Master of Arts in Teaching Grades 6 - 12

You can teach/earn an income while completing your masters' degree in one year

Program Purpose and Objectives

This program is a rigorous 15 month graduate program leading to a Louisiana teaching certificate in grades 6 – 12 and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Established in 1990, this program prepares teachers at the graduate level in grades 6 - 12 subjects (biology, chemistry, English, environmental science, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish).

Students take much of their course work in intimate subject-area cohorts. Upon enrolling in an MAT program, students will apply for a full-time teaching job with provisional licensure (PL3) or choose a traditional student teaching arrangement. You will be teaching full-time (and receiving a salary) during the fall and spring while completing your course work. For assistance in finding a full-time teaching position, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Professional Experiences.   

Secondary Grades Fifth Year Program

Students interested in this one-year, graduate-level teacher education program should contact Emily A. Dare, PhD with any questions. Apply through the Graduate School by May 1st. Coursework begins in late May. Applications are welcome after May 1st, but cannot be guaranteed consideration.

Eligible applicants should have:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Passing Praxis subject specific exam score

It is recommended that applicants hold a degree or have completed at least 30 hours of course work in the content area they wish to teach.

Applicants may include candidates with degrees, as well as seniors finishing their programs by the May prior to enrollment in the various academic areas. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the fifth-year teacher education program. Holmes Admissions Committees will select from among qualified applicants those students to be admitted into the subject-specific, fifth-year cohorts.

Course Requirements

EDCI 4460 Planning, Managing, and Evaluating School Instruction (3 credits)

EDCI 4800 Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (3 credits)

EDCI 7135 Techniques for Teaching Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 credits)

EDCI 4465 Seminar: Reflective Teaching in Secondary Subjects (3 credits)
EDCI 7460 Fall Practicum in Secondary Schools (9 credits)

EDCI 7461 Spring Practicum in Secondary Schools (9 credits)

ELECTIVE Graduate level elective that may be taken in summer 1 if student prefers

EDCI 7455 Foundations of Secondary Educational Theory, Policy & Practice (3 credits)

Other Requirements

  • The MAT Program in Curriculum and Instruction is 36 hours. All programs must be approved by the School of Education faculty advisor. Students must meet all teacher certification requirements before completing their graduate degree, including PRAXIS requirements.
  • Teacher candidates will be required to attend bi-weekly meetings as determined by their University Clinical Faculty Supervisor.
  • Passing scores on the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 test must be presented prior to graduation. It is recommended that this test be taken in the final semester of the program.

Teacher Education Disclosure

The Holmes MAT Secondary Education program meets the educational eligibility criteria for grades 6-12 certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, or Social Studies in the State of Louisiana. Graduates of this Louisiana state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Level 1 Professional Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact us to assist you in your career planning.

Procedures for filing appeals and complaints are accessed here.







Emily A. Dare, PhD
204A Peabody Hall