Teachers College

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.

The program is designed and developed to allow a candidate with a bachelor's degree or higher an alternative route to teacher licensure in special education, elementary education, 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.

Evening, Online, and Weekend Classes

As a teacher of record, you will have a full time job. Because of this, we have structured the program to fit your schedule. Classes are taught in the evening, online, and on Saturdays.

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 passing scores for GRE or Praxis Core and Praxis II content area exams to the MAT Programs Admissions Link obtained from the MAT Coordinator, Dr. Wright.

    • GRE Verbal 145 or Praxis Core Reading 156

    • GRE Quantitative 145 or Praxis Core Math 150

    • GRE Writing 3.5 or Praxis Core Writing 162

  • Entrance Interview (held during summer MAT Orientation)

  • Employment as a teacher of record with a provisional license, special education paraprofessional, or placement in an internship setting

  • Completion of ADE background checks


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.


Dr. Charlotte White-Wright
Chair, Department of Advanced Instructional Studies and Special Education