Master of Arts in Teaching/MS Alternate Certification

Belhaven offers a challenging educational experience for aspiring teachers who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing professional educators who can provide distinctive Christian leadership and service in the classroom, the school, and the community. The goal of graduate teacher education is to prepare competent teachers who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to candidates, parents, and communities.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for candidates who have a non-education undergraduate degree. The Master of Arts in Teaching program outlines the licensure path for persons holding a baccalaureate degree who desire Mississippi Teacher Certification.

The State of Mississippi requires unlicensed degree holders who wish to be licensed to enroll in a M.A.T. program or another approved program. A qualified candidate must take EDU 501 (Measurements and Evaluation) and 506 (Classroom Management), plus pass the Praxis CORE and Praxis II to apply for a Mississippi three year provisional Class A license. After completing 1 year of teaching and while enrolled in two semesters of Internship/Mentor courses (EDU 502 and EDU 503), a candidate may apply for a Class A standard (5 year) license. EDU502 and EDU503 are part of a candidate’s first year of teaching and include four (4) Saturday seminar sessions during each of two semesters. If a candidate completes the MAT program, application for a Class AA standard license can be made.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS COURSE SCHEDULE

Course Delivery Formats

The Belhaven Graduate School of Education offers two course delivery formats which run for a period of eight consecutive weeks.

  • Hybrid Classes: Offered on the main campus in Jackson and at multiple, convenient locations around the state. All work is submitted and graded through the use of the online Canvas portal. Students have opportunities to meet on location with the professor three times during the course for face-to-face instruction, explanations, discussions and clarifications (week 1, week 4, and week 7)
  • Online Classes: All classes are offered online and work is submitted and graded through the online Canvas portal. Students have email and phone connections with their professors.

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. Both programs also foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.

For more information about these delivery systems and help in determining which system is best for you, please call the Adult and Graduate Student Services at: 601-968-8880. For questions for the School of Education, call 601-968-8703.

Curriculum Summary

Phases 1 and 2 as well as passing of Praxis Core and Praxis II Exams enables Mississippi candidates from either the Jackson or DeSoto campuses to become eligible for the Mississippi Alternative Certification initial three year license.

Course #Course NameCredits
PHASE 1-INTRODUCTORY
Required First Two Courses (MS Alternate Teacher Certification)
EDU 501 Measurement and Evaluation Strategies 3
EDU 506 Classroom Management and Organization 3
PHASE 2 – MENTORED INTERNSHIP
(Must be Employed as a Licensed Teacher)
EDU 502 Dimensions of Learning I 3
EDU 503 Dimensions of Learning II 3
Candidates admitted to the Alternative Teaching Certificate program are eligible for FULL ADMISSION as a candidate to the MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE PROGRAM upon successful completion of:  EDU 501, EDU 506 and having passed the PRAXIS CORE or ACT test with a composite score of 21 or higher (no sub-scores below 18) and Praxis II exams.
DEGREE PHASE 3 – CANDIDACY
(Phase 3 can begin before Phase 2)
EDU 602 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
EDU 622 Teaching Reading and Math Skills 3
NOTE:  If Praxis Core or ACT and Praxis II exams have not been passed, a candidate CANNOT progress to Phase 4.
PHASE 4 – FULLY ADMITTED FOR MASTER’S
EDU 610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
EDU 612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
EDU 621 Assessing Student Learning 3
EDU 628 Advanced Teaching Strategies 3
CAPSTONE COURSE 
(Prerequisite: a minimum of 21 program hours completed or 18 hours with EDU 503 in progress)
EDU 625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom
This courses includes writing a Comprehensive Paper
3

Admission Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is for candidates who hold non-educational undergraduate degrees and want to pursue the alternate route license at the graduate level (see steps to alternative teacher certification), or who currently hold an alternate license and desire a master's degree and standard certification. MAT graduates can teach in the elementary setting, grades 4 through 6, or in the secondary setting, grades 7 through 12.
Candidates must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on one of the following:

      • Cumulative from undergraduate/graduate degree granting institution or
      • Cumulative on last 60 hours of undergraduate work

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