Master of Arts in Teaching

Do you have a bachelor's degree and want to make an impact in the classroom? Henderson State University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) can help you earn your Arkansas standard teaching license while earning a master's degree and increasing your earning potential as a teacher.

The MAT program is a 36-hour degree emphasizing pedagogy, methodology, classroom management, human growth and development and needs of exceptional children. 

It is designed and developed to allow a candidate with a bachelor's degree or higher an alternative route to teacher licensure in special education, elementary education, middle level, or secondary education. The field-based program focuses on areas exhibited in the four domains of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching.

The candidate is employed as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship while completing class work and requirements necessary for a standard Arkansas teaching license.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete Graduate School Application and be admitted To the Graduate School
  • Submit original sealed transcripts for all undergraduate work
  • Submit passing scores for GRE or Praxis Core and Praxis II content area
    • GRE Verbal 145 or Praxis Core Reading 156
    • GRE Quantitative 145 or Praxis Core Math 150
    • GRE Writing 3.5 or Praxis Core Writing 162
  • Entrance Interview
  • Complete background checks
  • Employment as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship


MAT Faculty will challenge, encourage, and support candidates throughout their academic journey and first years of teaching. Faculty members are or have been licensed teachers.

Income and demand

The National Education Association estimates that educators with a master's degree can earn as much as $64,883. In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that teaching jobs will grow by 6 percent through 2024 because of growth in student enrollment.


Degree Options


Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Dr. Charlotte Wright, Ed.D
MAT Coordinator
1100 Henderson Street, HSU Box 7770
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001