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Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching program at Mississippi Valley State University works hard to develop academically rigorous programs that produce educators and school leaders who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers. The MVSU M.A.T program is designed to develop your understanding of best practices in the classroom. You’ll engage in critical and innovative thinking to consistently base decisions on research and reflection. Additionally, you will advance your knowledge through active learning, problem-solving, and exploration.


For admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program, applicants must:

  1.  *Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  2.  *Have left the last college or university attended in good standing;
  3. Present evidence, by official transcript, of a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (University) or 2.75 (Mississippi Department of Education) on all undergraduate study on a 4.0 GPA system;
  4. Present Praxis Core (Professional Skills Test - PPST) scores which meet Mississippi Certification requirements for all subjects;
  5. Present PRAXIS Subject Assessments Area scores which meet Mississippi Certification requirements in the content area required;
  6. Applicants must Submit three letters of recommendation which include: A. Professional qualifications B. Potential for success as a classroom teacher C. Potential for program completion.
  7. Applicants must also:
  • Demonstrate writing ability. All applicants are required to submit a two-page (minimum), computer-generated self-created essay on their philosophy of education and why they wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree.

Note: *These must be on file to qualify for conditional admission. Applicants are responsible for securing their own transcripts, even from Mississippi Valley State University.

An applicant who meets all admission requirements specified above is granted full admission. Conditional admission may be assigned to students who either (1) have not fulfilled one or more admission requirements, or (2) do not possess a GPA of 2.75 at the undergraduate level (on a 4.0 scale), but meet other criteria for full admission. Students can earn full admission in the first semester of full-time enrollment or in the first 12 hours of part-time enrollment (1) by supplying any missing credentials and (2) by acquiring a GPA of 3.0 on all graduate work within the first 12 hours as well as a “B” average in the courses prescribed to correct deficiencies.