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Frequently Asked Questions
Master of Art in Teaching (MAT)
*Updated May 2021 - SoE
What if I do not have a 3.0 GPA? Can I still get into the program?
A 3.0 GPA is an admission requirement for all non-MUW applicants who have earned a Bachelor's degree.
Can I get certified to teach Elementary Education (K-6) through the MUW MAT program?
No. The MUW MAT program is for licensure in 7th-12th grades.
Are scholarships available for this program? Are there any loan repayment programs for teachers?
Yes, for more information, go to:
School of Education information:
Can I teach in post-secondary or higher education with this degree?
Each institution has its own credential requirements for adjuncts, lecturers, instructors, and professors. Contact the institution of interest to determine the credential requirements.
Can I just take the ED 549 and ED 551 courses and get an educator license? Do I have to complete the whole program?
After successful completion of ED 549 and ED 551, MUW will recommend you for the 3-year non-renewable Mississippi Educator License.
Once you obtain this educator license, you then have three years to complete the six hours of internship, ED 697. Upon successful completion of the internship, MUW will recommend you for the Class A Standard 5-year Educator License. Otherwise, when the three years is expired, you will no longer be licensed to teach.
Can I just take ED 549 and ED 551 and the two sections of internship, ED 697, and get a license to teach?
Yes, you can. After you successfully complete the ED 549, ED 551 coursework and 6 hours of internship (ED 697), you may be recommended for your Class A Standard 5-year Mississippi Educator License. However, you must complete the entire degree program to upgrade the Class A to a Class AA Mississippi Educator License.
Do I have a Master's level educator license when I finish the MAT program?
Yes. Upon successful completion of the MAT degree program you are eligible for upgrade to a Class AA Mississippi Educator License.
How does the internship (ED 697) work? Do I get placed in a classroom? Is this like an internship where I work under a mentor teacher?
MUW does not identify an internship placement for MAT Candidates.
Once you obtain the 3-year non-renewable Mississippi Educator License, you are “licensed” to teach.
It is the responsibility of the MAT Candidate to search for and apply for a teaching position in an MDE approved school in a 7th-12th grade classroom in a subject area that is endorsed on your 3-year non-renewable Mississippi Educator License.
Once you have obtained a teaching contract with an MDE approved school, you will be able to take ED 697 (6 hours, taken as two separate courses in two separate semesters) and complete internship course requirements in your classroom.
As part of the internship course, your building administrator or designee agrees to be your mentor. The internship course instructor is the supervisor for the MAT internship experience.
Can I go ahead and start applying for jobs if I am currently in ED 549 and ED 551, but I anticipate passing and getting my three-year, non-renewable Mississippi Educator License as soon as grades are posted? If so, how do I apply without a license number for the applications?
Yes, you may start applying. If there is a place in the application to provide notes or comments, simply state that you will have your license at the end of the semester when grades are posted for your MAT courses.
In a cover letter to your application, briefly explain that you are in the MAT program and will have the 3-year non-renewable Mississippi Educator License at the end of the semester, indicating your content area. Many school districts are already familiar with this process.
How do I obtain a teaching position?
Conduct a job search like you would if you were looking for any job. Visit the websites of the districts and schools that interest you, bookmark their job posting websites, and visit them often to check for openings. If the option is available, sign-up for job alerts.
for a list of reported vacancies across the state and other employment opportunities. NOTE: Not all Mississippi school district post to the MDE website.
Have a professional resume and cover letter ready for quick submission with the application.
What if I teach a grade level below 7th? Or what if I teach 7th-12th grade, but not in my endorsed subject area?
To take ED 697 and complete internship hours, you must work in an MDE approved school in a 7th-12th grade classroom in a subject area that is endorsed on your three-year, non-renewable Mississippi Educator license. This is a licensure requirement of MDE and is non-negotiable.
Can I get endorsed in additional subject area(s) AFTER I get my educator license?
Yes. You can add additional endorsements to an educator license once you have taken 18+ hours in a subject area(s) or passed the Praxis II in the subject area(s) you wish to add.
Login to your ELMS account (which you create when you apply for your first educator license) and follow the online instructions. Information about adding endorsements can be found at https://www.mdek12.org/OEL/How-to-Add-an-Endorsement-to-your-license
If you currently have the three-year, non-renewable Mississippi Educator License, then you will be able to add those endorsements when you apply for your Class A, five-year Standard Mississippi Educator License.
Once you have a Class A or Class AA Mississippi Educator License, you can add endorsements as soon as you meet the requirements by logging into your ELMS account and following the instructions.
Can I teach in another state with the three-year, non-renewable Mississippi Educator License? What about the Class A and/or Class AA, five-year, Standard Mississippi Educator License?
Yes, you can do both. Each state has its own reciprocity guidelines. You will need to visit the state’s Department of Education website to find their allowance of and/or requirements for out-of-state educator licenses.