What is the MATX program?
Make a positive impact on the lives of children with special needs and become a special education teacher.
The MATX is a post-baccalaureate program designed for individuals who are seeking an alternate route to become a highly qualified special educator. The MATX 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.
Every class you will need is available ONLINE! Students may begin taking courses at the start of any semester. Courses are not sequenced except for one or two exceptions.
Through the program students will be eligible to receive a:
- 3-year Class A non-renewable license (grades 7-12) after completion of EDX 6193, EDX 6813, EDX 8173, and passing scores on the Praxis CORE or 21 ACT or 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours, and Praxis Specialty Area SPED exam. If you have already completed a master’s degree, you will not be able to upgrade your license to master’s level with the 3-year license.
- 5-year Class A renewable license (grades 7-12) after receiving a 3-year Class A non-renewable license and completing Internship I and Internship II over a period of two semesters. If you have already completed a master’s degree, you will be able to upgrade your license to master’s level after your 5-year license is issued.
- 5-year Class AA renewable license after completing the MATX degree program (including coursework and a capstone experience).
- Students are eligible to add K-6 to the 5-year AA renewable license with passing scores on the Foundations of Reading exam.
ALL students (degree seeking and licensure-only) MUST be admitted to the MATX program to be recommended for licensure. Students must also secure a full-time SPED teaching position in a public school before registering for Internship I and II.
What are some potential careers?
This degree is singularly focused on individuals who want a career in special education.
Who should pursue this degree?
If you’re looking to start a new career in teaching special education, this is an excellent route to take.
Good ACT score? A composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT exempts you from having to take the CORE exam. With a 3.0 GPA on your last 60 hours of coursework, the ACT and Core tests are waived.
For more information about available courses, please review our MATX Checklist.
We are not currently able to admit students living in the state of Georgia.