CATALOG MENU

Master of Arts – Teaching

REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

Program Admission
Admission to Graduate Studies does not imply admission to MAT programs. Applicants who have met all requirements for admission to Graduate Studies but who have not met degree program admission requirements are classified as non-degree seeking. While so classified, students may not earn more than nine semester hours to be applied later toward a MAT degree. While a student is in non-degree seeking status, no credits earned with less than a B grade will be applied toward the MAT degree.

Admission to the MAT program requires applicants to:

  • Submit completed program application.
  • Submit three recommendations.
  • Possess and submit a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have obtained a minimum 2.5000 GPA on the first baccalaureate degree according to official transcript OR complete a satisfactory interview with program emphasis area faculty.
  • Have obtained and submitted successful completion of PPST OR Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis exams: (1) Reading, (2) Writing, and (3) Mathematics OR obtained a minimum 22 composite score on the ACT.
  • Successful completion of Praxis II Content Exam in the area of desired certification.
  • Undergo a criminal background check; specific programs may require additional criminal background checks after matriculation.  All background check(s) will be performed by the College’s designated provider and paid for by the student.
  • Submit acceptable GRE scores. An applicant with significant and meaningful experience and a strong academic background may request that the GRE be waived as a requirement for admission. The request for the waiver shall be submitted in writing to the Graduate Coordinator and the Dean of the College and clearly state the basis for the waiver. A current resume shall accompany the request. A final decision will be made by the Graduate Program Committee. Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement should submit acceptable scores on the GRE (verbal plus quantitative). A minimum score of 335 is required on the formula: GPA on the last 60 undergraduate hours times 20, plus the GRE General Test score. Acceptable scores must be submitted within the first semester of entering a Master’s Program.

Program Requirements
The program leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree requires 33 to 42 semester hours; depending upon the option selested and desired certification area. Every candidate must complete at least one-half of the work for the degree in courses open only to graduate students, and must earn an overall average of B or better with not more than six semester hours with the grade of C (2.0).

The degree is offered in six curriculum areas with one or more concentrations in each. A candidate must follow the prescribed curriculum in the sequence indicated in order to progress to the master’s degree. A candidate must complete the foundations core, apply for and be accepted for candidacy before being permitted to enroll in the Advanced Concentration Coursework unless approved by the Department Head and the Dean.

All components of this program must be completed in six years or less.

No more than nine (9) semester hours will be accepted from another university.

A person eligible to enter the program must apply for admission and be registered in classes at Nicholls State University in order to obtain a prescription.

ONLY the courses listed provide credit toward initial teacher certification.

Residency

To enter residency, a candidate must pass the appropriate Praxis PLT Exam for certification area and maintain a 2.5 GPA. A candidate must successfully complete all coursework, unless given permission by the Dean of Education and Behavioral Sciences, before being permitted to enroll in residency.

Candidates must have secured school district employment as a lead teacher within the intended certification area.

Candidates must successfully complete two semesters (one academic year) of residency in the area they are seeking certification. 

*Residency requirements CANNOT be waived.

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE – ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Foundation Courses
PSYC 516 (3)- The Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
EDCI 506 (3)- Foundations of Educational Assessment
EDCI 513 (3)- Advanced Classroom Management
*EDUC 441 (3)- Multicultural Education for Teachers
*EDUC 421 (3)- Current Practices and Strategies in Teaching
Professional Courses
EDCI 560 (3)- The teaching of Reading: Developmental
EDCI 561 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Content Area
EDCI 562 (3)- Analysis of Reading Difficulties
EDCI 582 (3)- Advanced Methods in Teaching Elementary School Language Arts
EDCI 583 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics
EDCI 547 (3)- Instructional Intervention Strategies
*EDUC 451 (3)- Residency in Teaching I
*EDUC 452 (3)- Residency in Teaching II

MASTERS OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE – ELEMENTARY ED AND
SPECIAL EDUCATION MILD/MODERATE GRADES 1-5

