May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Inclusive Elementary Education MAT


The Inclusive Elementary Education MAT is a 33-hour fully online program designed for those who wish to become classroom teachers at the elementary level and who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education. This program is designed to be completed in one year and includes six hours of internship that students must satisfy through placement in a residency partner district where the student receives mentoring from a cooperating teacher and receives support and supervision from a university supervisor.

At the conclusion of the program, students are eligible for a 5-year renewable teaching license in elementary education (K-6) and an endorsement in special education.

Professional Licensure Disclosure: The University of Southern Mississippi cannot determine whether any program leads to licensure in any state other than Mississippi. It is recommended that students who intend to seek licensure in another state verify that their program of study meets the desired state’s licensure requirements. For assistance with out-of-state licensure questions, please refer to the Professional Licensure Disclosures webpage.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures, applicants must meet the following requirements and submit the following documents:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in a field other than education.
  2. Demonstrate minimum academic competency through:
    1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.00 scale) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. OR
    2. Official score report indicating a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (singular test date) OR
    3. Passing scores on all three subject-area tests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE).*
  3. Resumé
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation

*Praxis test codes, registration information, and minimum score requirements for the state of Mississippi are available at the ETS website

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

In addition to the requirements detailed in General Degree Requirements and General Academic Information, students must:

  1. Purchase a Tk20 by Watermark subscription.
  2. Pass a criminal background check.
  3. Adhere to the Mississippi Educator Code of Ethics throughout the program. Violations may result in dismissal from the program.
  4. During enrollment in teacher internship (CIE 796), pay the required fee to cover the costs associated with supervision.

Course Requirements (33 hours)