The MAT Alternate Route program is designed to lead individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field to teacher licensure in the state of Mississippi. Through thorough coursework and seminars, students become familiar with education terminology, state standards, effective lesson planning, classroom management, and more to meet the needs of diverse learners. The MAT provides three unique tracks: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12).

Program Overview


The Alternate Route portion of the program (required for obtaining a standard Mississippi teaching license) is 12 hours, including 6 hours of initial coursework and 6 hours of internship. Completion of the MAT is an additional 18 or 21 hours depending on chosen track.

Delivery Method

The two initial courses are taught either face-to-face or virtually each term. Face-to-face meetings are held at night to accommodate working students and are offered at William Carey’s Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. This delivery method is designed to provide those from non-education backgrounds with the much needed one-on-one time with the instructor, as well as able opportunities for collaboration with other students entering the field of education. The remainder of the MAT courses beyond internship are offered online.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

Prospective students must:

Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

Complete an online application & pay application fee

Submit official copies of all transcripts to Graduate Admissions via eScript or mailed from the institution

Provide two recommendations from past or current supervisors

Provide documentation of ACT composite score of 21 or passing score on PRAXIS Core

Provide documentation of passing score on PRAXIS II in the area candidate desires to teach

Career Outlooks

Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for Class A teaching licensure in the state of Mississippi and will be qualified to teach in one of three tracks (chosen during program participation): Elementary Education (Grades 4-6), Secondary Education (Specific Discipline 7-12), or Special Education (Mild-Moderate Disabilities K-12).


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