Master of Art in Teaching
If you do not currently hold teacher certification or if you hold a nonrenewable (NR) teacher certification, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) was designed for you.
The MAT degree leads to initial teaching certification and a master’s degree for aspiring teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
M.A.T. Admission Requirements
The total hours for the degree are dependent on your previous course work completed in the area of certification. A transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s Graduate Academic Services Center is required at the outset with the exception of Concentration Five: Early Childhood Education. Prerequisite content course work, based on the transcript evaluation, must be completed as a non-degree student before admission into the program.
M.A.T. Degree Concentrations
During the admission process, you will choose one of the four study concentrations based on your educational background and career goals.
- Study Concentration 1: Secondary Education (grades 6-12)
- Study Concentration 2: Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8)
- Study Concentration 3: Special Education (grades P-12) – offered fully ONLINE
- Study Concentration 4: P-12 Education with teaching field in Spanish
- Study Concentration 5: Early Childhood Education- offered fully ONLINE beginning Summer 2017
- Study Concentration 6: Health and Physical Education- beginning Fall 2017
During the program, you will be required to complete student teaching or a teaching internship. (Some concentrations require practicum placements prior to the student teaching or internship semester) The public school sites for student teaching or internships must be within a sixty (60) mile radius of Georgia Southern. An exception is made for students in the online MAT Concentration Three in Special Education and the MAT Concentration Five in Early Childhood Education; your placement will be considered in the region in which you live.
Upon successful completion of all MAT program requirements and passing the appropriate GACE exam, you will be eligible for your Georgia certification and master’s degree. The program is an NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standard’s Commission approved program that is recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach in public or private school systems.