The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree provides initial teacher certification in a content area and a Master's degree. The M.A.T. may be earned as part of the Practitioner Teacher Program (PREP) or the Professional Studies Program.
Practitioner Teacher Program: Preparing Responsive Educators Program (PREP).
This program is designed for those teaching in Louisiana schools. Certifications are available in Elementary Education, Grades 1-5 (506B); Middle School Education, Grades 4-8 (507B); and Secondary Education, Grades 6-12 (508B). PREP applicants must have a “letter of intent to employ” from a school district and must meet all admission requirements for NSU's Graduate School .
Professional Studies Program
This is a traditional alternative certification program that allows candidates to “pace” teacher certification and graduate coursework in Early Childhood Education, Pre-K-Grade 3 (548); Elementary Education, Grades 1-5 (506A); Middle School Education, Grades 4-8 (507A); Secondary Education, Grades 6-12 (508A); and Mild/Moderate Special Education (518A). Professional studies applicants are not required to have a “letter of intent to employ” with a school district, but must meet all admission requirements for NSU's Graduate School.
Accredited by SACS and NCATE.
International Student Requirements:
Admission for International Students
To be admitted for graduate study, international students
must present to Northwestern State University an evaluation
of their educational credentials by a United States professional
evaluating service that has been approved by the university.
International students must also meet all requirements for
admission to the Graduate School. In addition, other
documents required are: official TOEFL (Test of English as a
Foreign Language) scores (minimum score of 500 paper and
173 computer), an official Financial Statement Certification
verifying bank funds available in U.S. dollars, an Educational
Experience by Years list, a Health Form, and Immunization
Record. All admission records must be on file at least 30 days
prior to the date of registration. International students are only
admitted on a conditional basis for the first 12 hours (see