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
A transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s Graduate Academic Services Center is required for all M.A.T. applicants who apply to the Middle Grades, Secondary, Spanish, and Special Education programs as part of the application process. The transcript evaluation will occur following the submission of the application and all transcripts. Any additional prerequisite content course work, based on the transcript evaluation, must be completed prior to admission to the M.A.T. program. Applicants who need prerequisite courses will be encouraged to update their application to a future term. For information regarding other specific admission requirements for each program, please visit the program’s web page. You will find a list of programs 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.
During the program, you will be required to complete field experiences including student teaching/internship. All field experience requirements for any MAT program must be completed in the state of Georgia. Some concentrations require practicum placements prior to student teaching or internship semester. Field experiences, including student teaching, for students in the online MAT Concentrations in Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education, and Special Education will be considered in the Georgia region in which you are located. Field experiences for the MAT Concentration in Spanish, including student teaching, will take place within a 70 mile radius of the Georgia Southern University Statesboro campus. Field experiences for the MAT Concentrations in Secondary Education or Middle Grades Education can occur anywhere in Georgia if you are the teacher of record. If you are not a teacher of record, student teaching will take place within a 70 mile radius of the Georgia Southern University Statesboro or Armstrong campus.
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, 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.