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Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education


A potential candidate may be admitted into Dore' School of Graduate Studies with a 2.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale and a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. The GRE is NOT a requirement for the M.A.T. program. 

Once admitted to graduate school, the candidate will have to satisfy additional requirements to be formally admitted into the M.A.T. program. The requirements are listed in the EDUC 599 packet. 

Curriculum and Portals

Portal sequence printable version

Following are the approved concentration areas in the M.A.T. Secondary program at McNeese State University.  
A candidate may enroll in Portal I courses with a 2.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale, a bachelor's degree in an area other than education from an accredited university, and admission into the Dore' School of Graduate Studies. 

Portal II Requirements
  • GPA 3.0 or above on coursework in program
  • Satisfactory completion of EDUC 647
  • Autobiography and Graded Rubric 
  • Professional Conduct I form
  • Praxis I requirements can be satisfied in one of 4 ways:
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam
      • Reading #5712 (156) 
      • Writing #5722 (162) 
      • Mathematics #5732 (150)
    • ACT score of 22 or above
    • SAT combined Verbal and Math score of 1030 or above
    • Individual's who already possess a graduate degree are exempted from the Praxis I requirement
  • Praxis Content Requirement (
    • Each content area requires a specific exam, refer to Teach Louisiana to verify that you are registering for the correct exam as exams and requirements are subject to change
      • Agriculture Education #5701 (147)
      • Biology Education #5235 (150)
      • Business Education #5101 (154)
      • Chemistry Education #5245 (151)
      • Chinese #5665 (164)
      • English #5039 (168)
      • Environmental Science- 31 hours in the content area
      • French #5174 (157)
      • Latin- 31 hours in the content area
      • Mathematics #5161 (160)
      • Social Studies #5086 (160)
      • Spanish #5195 (157)

Portal III Requirements
Portal III consists of the two-semester internship or one-semester student teaching requirement. In order to enroll in either of these, the following must be achieved:
  • Passing score on the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades  7-12 #5624 (157)
  • Complete the Intern/PLT Packet in the Office of Student Teaching located in Farrar Hall 135
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on coursework in the program

Additional Information

Praxis Exams

Acceptable scores on all Praxis exams required for certification must be remitted prior to the clinical experience at the conclusion of the program. See Teach Louisiana for required exams and scores. When registering for exams, please ensure that the scores are sent to both McNeese State University and the Louisiana Department of Education. Please indicate your Social Security Number on all exams in order to track all of your scores with convenience.

Registration information for the Praxis exams.

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.

Questions about field experiences can be addressed to Dr. Faye White or Ms. Laura Fontenot.

Seminars and Meetings

If a candidate plans to student teach at the end of the program, there are several MANDATORY trainings and meetings that need to be attended. Each semester, the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services will provide specific dates for the following meetings and seminars:

Pre-Student Teaching Meetings- Meetings for candidates who intend to student teach the following semester.
  • Pre-Service #1
  • Pre-Service #2

Student Teaching Seminars- Meetings with candidates currently student teaching.
  • Seminar I
  • Seminar II
  • Seminar III
  • Seminar IV

E3 Technology Training
  • Day 1: Student Observers and Pre-student teachers
  • Day 2: Candidates currently student teaching
  • Day 2.5: Candidates currently student teaching

M.A.T. Candidates Planning to Intern
A candidate who is planning to do an internship instead of student teaching does not have to attend the above meetings as they have already been hired for a teaching position in a K-12 classroom. If the candidate would be interested in attending the E3 Technology Trainings, he/she can notify Dr. Faye White ( in the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services and arrangements can be made.

All candidates who plan to complete an internship need to pick up the internship packet from the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services (Farrar Hall 135) as soon as the position is confirmed. 

Comprehensive Exams

All Master of Arts in Teaching candidates must successfully past comprehensive exams during the last semester in the program. If a candidate is enrolled in Student Teaching, then the comprehensice exam is completed in that semester. If a candidate is enrolled in an internship, then the comprehensive exam is completed in the second semester of the internship.

The exam reflects the culmination of a candidate's graduate study experience. Within a couple of weeks into the semester, students who are in the last semester of internship or are enrolled in the student teaching semester will be notified of the Comprehensive Exam date for the semester. 

Comprehensive Exam Instructions and Questions. The questions are subject to change, so candidates are encouraged to check the link at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to take the exams. Also, confirm with the committee that you are addressing the correct questions for your responses.

Advisors for the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary, Grades 6-12

Dr. Neil Faulk
(v) 337.475.5403
Farrar Hall 324

Dr. Tracy Scott-McLemore
(v) 337.562.4194
Farrar Hall 105