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Southern University School of Education

Earn your Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification for non-education degree graduates through this Southern University program.


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At a Glance:

Certification Areas:

Masters of Art in Teaching (Grades 1-5)



Timeline of Application (due dates, rolling, etc):
  • Fall: $25; April 15th - $10
  • Spring: $25; November 1st - $10
  • Summer: $25; March 30th - $10

About the Program

Program Values
  • The School of Education provides appropriate, intensive educational and field experience opportunities for teacher candidates and professional educators. The program also provides professional service and leadership to school systems within the region and state. The College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies (CoHIS) develops professionals who think critically and use best practices in diverse environments. CoHIS is committed to preparing students to become critically aware of political, social, economic, and educational institutions, and instilling within students the basic concepts of justice, truth, and beauty; an orderly process of thinking; and a hierarchy of values.
Program Features
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an innovative master's degree program that leads toward certification in elementary education. This program features an urban education and mentor leader focus, internships, action research, and the use of theory to inform educationally just practices, to create a diverse group of confident and competent teachers. The MAT program is appropriate only for individuals who do NOT hold teaching certification but interested in acquiring initial teacher certification at the elementary level and a master’s degree. The curriculum builds expertise from theory and inquiry to action, with challenging and rewarding coursework that is accented by full-time internships in school placement. Teacher candidates in the MAT program gain knowledge of fundamental teaching methods in instructional design, working with diverse groups and foundations of learning in order to better serve their own future students. The School of Education is a leading force in the world of education, and all the teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Program Schedule
  • The curriculum consists of 36 credit hours focusing on child development or psychology; the diverse learner; classroom management/organization; assessment; current research-based instructional design and instructional strategies; reading methodologies; methodology and teaching; and supervised internships.


The School of Education prepares diverse professionals who foster learning by utilizing technology and best practices in diverse educational and clinical environments.


To participate in this program, candidates must:

  • Possess a non-education baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university,
  • Have a 2.50 or higher grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale,
  • Pass the Praxis core academic skills for educators in reading, writing, and mathematics (individuals who already possess a graduate degree will be exempted from this requirement),
  • Pass the Praxis content-specific examinations (Elementary Education). If no examination has been adopted for Louisiana in the certification area, candidates must present a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework specific to the content area for admission to the program. The provider must develop a process to ensure that candidates demonstrate necessary performance skills in the all-level certification area,
  • Meet other non-course requirements established by the college/university.
Support for Candidates
  • CRIN 451: Internship II (Supervised Clinical Practice)
  • Participants gain advanced experience in planning, instructing and assessing learners in an educational setting with diverse learners and document evidence of their impact on learners. This course includes observation and collaboration with colleagues, mentor teachers and/or university supervisor.
  • CRIN 604: Urban Education Leadership (Mentor Teacher Ancillary Certificate Required Course)
  • This course provides practicing and potential urban educational leaders with knowledge of contemporary conditions and positive models for effective educational administrative designs, including alternative educational delivery systems. The course also leads toward the Mentor Teacher Ancillary Certificate.  The Louisiana mentor teacher assessment series will be administered through this course.  Candidates must pass all components of the teacher assessment series in order to receive the mentor teacher ancillary certificate.

Ready to Apply?

Apply online. The Application Packet includes the attachments for the Statement of Purpose and the Recommendation Form that you will need to provide to be considered for the program.

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Southern University School of Education

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Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, Southern University and A&M College
T. H. Harris Hall, Suite 1055
(225) 771-5390