Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education (Grades 1-5)
Department of Teaching and Learning
Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Education
Overview of the program
The Master of Arts in Teaching is an alternative program leading to Louisiana teaching certification in Grades 1-5. Students are admistted as a cohort each summer after meeting all program prerequisites. A strong emphasis is placed on relevant field experiences throughout the program. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and disposition needed to have a positive impact on student achievement in Grades 1-5.
Strengths of the program
- The Elementary Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- Course objectives and learner outcomes are aligned with the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching, The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Learned Societies, and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.
- The Faculty consists of highly qualified and caring individuals who are dedicated to producing the highest quality teachers.
- Hands-on experience, including 180 hours of field experience prior to teaching.
Preparing for a job in the program
Requisite skills for MAT 1-5 majors:
- Strong critical and analytical skills
- Strong communication and collaboration skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong behavior management skillss
Careers in the program
Elementary school teacher
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
Starting salaries for the degree range between $38,000-$48,000
Campus organizations and activities affiliated with the program
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Phi Delta Kappa
Related fields that might interest you
- Social Work
- Education Psychology
- Educational Technology
- Administrative Supervision
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
Qualities necessary to be successful in this field include: perseverance, empathy, flexibility, consistency, and an interest in teaching.
Necessary skills include: organizational skills, self-management skills, communication skills, and social skills.
Dr. Gwendolyn Autin, Graduate Coordinator
SLU Box 10749
Hammond, LA 70402
On Campus: Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 234H