Holmes: MAT in Secondary Education

Degree:  Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)



Program Purpose and Objectives

The Secondary Holmes Program is a rigorous 12-month graduate program leading to a Louisiana teaching certificate in grades 6 – 12 and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Established in 1990, this program prepares teachers at the graduate level in secondary subjects (English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics).

Students take much of their course work in intimate subject-area cohorts. A first summer of study is followed by two semesters of course work, which include practicum experiences in carefully selected schools and completion of a teacher research project.


Secondary Grades Fifth Year Program:

Students interested in this one-year, graduate-level teacher education program should contact the Secondary Holmes Program Advisor at secondaryholmes@lsu.edu or the School of Education’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Assessment at gradsoe@lsu.edu. Completed materials for application to the fifth-year, subject-specific cohorts should be received in the School of Education’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Assessment on or before March 15 to be guaranteed consideration. Coursework begins in early June. Applications are welcome after that date, but cannot be guaranteed consideration. Application procedures assume prior admission to the LSU Graduate School.

Eligible applicants should have:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA
  • An acceptable GRE composite score
  • Passing PRAXIS I (or an official ACT/SAT score of 22/1030 or higher on file with LSU) & PRAXIS II specialty area test(s) scores

It is recommended that applicants hold a degree or have completed at least 30 hours of course work in the content area they wish to teach.

Applicants may include candidates with degrees, as well as seniors finishing their programs by the May prior to enrollment in the various academic areas. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the fifth-year teacher education program. Holmes Admissions Committees will select from among qualified applicants those students to be admitted into the subject-specific, fifth-year cohorts.


Course Requirements

Summer Term: 9 Hours

EDCI 4450: Principles and Practices in Secondary Education
EDCI 4460: Planning, Managing, and Evaluating School Instruction
EDCI 7465: Seminar: The Teacher-Researcher in Secondary School Subjects

Fall Semester: 12 Hours

EDCI 4465: Seminar: Reflective Teaching, Secondary Subjects
EDCI 7135: Techniques for Teaching Reading in the Middle and Secondary School (Required Reading Elective as stipulated by the Louisiana Department of Education)
EDCI 7460: Fall Practicum in Secondary / K-12 Schools (Six Credit Hours)

Spring Semester: 15 Hours

EDCI 7455: Foundations of Secondary / K-12 Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice
EDCI 7461: Spring Practicum in Secondary / K-12 Schools (Six Credit Hours)
EDCI 7475: Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education
ELECTIVE* Graduate-level Elective determined in consultation with major professor/advisor

The M.A.T. Program in Curriculum and Instruction is 36 hours. All programs must be approved by the School of Education faculty advisor. Students must meet all teacher certification requirements before completing their graduate degree, including PRAXIS requirements.

* The selection of the graduate-level elective is to be decided in consultation with the student’s major professor. A graduate-level elective approval form must be completed and submitted to the Secondary Holmes Program Advisor. Students may choose to take the elective during the second summer semester.

Other Requirements
Passing scores on the PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (Grades 7-12) must be presented prior to graduation. It is recommended that this test be taken in the final semester of the program.

For questions or more information, please contact:
LSU Secondary Holmes Program
School of Education - Main Office
223 Peabody Hall