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Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education

An alternate teaching preparation program leads to certification as a teacher for non-education graduates. Candidates must have a mnimum of a bachelor's degree for entry into an alternative initial certification program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education is an intensive path that results in a master's degree as well as teacher certification for grades 6-12 in the designated subject area. Courses are offered in evenings, hybrid formats (blend of face-to-face and online), and online in full and compressed sessions during spring, summer, and fall semesters.


Admission into the M.A.T. SEC program


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. Once the requirements are met, the Director of GEP will approve the EDUC 599 packet and will issue a permit for registration in the EDUC 599 "course". This is a zero credit course the candidate will register for to indicate official acceptance into the M.A.T. SEC program and for permission to enroll into Portal II courses. Advisors are available and assigned to mentor the candidate through the admission and portal process.


Curriculum and Portal Sequences


Following are the approved concentration areas in the M.A.T. Secondary program at McNeese State University and links to the program in the current MSU Catalog:  

Here is also a printable version of the course requirements and portal sequence. The information below will provide additional materials pertaining to the portals, praxis exam requirements, EDUC 599 packet, and intern/student teaching. 

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 I Courses
PORTAL 1 COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE SEMESTER/FORMAT FIELD
EXPERIENCE HOURS
EDLD
600
Research I: Foundations of Educational Research None Spring, Summer, Fall/ Web
EDTC
602
Design and Development of Multimedia for Instruction None Fall, Spring/Web 10
EDUC
647
Educational Foundations None Fall, Summer/Hybrid 10
PSYC
634
Adolescent Growth and Development None Fall/Hybrid


The following requirements for the EDUC 599 packet must be met prior to enrolling in Portal II courses.

Please click on the following link to review, print, and complete the packet: EDUC 599. Upon completion of the packet, an advisor will review the information and the packet is then submitted to the Office of Graduate Education Programs in Farrar 240.

Below is a list of the MAJOR components of the EDUC 599 packet. Please refer to http://www.mcneese.edu/stpes/teacher_education_admissions for a complete packet and listing of all 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 II courses
PORTAL II COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITES SEMESTER/FORMAT FIELD
EXPERIENCE HOURS
EDUC 
525
Classroom Management and Organization in Secondary Schools EDUC 599 Fall, Spring/Face-to-Face 20
EDUC
624
Reading in the Content Area
EDUC 599
Spring/Web 10
EDUC
635
Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education EDUC 599 Summer/Hybrid 20
EDUC
640
Pedagogies of Assessment and Intervention for Reluctant Learners EDUC 599 Summer/Web 15
EDUC
654
Problems in Measurement and Evaluation EDUC 599 Summer/Hybrid 10
EDUC
678*
Seminar Strategies in Teaching EDUC 599 Fall/Web 20
*Candidates with a Business Education Concentration take OSBC 565: Methods of Teaching Secondary Business Subjects instead of EDUC 678


The following requirements must be met prior to enrolling in the Portal III course.

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

Portal III Courses
*Candidate will enroll in only ONE of the following options.
PORTAL III COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITES SEMESTER/FORMAT
EDUC
683
MAT Clinical Experience All courses in program and testing requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in student teaching. Students may be allowed to enroll in one course during first semester of internship if all other requirements are met. Permission is granted at the professional discretion of the Director of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services.  Spring, Fall/one semester of 6 credit hours registered
EDUC
685
Internship All courses in the program and testing requirements must be completed prior to enrollin in the  Internship. Students may be allowed to enroll in one course during first semester of internship if all other requirements are met. Permission is granted at the professional discretion of the Director of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services. Students registering for the internship must have a position teaching in the area in which they are obtaining initial certification.  Spring, Fall/ two semesters of 3 credit hours registered



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IMPORTANT TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE PROGRAM:


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 is available on the Praxis Web site.


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 (vfwhite@mcneese.edu) or Ms. Laura Fontenot (lfontenot@mcneese.edu) in the Office of Student Teaching and Professional Education Services.


Seminars and Meetings

M.A.T. Candidates Planning to Student Teach
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 (vfwhite@mcneese.edu) 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. The date is normally just after mid-term and is on a Saturday. The comprehensive exam time is typically set for three hours. Candidates are not allowed to bring in any notes, books, or other assistance when completing the exam.

Each candidate will be assigned a committee of faculty members who will grade the responses on the exam. The committee chair will then inform the candidate if any clarifications are needed or relay the decision of the committee on whether or not the candidate has passed the exam. A rubric will also be provided to the candidate indicating scores on the examination.

The following link contains the current 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.


Completing an Application for Degree

All candidates are required to complete an Application for Degree during the first week of the semester in which graduation is expected. The Application for Degree should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education Programs during the first week of courses. 


Additional Notes

  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below ‘C’ and not more than 6 credit hours of ‘C’ work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of ‘B’ or better may be applied toward the degree.




Advisors for the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary, Grades 7-12

Dr. Neil Faulk
(v) 337.475.5403
Farrar Hall 324
nfaulk@mcneese.edu

Dr. Tracy Scott-McLemore
(v) 337.562.4194
Farrar Hall 105
tmclemore@mcneese.edu