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Elementary Education (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education program is designed to meet the needs of candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in a field that did not lead to teacher certification.  This degree is for candidates who are seeking initial certification in preschool through fifth grade (P-5). Successful completion of this M.A.T. degree leads to recommendation for Georgia level T-5 certification in Elementary Education (P-5).

The MAT program in Elementary Education combines course work and field experiences, concluding with a semester of internship II. Experienced college faculty and educators in local schools work collaboratively to provide candidates with real-world experiences needed to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of educators.

Candidates complete courses in teaching and learning with a focus on literacy, technology, diversity, and instructional methods. To enhance their marketability, candidates may also elect a sequence of three courses to earn an in-field endorsement in Gifted Education.

Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education at the beginning of the program. To complete Elementary Education certification requirements, candidates must pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content examinations and complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

The Elementary Education MAT program requires a minimum of 55 credit hours. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has approved this program. Candidates from other states may be eligible for certification under the Interstate Certification Compact.  The program is available on both the Demorest and Athens campuses.