Master of Arts in Teaching- Online

Master of Arts in Teaching

Each candidate for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must complete 30 semester hours of coursework. All candidates regardless of licensure level will complete the core courses. Candidates will select either the appropriate track and complete requirements for that track throughout the core coursework as required in individual courses and the final portfolio.

MAT Initial course (Required to be taken during first term by all MAT Candidates)

MAT 6003Teaching and Learning for Diverse Learners (fall, spring, summer I)

MAT Core Courses (Required)

MAT 5083Classroom and Group Management (fall, summer I)
MAT 5023Survey of Exceptional Individuals (fall, spring)
MAT 5013Classroom Assessment (fall, summer II)
MAT 6073Learning Theory (spring, summer II)
MAT 6013Methods in Education (spring, summer I)
MAT 5003Strategies for Content Area Reading (fall, summer I)

Licensure areas 4-8 and K-12/4-12

MAT 6083Teaching of Reading

Licensure area 7 – 12

MAT 6023Multimedia for Educators (spring, summer II)

Supervised Experience (choose 6 credit hours)

MAT 6033Internship I (first year of teaching)* (fall, spring)
MAT 6043Internship II (first year of teaching)* (fall, spring)


MAT 6053Student Teaching I ** (fall, spring)
MAT 6063Student Teaching II ** (fall, spring)

*Teacher candidates must have completed six (6) hours of coursework with a grade of C or above in order to apply for the provisional licensure in the specified content area and specified grade span prior to registration for Internship I MAT 6033 and Internship II MAT 6043.

** Any candidate that has completed the initial 24 hours of coursework and has not found a teaching position is eligible to student teach for 1 year and take Student Teaching I MAT 6053 and Student Teaching II MAT 6063. If you find a job after 1 semester of student teaching you will be placed in Internship II.

The following documentation must be housed in the teacher candidate’s licensure folder in the Office of Admission, Field Experience, and Licensure: official transcript, passing scores on all three parts of Praxis I or GRE score of Verbal Reasoning 142 or higher, Quantitative Reasoning 142 or higher, and Analytical Writing 3.5 or higher, passing scores on all required content area tests within the individual’s subject areas, results of fingerprinting by the FBI and the Arkansas State Police Department, completed application for provisional licensure, a letter of hire from the school district, and a mentor information form.

Program Admission Requirements (Must be completed PRIOR to taking courses):

  • Admission to the SAU graduate school. This can be done online at Admission to the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission to the MAT program. Candidate must reach MAT admission requirements in order for completed course work to count toward completion of the MAT degree.
  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with official transcripts from each college/university attended. Official transcript(s) that indicate an earned major in the desired field of teaching, to be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Field Experience, and Licensure. Candidates will need 30 hours in their content for the K-12/4-12 and 7 – 12 tracks.  For candidates choosing the 4-8 track 15 hours in two of the licensure areas is required.  It is possible to take undergraduate coursework while taking MAT coursework to correct any deficiency in the content area in order to attain the equivalency of a major in the content area.
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or above on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Passing scores on the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests in Reading(passing score = 156), Writing (passing score = 162) and Mathematics(passing score = 150), or GRE score of Verbal Reasoning 142 or higher, Quantitative Reasoning 142 or higher, and Analytical Writing 3.5 or higher. for complete information about the Praxis series of examinations. Visit for complete information about the GRE series of examinations.
  • Passing scores on Praxis II specialty area examinations, excluding the PLT and/or Pedagogy tests.  The PLT or Pedagogy test is required for graduation.
  • A successful criminal background check through  Please contact the program director on how to complete the background check.
  • An admissions application form completed and returned to the director of the program. Please contact the program director for the application form.

Teacher Education / College of Education

Hours Required: 30
Categories: Graduate
The Master of Arts in Teaching program at Southern Arkansas University is designed to enable career changes for those people who hold a baccalaureate degree in subject areas commonly taught at the elementary, middle, and secondary level, grades k-12. Candidates will be required to choose a track (middle, secondary, or K-12 licensure) prior to program start and must continue on that track throughout the program.The two-year program is comprised of 24 hours of graduate coursework, and six hours of internship. During the internship the individual is hired as a fully-employed teacher of record in a public school.

Contact Information

Dr. Neelie Dobbins
MAT, Director
Assistant Professor
P.O. Box 9369
Magnolia, AR 71754
Office: 870-235-4185
Fax: 870-235-5363

Licensure areas: 4-8(AR History Course Required)

  • Math
  • Science
  • Literacy
  • Social Studies

Licensure areas: K-12/4-12

  • Art
  • Music, Vocal and Instrumental
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Business Education (4-12 licensure only)

Licensure areas: 7-12

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business Education
  • Drama/Speech
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Math/Physics
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music, Vocal and Instrumental
  • Physical Science
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies (AR History Course Required)

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Program Contact

Dr. Neelie Dobbins
MAT, Director
Assistant Professor
P.O. Box 9369
Magnolia, AR 71754
Office: 870-235-4185
Fax: 870-235-5363

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