Holmes MAT in Secondary Education

Degree:  Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Program Purpose and Objectives

The Secondary Holmes Program is a rigorous 12-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 secondary subjects (English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics).

Students take much of their course work in intimate subject-area cohorts. A first summer of study is followed by two semesters of course work, which include practicum experiences in carefully selected schools and completion of a teacher research project.  

Secondary Grades Fifth Year Program

Students interested in this one-year, graduate-level teacher education program should contact the Secondary Holmes Program Advisor at secondaryholmes@lsu.edu or the School of Education’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Assessment at gradsoe@lsu.edu. Completed materials for application to the fifth-year, subject-specific cohorts should be received in the School of Education’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Assessment on or before March 15 to be guaranteed consideration. Coursework begins in early June. Applications are welcome after that date, but cannot be guaranteed consideration. Application procedures assume prior admission to the LSU Graduate School.

Eligible applicants should have:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA
  • An acceptable GRE composite score
  • Passing PRAXIS I (or an official ACT/SAT score of 22/1030 or higher on file with LSU) & PRAXIS II specialty area test(s) scores

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 4450 Principles and Practices in Secondary Education
EDCI 4460 Planning, Managing, and Evaluating School Instruction
EDCI 7465 Seminar: The Teacher-Researcher in Secondary School Subjects

First student teaching seminar in August.  Individual cohort meetings will be held that afternoon.

3-day August Experience at Fall Teacher Placement

EDCI 4465 Seminar: Reflective Teaching, Secondary Subjects - weeks 1 - 3
EDCI 7460 Fall Practicum in Secondary / K-12 Schools - weeks 4 - 14
EDCI 7135 Techniques for Teaching Reading in the Middle and Secondary School (online course)
Action Research Updates - Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 PM

NOTE:  a graduate elective approval form signed by the faculty advisor must be completed and submitted to the Secondary Holmes Program Coordinator prior to the end of the fall semester.

January Experience

EDCI 7455 Foundations of Secondary / K-12 Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice
EDCI 7461 Spring Practicum in Secondary / K-12 Schools
EDCI 7475 Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education
ELECTIVE* Graduate-level Elective determined in consultation with major professor/advisor

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 PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (Grades 7-12) must be presented prior to graduation. It is recommended that this test be taken in the final semester of the program.

For questions or more information, please contact:
LSU Secondary Holmes Program
School of Education - Main Office
223 Peabody Hall