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 as part of the application process with the exception of the M.A.T. Elementary Education. Prerequisite content course work, based on the transcript evaluation, must be completed as a non-degree student before admission into the program.  Applicants who need prerequisite courses will be encouraged to update their application to a future term.  For information regarding specific concentration admission requirements, please visit the degree concentration web page.  You will find a list of concentration areas below.

M.A.T. Degree Concentrations

During the admission process, you will choose one of the six study concentrations based on your educational background and career goals.

Elementary Educationoffered ONLINE
Health and Physical Educationoffered Face-to-Face, on-Campus Program – Statesboro Campus
Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8)offered Face-to-Face, on-Campus Program- Statesboro Campus
Secondary Education (grades 6-12) offered Face-to-Face, on-Campus Program – Statesboro Campus or Armstrong Campus
Spanish Education

offered Face-to-Face, on-Campus Program – Statesboro Campus
Special Educationoffered ONLINE

During the program, you will be required to complete student teaching/internship. (Some concentrations require practicum placements prior to the student teaching or internship semester) All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 70 mile radius of either Georgia Southern University campus (Armstrong or Statesboro). An exception is made for students in the online MAT Concentration in Special Education and the MAT Concentration in Elementary Education; your placement will be considered in the region in which you live.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of all MAT program requirements and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content exam in your area of concentration, edTPA, and the Educators Ethics Exit 360 exam you will be eligible for your Georgia certification and master’s degree. The program is an NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standards 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. For information regarding certification please visit the Student Success Center website,


Master of Arts in Teaching • PO Box 8134 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5203