Secondary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education (MAT-S; Alternate Route) degree program is available for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and now wish to pursue a career as a professional educator in the secondary classroom. Students can earn initial licensure (3 years) after completing 9 hours in the program and are then able to continue the program while employed as a secondary education teacher. Upon completion of the entire program, students can earn a 5 year AA license (master’s level). The MAT-S program offers synchronous online delivery for the working adult.

This represents an ideal time for enrollment in the MAT-S program, as school districts are always looking for caring, well-trained educators. Additionally, the Mississippi Legislature recently passed one of the largest teacher pay raises in recent history- which adds even more appeal to the education profession.

Concentrations in the MAT-S degree that lead to 7-12 licensure include biology, business, chemistry, English/Language Arts, math, physics, and social studies.

Concentrations that lead to K-12 licensure include art, music, and physical education.

* For a list of the requirements for admission, please contact Matt Blackwell at or by phone at 601-484-0133. Or one of the advisors below.


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Matthew Blackwell

Phone: 601-484-0133
Fax: 601-484-0280