Tougaloo College’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a graduate degree program designed for individuals holding bachelor’s degrees in academic majors other than education. It is designed purposely for those students who have 30 hours or more in a specific concentration in their undergraduate degrees and wish to become certified in teaching at the elementary, middle, or high school levels. Our MAT program prepares highly qualified professionals and recent graduates to become teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the challenges of today’s diverse classrooms.

Tougaloo College offers MAT programs in the following teaching fields:

  • Elementary Education (grades 4-6)
  • Secondary Education (grades 7-12)
  • English/Language Arts
  • History/Social Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Admission Information

The priority deadline for applications to the MAT programs is April 1st.  Application reviews will begin in April and all applications will be considered until the pre-Teaching Summer program is full.

MAT applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Elementary Education  (grades 4-6) –program requires a bachelor’s degree with completion of at least 12 credits each in English, mathematics, science, and social science, with six credits in fine arts or
  • Secondary Education (grades 7-12) –program requires a bachelor’s degree with 30 credits in a single discipline (content) area (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics)
  • Minimum grade point of average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Passing scores on PRAXIS Core and Specialty Area exams

Application Procedure

All information and forms must be received by the Office of the Registrar and the Division of Education by the appropriate deadline to be guaranteed consideration for upcoming academic year admission. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be sure all information is received.

All applicants whose files are completed by the appropriate deadline will be reviewed and considered for unconditional admission status. All applicants will be notified by letter as to their acceptance or non-acceptance into the program. Late applicants may be considered if there are openings.

Limited financial aid resources are available to our graduate students. Student loans, available through the Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) program, and may be awarded if you are accepted into the program. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the campus Financial Aid Office at (601) 977-6164 early (i.e. before March) for information about these loans and other aid possibilities (i.e. grants and scholarships).

Official Transcripts

Send one official copy of transcripts from each college and university you have attended to the Office of the Registrar, regardless of whether you received a degree.

Office of the Registrar
Blackmon Building, Room 108
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, Mississippi 39174-9799
601-977-4459 – Office
601-977-4501 – Fax

Graduate Application

Send the following materials to:

MAT Program
Division of Education, Supervision & Instruction
Tougaloo College
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174-9799

  1. Complete College Application for Graduate Admission at

    There is a nonrefundable fee of $50.00 (International candidates ($65.00) made payable to Tougaloo College. Fees should be remitted by cashier’s check or money order payable to Tougaloo College. This fee is nonrefundable, regardless of the admission decision. Former candidates must also submit the application; however, they are not required to submit the application fee.

  2. Personal Statement
    • Written personal statement that includes your motivation for becoming a teacher and how your current academic qualifications and work experiences have prepared you for a career in teaching; applicant should elaborate on experiences working with children and/or adolescents, the importance of helping diverse students to be successful in school, and the applicant’s personal strengths, including the ability to work collaboratively with others. (1200-1500 words)

  3. A CV or professional resume


  4. Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation.
    • At least one letter should come from faculty instructor who know the quality of your academic work and can make relevant comments on your likely success in a graduate program.
    • Letters must be sent directly from the recommender or received in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature over the seal.
  5. Passing scores at the state required level on the Praxis 1 CORE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) test and the Praxis 2 Specialty Area test must be taken in one of these areas:
    • Elementary Education (4-6) – 5014/0014
    • Secondary Education (7-12)
      • English – 5041/0041
      • Biology – 0235
      • Chemistry – 0245
      • Mathematics – 5061/0061
      • Physics – 0265
      • Social Studies – 5081/0081
  6. Satisfactory completion of an interview

Requirements for Degree (33-36 units)

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is divided into three phases: Pre-Teaching, Teaching, and Post-Teaching phases. The pre-Teaching (foundations) phase occurs during the pre-Teaching Summer Program, prior to teaching in the classroom candidatescomplete an intensive semester in:

  • EDU 502: Theories of Classroom Management &Practice(3) and
  • EDU 505: Assessment &Evaluation in Teaching and Learning(3)

Successful candidates completing the required pre-teaching (foundations) coursework,and testing requirements may proceed to the next phase: Teaching. The Teaching (Internship) phase comprise of two semesters, candidates must (1) enroll in EDU 596: Clinical Teaching Internship and Seminar, (2) secure an approved position as a full-time teacher with a public accredited school district in an elementary, middle, or high school classroom, and (3)apply to Mississippi Department of Education Office of Educator Licensure for a three-year provisional Class A license with test scores, transcript, and recommendation from Tougaloo College. This license is valid for three years and non-renewal.

Throughout the Teaching phase, candidates work as full-time paid teachers in their own classroom, with support from mentor teachers and a supervising faculty member and attend graduate school as a cohort on Saturdays for their Internship &Teaching Seminar session.

The final (Post-Teaching)phase is completing 21 additional hours in graduate coursework in late afternoon and evening to earn the Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a Class AA standard license.


All Candidates

  • EDU 500: Foundations of Modern Educational Practices (3)
  • EDU 506: Exceptional Learners: Development and Cultural Characteristics (3), and
  • EDU 559: Teaching with Technology (3)

Elementary Education Candidates

  • EDU 513: Reading, Writing and Language Arts in Elementary Schools (3)
  • EDU 516: Social Studies and Creative Arts in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • EDU 554: Science and Mathematics Methods in Elementary Education (3)
  • EDU 557: Elementary Education Curriculum and Instruction Designs and Strategies (3)

Secondary Education Candidates

  • EDU 515: Reading Instruction and Assessment across the Content Area (3)
  • EDU 561: Teaching Methods and Practicum Analysis in the Secondary Classroom (3)
  • EDU 563/4: Unit Planning in Action (3-6)
  • JSU Transfer credits: Master (500-level) Content Area Courses (6)

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Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Holmes Hall #1
(601) 977-7744