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If you are looking to start a new career in teaching, the alternate route distance programs at Misssissippi State University will assist you in realizing your dream. Prospective students may pursue initial teacher licensure and a master's degree online through the Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education (MATX) degree program.


A composite score of 21 on the ACT exempts you from having to take the CORE exam.

We are no longer able to place students in Georgia for an internship. Residents living in the state of Georgia will not be eligible for licensure.

What is the MATX program?

The MATX program is designed for those holding a bachelor's degree in a content or discipline area other than education and seeking an initial teaching license in special education. The 33 hour degree can be completed entirely online via distance learning from virtually anywhere in the state of Mississippi and beyond. Students can earn initial licensure and then teach full time while completing the degree.

Through the program students will be eligible to receive a

  • 3 year Class A non-renewable license after admission to the MATX program and successful completion of the three initial licensure courses
  • 5 year Class A renewable license after receiving a 3 year Class A non-renewable license and completing the year-long internship and co-requisite classes
  • 5 year Class AA renewable license after completion of the MATX degree program (coursework and comprehensive examination)

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