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Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education program is an alternative certification graduate program that leads to initial Louisiana teacher certification for grades 1-5. Courses are offered in evening, on weekends, in hybrid formats (blend of face-to-face and online), and online in full and compressed sessions during spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Review the curriculum.

Course Sequence

EDUC 599 packet


Admission to the Program


The Dore' School of Graduate Studies has sets general graduate admission criteria that are required in addition to program-specific requirements. Once a candidate is admitted to the institution, he/she will have to satisfy additional requirements to be admitted to the M.A.T. program. Those requirements are outlined in the requirements for EDUC 599, a gatekeeper course for which a candidate will receive a "passing" grade once all admission requirements are satisfied. The candidate's advisor will mentor the candidate through the program admission (i.e. EDUC 599) process.

In addition to general graduate admission requirements, the following must be completed/submitted to satisfy EDUC 599 requirements:

  • Acceptable scores on PRAXIS I, ACT, or SAT
  • Acceptable scores on PRAXIS II Speciality (content) Exam (See TeachLouisiana for required exams and scores.)


Comprehensive Exams


M.A.T. candidates must successfully past comprehensive exams at the conclusion of the program. The exam reflects the culmination of a candidate's graduate study experience.

Comprehensive Exam Instructions and Questions

Field Experiences


Field experiences are field-based activities completed in classroom or professional development settings and are required in most courses. All field experience instructions and forms are available on the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services' Field Experiences' page.

Field experience opportunities are available through the Calcasieu After-school Partnership (C.A.P.) program. Download the following documents for more information.
C.A.P. InfoSheet
C.A.P. Volunteer Disclosure Form


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Praxis Exams


GRE and certain Praxis scores are required for program admission. Acceptable scores on all Praxis exams required for certification must be remitted prior to the clinical experience at the conclusion of the program. See TeachLouisiana for required exams and scores.

Testing Locations and Registration

The Praxis II test is offered every test date at McNeese State University. The Praxis I (computer-based testing only) and GRE exams are offered daily by appointment at approved testing centers. The nearest to Lake Charles, LA, is Lamar University (Beaumont). Registration information for both paper- and computer-based GRE and Praxis exams is available on the GRE Web site and the Praxis Web site.

Preparing for the Exams

Practice booklets for Praxis I, Praxis II, and the GRE can be purchased from the McNeese Bookstore, online and local booksellers, and the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Others are on reserve in the Curriculum Materials Center (Farrar Hall 228).



Contact Information


Dr. Brett Welch
Director of Graduate Education Programs
bwelch@mcneese.edu
337.475.5405


Program Faculty


Dr. Gerald Calais
Dr. Neil Faulk
Dr. Yvette Garner
Dr. Michelle Haj-Broussard
Dr. Debbie King
Dr. Sandra Leder
Dr. Brett Welch