Master of Arts in Teaching

Do you have a bachelor's degree and want to make an impact in the classroom? Henderson State University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) can help you earn your Arkansas standard teaching license while earning a master's degree and increasing your earning potential as a teacher.

The MAT program is a 36-hour degree emphasizing pedagogy, methodology, classroom management, human growth and development and needs of exceptional children. 

It is designed and developed to allow a candidate with a bachelor's degree or higher an alternative route to teacher licensure in middle level or secondary education. The field-based program focuses on areas exhibited in the four domains of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching.

The candidate is employed as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship while completing class work and requirements necessary for a standard Arkansas teaching license.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete Graduate School Application and be admitted To the Graduate School
  • Submit original sealed transcripts for all undergraduate work
  • Submit passing scores for Praxis Core and Praxis II content area
    • GRE scores may be substituted for Praxis Core if the applicant holds a Master’s Degree and meets the Arkansas cut score(s) upon making application to the program.
      • GRE Verbal (taken 2012 or after) 142
      • GRE Quantitative (taken 2012 or after) 142
      • GRE Analytical Writing (taken 2012 or after) 3.5
  • Entrance Interview
  • Complete background checks
  • Employment as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship

Faculty

MAT Faculty will challenge, encourage, and support candidates throughout their academic journey and first years of teaching. Faculty members are or have been licensed teachers.

Income and demand

The National Education Association estimates that educators with a master's degree can earn as much as $64,883. In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that teaching jobs will grow by 6 percent through 2024 because of growth in student enrollment.

Classes

Courses include:

  • Strategies for the Middle School
  • Classroom Management
  • Field Experience 
  • Advanced Instruction Methods and Procedures
  • Assessment and Educational Measurement
  • Advanced Child and Adolescent Development
  • Educational Law for Teachers
  • Technology and Curriculum
  • Characteristics of Children with Exceptional Needs
  • Advanced Methods of Instructing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Other courses

Related information

Contact

Master of Arts in Teaching Program
MAT Coordinator
1100 Henderson Street, HSU Box 7770
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
870-230-5160
mat@hsu.edu