Elementary Education, Alternative Certification (MAT)

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching, Alternative Certification program. Candidates considering an application to the MAT program should contact the MAT admissions counselor (teacher@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive.

Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program:

  1. Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with major in content area and a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  3. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  4. Grade of C of higher in ENGL 102 (or equivalent)
  5. Oral Communication course
  6. TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo
  7. Professional Statement
  8. Three Letters of Recommendation
  9. Acceptable interview

Program Requirements

EDTP 631Integrated Teaching and Learning I3
EDTP 632Integrated Teaching and Learning II3
EDTP 633Integrated Teaching and Learning III3
EDTP 627Practicum for Alternative Certification Program (Fall Semester)1.5
EDTP 627Practicum for Alternative Certification Program (Spring Semester)1.5
EDTP 656Elementary Content Methods: Language Arts & Social Studies3
Mid-Point Assessment 1
EDTP 650Elementary Content Methods: Mathematics and Science3
EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds3
EDSP 518Teaching Reading Special Education P-123
EDTP 678Supporting the Second Year Alternative Certification Teacher I1.5
EDTP 599Music, Art, and Motion in P-5 (or Graduate level elective)3
EDTP 679Supporting the Second Year Alternative Certification Teacher II1.5
Minimum Total Hours30

        a. A graduate level Special Topics course (EDTP 597) may be offered as a replacement for two prerequisite courses - MATH 151 and MATH 152.

        b. To maintain your Temporary Provisional Certificate, you MUST be enrolled in Alternative certification coursework.

Degree Assessment: All program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two "C's" on degree courses).

Degree Candidacy: If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you will need to register for a degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Certification Assessment: Eligible for degree; Passing scores on required PRAXIS exams; assessment of dispositions and standards in courses completed after mid-point; positive recommendation from Educator Certification Committee.

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for the test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at epsb.ky.gov/ for current requirements.


3.0 cumulative GPA in course work above with no lower than 2.0 in each course – and no more than a total of two “C’s”; all prerequisites met; electronic documentation of approved field experiences including assessment of dispositions; completion of all state regulations and additional requirements as identified by the Office of Educator Development and Clinical Practice; positive recommendation from Educator Certification Committee.


The Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Elementary Education (EREDMAT) prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website: louisville.edu/oapa/licensure-information (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).

For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: louisville.edu/online/About-Us (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the licensing disclosures tab).