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Secondary Teacher Education (Alternate Route) MAT


Teaching children is a valuable skill, and the demand for teachers is soaring. With a Secondary Teacher Education (Alternative Route) MAT degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, you could be ready to fill that need as soon as next fall. This 33-credit hour online program is a licensure option for students who wish to teach in a secondary class room for grades 7-12 while also earning a master’s degree. Our program guides you from the online classroom to your own classroom with the luxury of obtaining a master’s degree while you teach.

The standardized testing of the ACT, GRE, and Praxis has been suspended. See other requirements here.

The online Alternate Route degree puts you on a path to licensure that includes a 9-credit hours of summer courses that prepares you to apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a three-year non-renewable alternate route license and seek employment in a Mississippi school district. 

If you’re interested in teaching, our alternate route degree is set up to give you the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills you already have to support your teaching abilities, rather than start from scratch.

Check out these areas you can specialize:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • Health
  • Home Economics
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish



This is your life, plus college.

The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.

COVID-19 Guidance: For the latest guidance related to Educator Preparation and Licensure please refer to USM Educator Preparation COVID-19 Updates.