Foundation Courses
EDCI 512 (3)- Exceptional Children
EDUC 422 (3)- Vocational and Transitional Education Services Across the Lifespan
EDCI 536 (3)- Advanced Methods of Teaching Basic Subjects for Students with Learning Disabilities
EDCI 560 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Developmental
PSYC 516 (3)- The Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
Professional Courses
EDCI 547 (3)- Instructional Intervention Strategies
EDCI 557 (3)- Behavioral Intervention Strategies
EDCI 554 (3)- Precision Assessment and Diagnostic/Prescriptive Strategies
EDCI 563 (3)- Clinical Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
EDCI 529 (3)- Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis and Correction
EDCI 581 (3)- Advanced Methods in Teaching Elementary Education Science and Social Studies
*EDUC 451 (3)- Residency in Teaching I
*EDUC 452 (3)- Residency in Teaching II
EDFR 594 (0)- Master’s Comprehensive Portfolio

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE  – MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION

Foundations Courses
EDCI 503 (3)- K-12 Curriculum Studies
EDCI 513 (3)- Advanced Classroom Management
PSYC 516 (3)- The Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
*EDUC 441 (3)- Multicultural Education for Teachers
*EDUC 421 (3)- Current Practices and Strategies in Teaching
Professional Courses
EDCI 506 (3)- Foundations of Educational Assessment
EDCI 560 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Developmental
EDCI 561 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Content Areas
EDCI 547 (3)- Instructional Intervention Strategies
*EDUC 451 (3)- Residency in Teaching I
*EDUC 452 (3)- Residency in Teaching II
Six hours in one of the concentrations below:
EDCI 583 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics
EDCI 589 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Mathematics
or
EDCI 584 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Elementary School Science
EDCI 588 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Science
or
EDCI 582 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Elementary School English Lanauge Arts
EDCI 590 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School English
or
EDCI 585 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Elementary School Social Studies
EDCI 587 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Social Studies

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE – SECONDARY EDUCATION

Foundations Courses
EDCI 503 (3)- K-12 Curriculum Studies
EDCI 513 (3)- Advanced Classroom Management
PSYC 516 (3)- The Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
*EDUC 441 (3)- Multicultural Education for Teachers
*EDUC 421 (3)- Current Practices and Strategies in Teaching
Professional Courses
EDCI 506 (3)- Foundations of Educational Assessment
EDCI 547 (3)- Instructional Intervention Strategies
EDCI 561 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Content Areas
EDCI 587 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Social Studies
or
EDCI 588 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Science
or
EDCI 589 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Mathematics
or
EDCI 590 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School English
EDFR 501 (3)- Educational Research
*EDUC 451 (3)- Residency in Teaching I
*EDUC 452 (3)- Residency in Teaching II

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE – SECONDARY EDUCATION
AND SPECIAL EDUCATION MILD/MODERATE GRADES 6-12

Foundations Courses
EDCI 512 (3)- Exceptional Children
EDUC 422 (3)- Vocational and Transitional Education Services Across the Lifespan
EDCI 536 (3)- Advanced Methods of Teaching Basic Subjects for Students with Learning Disabilities
EDCI 560 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Developmental
PSYC 516 (3)- The Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
Professional Courses
EDCI 547 (3)- Instructional Intervention Strategies
EDCI 557 (3)- Behavioral Intervention Strategies
EDCI 554 (3)- Precision Assessment and Diagnostic/Prescriptive Strategies
EDCI 563 (3)- Clinical analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
EDCI 529 (3)- Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis and Correction
EDCI 586 (3)- Advanced Methods in Teaching Secondary Education Subjects
AND one of the following depending on area of certification:
EDCI 587 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Social Studies OR
EDCI 588 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Science OR
EDCI 589 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School Mathematics OR
EDCI 590 (3)- Advanced Methods of Instruction in Secondary School English
*EDUC 451 (3)- Residency in Teaching I
*EDUC 452 (3)- Residency in Teaching II
EDFR 594 (0)- Master’s Comprehensive Portfolio

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE – HUMAN PERFORMANCE EDUCATION

Foundations Courses
EDCI 503 (3)- K-12 Curriculum Studies
EDCI 513 (3)- Advanced Classroom Management
PSYC 516 (3)- The Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
*EDUC 441 (3)- Multicultural Education for Teachers
*EDUC 421 (3)- Current Practices and Strategies in Teaching
Professional Courses
EDCI 506 (3)- Foundations of Educational Assessment
EDCI 510 (3)- Advanced Methods of Physical Education
EDCI 514 (3)- Science of Physical Education
EDCI 561 (3)- The Teaching of Reading: Content Areas
*EDUC 451 (3)- Residency in Teaching I
*EDUC 452 (3)- Residency in Teaching II