENDIX C – Application to Enroll in Internet Courses 23

APPENDIX D - Application for SARTE Form 25

APPENDIX E - Speech and Hearing Screening Form 27

APPENDIX F - Application for Admission to Candidacy for the MAT Degree Form 28

APPENDIX G –Course Descriptions 29

1. Introduction
The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Teaching and Learning offers teacher preparation programs that are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development provides admission and academic guidelines for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program. The MAT degree is a pathway to alternative certification for individuals from non-education backgrounds who hold an undergraduate or a graduate degree and who wish to transition into teaching.
The degree offers two concentrations; certification in elementary education grades 1-5 (add on in special education-mild/moderate) (39 hours) and certification in secondary education for grades 6-12 (36 hours) in the following specialty areas: Agriculture, biology and general science, business, ‘chemistry, physics, and general science,’ English, family and consumer sciences, French, German, industrial technology, Latin, mathematics, social studies, Spanish, and speech.
1.1 Purpose
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is to offer an alternative teacher certification pathway.
1.2 Requirements for Admissions
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 or the equivalent from a foreign institution.

  • Achieve passing scores on the Praxis I PPST (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics).

  • Achieve a passing score on the Praxis II subject matter specialty examination in the certification area being sought.

Elementary Education/Mild Moderate Special Education (Grades 1-5)

Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) in: Secondary Education (Grades 6-12), in the following areas of certification listed below: biology and general science, business, chemistry, physics, and general science, English, French, home economics, mathematics, social studies. Also, in agriculture, German, Latin, speech, and technology education, which require 31 hours of course work and current employment in the area of concentration.

1.3 Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) Policies and

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 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.

2. Admission to the Program
2.1 Admission Procedures
Students who have been admitted to the graduate school and to the MAT degree enter the program with Provisional SARTE status. Students must register for the first course required in the degree program, MAT 610 - Fundamentals I: Teaching and Learning for General Education and make application for Admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education and full SARTE status.
Students may enroll in the first nine hours of course work only during their first semester in the MAT program (MAT 610, MAT 615, MAT 620) while in Provisional SARTE status. The remaining courses in the MAT degree require full SARTE status by the end of their first semester.
Students who are unsuccessful at acquiring full SARTE status will be placed in non-degree (ND) status and will be ineligible to enroll in any MAT courses until full SARTE status is obtained.
2.2 How to Apply for Admissions
To apply for admissions submit the first four requirements to the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Praxis examinations passing scores to the College of Education and Human Development:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admissions to the MAT program. Specify area of concentration. The application may be submitted online at or mailed to the Office of Admissions to SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY, Office of Graduate Admissions, SLU 10752, Hammond, Louisiana 70402. For questions call Tel.: 985-549-5620 or 1-800-222-7358.

  • Check payable to Southeastern for non-refundable $20.00 application fee ($70 if late application). If paying by credit card, tuition may be paid by telephone, 1-800-222-7358, for first time SLU students. All other students may pay online through LEONET for students at, click on LEO icon.

  • Completed immunization form (Internet students sign waiver and mail) downloadable at

  • Two sets of official transcripts from all universities attended. Mail one set to the Office of Graduate Admissions, SLU 10752, Hammond, LA 70402 and mail the other set to the College of Education and Human Development, SLU 10761, Hammond, LA 70402.

  • Foreign transcripts translated in English must be evaluated by the Office of International Admissions. Call 1-800-222-SELU (7358) or by ACCRO, Tel. 202-293-9161, Fax: 202-872-8857. Taking additional undergraduate level courses may be required to meet the General Education Curriculum of Southeastern prior to admission to the MAT program.

  • Passing scores on Praxis I (PPST) reading, writing, and math examinations and Praxis II specialty area examinations (refer to Appendix B for passing scores). In the test booklet code Southeastern (# RA6656) as a test recipient, include your social security number, and if taking the tests outside of Louisiana include the code for the Louisiana Department of Education (#R7330). ETS will send official scores of Praxis taken in Louisiana to the Louisiana State Department of Education.

3. Courses in the MAT Program

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