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Middle Grades Education (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Middle Grades Education program is designed to meet the needs of candidates who hold an undergraduate degree other than in education and are seeking initial teacher certification in order to teach in grades four through eight. Completion of the M.A.T. degree leads to recommendation for Georgia certification in Middle Grades Education (4-8).

Candidates pursuing the degree in Middle Grades Education choose two of these four content concentrations:  

  • Language arts

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Sciences

  • Social Sciences

The MAT program in Middle Grades Education combines course work and field experiences, culminating in a student teaching semester.  Experienced faculty and educators in local schools work collaboratively to provide candidates with the knowledge, strategies, and real-world experiences that prepare them to teach in 21st century schools. 

In addition to course work in the liberal arts and sciences and the two areas of concentration, students also complete courses in teaching and learning, literacy, and teaching methodology.  To enhance their marketability, candidates may also elect a sequence of three courses to earn in-field endorsement in Gifted Education.

Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education, complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exams in both of their middle grades concentrations

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education program is a 58-credit hour program and has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for initial teacher certification.  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, however science content courses may not be available on the Athens campus.