Mississippi State University

What do I need to apply to the MATX program?

The MAT-X is a post-baccalaureate program designed for individuals who are seeking an alternate route to become a highly qualified special educator. The MAT-X program of study consists of 11 graduate level courses that are offered completely online. All participants in the program will receive a mild/ moderate special education endorsement on their teaching license. Before participants can enroll in the first internship course, they must secure a teaching position in a Mississippi public school as a special education teacher and provide a copy of their employment contract.

*****We are not currently able to admit students living in the state of Georgia.

Requirements for Enrolling in the MAT-X Program at Mississippi State University:

Please contact Dr. Bethany McKissick with any questions that you may have by email brs266@msstate.edu.
Steps 1-6 must be completed by:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally/nationally-accredited institution of higher learning.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) on the last 60 credit hours of baccalaureate work.
  3. Meet the Mississippi score requirements on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (CORE) or have a composite ACT score of at least 21 with no sub-score below 18.
  4. Praxis Core (CASE)
    Area Examination Test Codes
    Reading - 5712 156
    Writing - 5722 162
    Mathematics - 5732 150
  5. Meet the Mississippi score requirements on the Praxis II Specialty Area Examination in Special Education. The Praxis II test code is 5354 (computer-based). The minimum score requirement is 152 if taken after September 1, 2012.
    • Have Praxis CORE and Praxis II Special Education: Content Knowledge test scores sent to MSU. Applicants should also print a copy of Praxis Core and Praxis II scores from the ETS website for their personal records. An applicant cannot be considered for the MAT-X program until these scores are on file at MSU
    • For more information on the Praxis CORE and Praxis II tests:
  6. Submit an online application to the Office of the Graduate School at www.grad.msstate.edu.
  7. Guidelines for Completing the Online Application to the MSU Graduate School

    • Go to www.grad.msstate.edu
    • Click on the “Apply Online Now” tab
    • Click “Apply Online” for the year/semester in which you will begin taking classes.
    • On the next page, create an account with the Graduate School using your email address and a password. If you are currently a student at MSU or a returning applicant, you may log in on the right of the screen using your MSU email address and password.
    • Once your account has been created, you will be directed to a home screen. Under the column App #, choose “New” to create a new application.
    • A new screen will appear. This will be the beginning of your application.
    • The first section is: Admission Information.
      • Under the first drop down box, choose which semester you plan on beginning classes. (i.e. Spring 2017, Fall 2017, etc.).
      • Under Program of Study, choose "Master of Arts Teaching Special Education Alternate Route."
      • Continue to answer the next few questions based on your degree plan.
      • Under which campus to attend, choose “Academic Outreach- Dist. Educ.”
      • Complete the rest of this section
    • Complete sections 2-7, following all directions.
    • Complete your Statement of Purpose and attach to section 8.
    • Supply the names and email addresses for three letters of recommendation under section 9. The Graduate School will send emails directly to those people and you will receive confirmation when they have been completed.
    • Submit the $60.00 application fee under section 11.
    • Be sure to submit your application when all sections are complete.
    • If you begin an application and forget your login and/or password, do not begin another application. Please contact the Office of the Graduate School at 662.325.7400 for assistance. The online application must include:
      • Three letters of recommendation (from supervisors/employers, professors, or both).
      • Statement of purpose (a page or so telling why you chose to apply to the program).
      • Official transcripts (for any coursework not completed as MSU).
      *** Contact your references shortly after submitting your application to ensure they have received the proper forms.
      *** Please note that your application will not be considered until all forms have been submitted, we have received your Praxis scores, and your application fee has been paid.
  8. Complete a background check through https://mycb.castlebranch.com. Enter Package Code MI43.

Important Notes:

*Online courses include a nonrefundable distance fee

The first three classes listed must be taken for licensure before the internship begins:

EDX 6193 Advanced Planning for Special Education (3 credit hours) A study of variables contributing to efficiency and competency in planning for teacher-learner activities and the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments.

EDX 6813 Introduction to Assessment in Special Education (3 credit hours) A course to study measurement and evaluation of learning activities and achievement of elementary school pupils and high school students; standardized tests; test construction; statistical techniques.

EDX 8173 Special Education in the Regular Classroom (3 credit hours) Provides a greater understanding of the handicapped child who may be in the regular classroom and suggests methods and techniques for teaching the handicapped student in the regular classroom.

EDX 6173. Contingency Management with Exceptional Children. (3 credit hours) A study of the components of contingency management with emphasis on application in the field with exceptional children.

EDX 8013. Intro to Teaching Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. (3 credit hours) Characteristics of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Theories, principles and methods for teaching individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

EDX 8023. Intro to teaching students with learning disabilities. (3 credit hours) Characteristics of students with learning disabilities. Theories, principles and methods for teaching individuals with learning disabilities.

EDX 8053. Introduction to Teaching Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. (3 credit hours) The curriculum, methods, principles and problems of working with individuals with emotional disabilities.

EDX 8233 Special Education Internship I. (3) Three hours clinical instruction. (Co-Requisite EDX 6173; prerequisites: Admission to MAT-X. EDX 8173, EDX 6813 and EDX 6193). First semester of directed teaching in a special education classroom.

EDX 8243 Special Education Internship II. (3) Three hours clinical instruction. (Prerequisites: Admission to MAT-X degree program. EDX 8233). Second semester of directed teaching in a special education classroom.

Math Pedagogy Elective (EDS 6633 or EDE 8163)

Reading Pedagogy Elective (RDG 8113, RDG 8123, RDG 8133 or RDG 8653)

For additional information please contact:
Susan Steward
315 Allen Hall
Campus Mail Stop 9705
Mississippi State,MS 39762