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Georgia Southern to offer online Master of Arts in Teaching in Fall 2020

Students seeking to complete an online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the middle grades or secondary education concentrations at Georgia Southern University will be able to beginning in Fall 2020. 

The MAT is a graduate degree for aspiring teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and leads to initial teaching certification. The Georgia Southern College of Education (COE) now offers five fully online MAT concentrations including elementary education, health and physical education, middle grades education, secondary education, and special education. Nationally accredited and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, these programs are recognized through reciprocity in many states across the country.

“The MAT degree is often sought after by those that are already working professionally,” said Deborah Thomas, Ph.D., associate dean for curriculum, instruction and initial educator preparation in the COE. “An online platform for this master’s degree helps to alleviate an obstacle that many current professionals may have to making a career change into the classroom or for those already working provisionally in the classroom to earn their certification.”

Coursework for the MAT is often completed in two years and includes field experience in Georgia classrooms. Within the middle grades program, candidates can select from concentrations in language arts, science, social studies or mathematics. Students seeking to complete a master’s in secondary education are given the option to focus on biology, chemistry, economics, English, history, geography, mathematics, physics or political science. 

Program admission deadlines for both the middle grades and secondary concentrations of the MAT degree are July 1 and do not require the Graduate Record Examinations or the Miller Analogies Test.
For more information, visit, or contact the COE Graduate Academic Services Center at 912-478-1447.


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