Secondary Education (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in secondary education is available in the following fields: English, history, mathematics, and broadfield science. The objective of all programs is to encourage and equip teachers to be reflective, scholarly practitioners who are proactive in improving schooling in their communities. Each program combines solid grounding in pedagogy with instructional practices and content knowledge.
These 45 semester-hour (minimum) programs include a yearlong apprentice teaching or internship block, plus courses in education as well as appropriate course work in the content field (based on an analysis of each candidate's content-field experience).
Note: Although secondary education programs lead to certification in grades 6-12, most school systems prefer applicants for middle grade teaching positions to have completed a program leading specifically to middle grades certification.
The MAT programs in Secondary Education have 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 programs are available on both the Demorest and Athens campus.
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 their chosen content field.