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Teaching, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 13 months
, TX,
The Master of Arts in Teaching Program has a two-fold purpose. First, it is designed for promising individuals with non-education bachelor degrees who want to become classroom teachers in elementary grades 4-6, secondary grades 7-12, or special education K-12. Second, it allows for individuals who are interested in teaching, but not seeking licensure to earn a graduate degree. 


Candidates progress through the MAT Program as part of a cohort, a design that will enhance the delivery of University support and promote collaboration in planning, implementation, and evaluation. The Mississippi Department of Education issues MAT Program licensure in the following areas: Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Elementary Education (grades 4-6), English, French, German, Home Economics, Marketing, Math, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, Special Education (grades K-12), Speech Communications, and Technology Education. 

Programme Structure

There are four programs of study to choose from, elementary track (33 hours), secondary track (30 hours), special education track (33 hours), and non-licensure track (30 hours).  All provide specialized knowledge for teaching areas.

  • Elementary Emphasis
  • Secondary Emphasis
  • Special Education Emphasis
  • Non-Licensure Emphasis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications will be accepted and reviewed in the spring of each year, with a new cohort beginning study each June/first summer session. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 13 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

In addition to submitting an official application to the Delta State University Office of Graduate Studies and meeting general admission requirements for the Graduate School, applicants must submit:
  • Official verification of completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regional, national, or international accredited institution; 
  • Official documentation of having passed the Core Academic Skills for Educators Examination;
  • Documentation of having passed the Praxis II Specialty Area test by making the score required by the Mississippi Department of Education
  • Three reference letters supporting the applicant’s character and teaching potential; 
  • A computer-generated essay of 250 words

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3369 USD per semester and a duration of 13 months.
  • National Applies to you

    6738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3369 USD per semester and a duration of 13 months.
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