Advanced Instructional Studies and Special Education

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.

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.