Teaching M.A.T.

Degree Requirements: 36-51 Credit Hours

Program Intent and Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) leads to initial teaching certification and a master’s degree for those persons who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. There are five study concentrations/tracks based on educational background and career goals:

  • Study Concentration 1: Secondary Education certification (6-12) for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in English, business, mathematics, history, geography, economics, political science, chemistry, biology, geology, physics, child and family development, fashion merchandising and apparel design, hotel and restaurant management, nutrition and food science, interior design, home economics, housing and consumer economics, or related field.
  • Study Concentration 2: Middle Grades certification (4-8) for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree. Candidates must complete two teaching concentrations from language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics.
  • Study Concentration 3: Special Education certification (P-12) for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in counseling, child and family development, English, mathematics, psychology, science, social science, or a closely-related field.
  • Study Concentration 4: P-12 Spanish Education certification for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish or related field.
  • Study Concentration 5: Early Childhood Education certification (P-5) for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. 

The total credit hours for the degree are dependent on previous course work completed in the area of certification. A transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s Director of Advisement and Certification is required at the outset. Prerequisite content course work, based on the transcript evaluation, must be completed as a non-degree student before admission into the program.

Admission Requirements

Regular

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s Director of Advisement and Certification, and completion of specified prerequisite content course work.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Present a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher on all teaching field course work.
  5. Present a current official report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) showing competitive scores. For Study Concentration Four (Spanish), candidates are not required to take either the MAT or the GRE; rather, they must pass an Oral Proficiency Interview and a Writing Proficiency Test in Spanish at the ACTFL-defined IH or above (tests administered by the Department of Foreign Languages).
  6. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
  7. Submit a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area for which one is seeking certification, except for the MAT in Special Education.
  8. Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics--Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
  9. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog
  10. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  11. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  12. International applicants and U.S. citizens whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. Applicants must take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and post a score of at least 80 (internet-based test, IBT), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL. The official TOEFL score may not be more than two years old. Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard may be recommended for enrollment in University English courses or for English courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) on campus prior to admission to the program. For Study Concentration Four (Spanish), candidates are not required to take the TOEFL: rather, those individuals who did not complete their undergraduate degree in the English language must pass an Oral Proficiency Interview and a Writing Proficiency Test in English at the ACTFL-defined IH or above (tests administered by the Department of Foreign Languages).
  13. If an applicant was previously enrolled in an initial teacher preparation program, an interview must be completed with the Program Coordinator prior to admission to the program.

Provisional

Applicants may be approved for Provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of B or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

MAT Program Sequence

Study Concentration One, 42 Credit Hours

Secondary Education with Teaching Fields in biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography, political science, economics, broad fields science, mathematics, English, family and consumer sciences, or business. Candidates in one of the science fields or social science fields are encouraged to complete additional courses in order to pursue certification in several or all of the disciplines in science or in the social sciences. There is a broad fields science test one can take for candidates seeking certification in one or more of the science fields; however, for the social sciences, candidates must take separate tests for the different social science fields in order to be certified in more than one of the social science disciplines (Grades 6-12).

Prerequisite(s)

Credit Hours
ITEC   7530Instructional Technology Foundations (or equivalent)3

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
Step One - The Following Courses are Prerequisites to Steps Two and Three (Fall Semester Only)
MSED   6120Introduction to the Middle and Secondary School2
MSED   6122Curriculum and Instruction2
MSED   6123Middle and Secondary School Practicum2
SPED   6130Introduction to Special Education3
Step Two: Secondary Education Block (Spring Semester Only) (taken concurrently)
SCED   6131Curriculum for Secondary Education3
SCED   6738Supervised Practicum in Secondary Education (Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate enroll in SCED   6739 - M.A.T. Internship I: Secondary)3
Select one of the following Appropriate Subject-Specific Courses:3
Science Methods
Language Arts Methods
Social Science Methods
Mathematics Methods
Business Education Methods
Family and Consumer Sciences Methods
Step Three: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship Semester: (See Admission to Student Teaching/Internship section in Graduate Catalog)
Select one of the following:9
Student Teaching in Secondary Education (Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll)
Supervised Internship: Secondary (Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate enroll)
MSED   7635MAT Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education3
Step Four: Additional Course Work Required for Initial Certification
MSED   7132Assessment of Student Learning3
[Upon successful completion of steps 1-4, successful completion of the state-required content pedagogy assessment (edTPA), and successful completion of the state-required Educator Ethics--Program Exit (360) assessment, candidates who are teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate may apply for a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate, and candidates who are not teaching may apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate.]
Step Five: Course Work Required for Completion of the MAT Degree
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
ESED   5234GCultural Issues: ESOL3
MSED   7130Middle and Secondary School Colloquium3
[Candidates who are teaching full-time on a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate upon successful completion of all program requirements. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate after successful completion of all program requirements and obtaining a teaching position.]
Total Credit Hours42

Study Concentration Two, 48 Credit Hours

Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)

Prerequisite(s)

Credit Hours
ITEC   7530Instructional Technology Foundations (or equivalent)3

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
Step One - The Following Ccourses are Prerequisites to Steps Two and Three (Fall Semester Only)
MSED   6120Introduction to the Middle and Secondary School2
MSED   6122Curriculum and Instruction2
MSED   6123Middle and Secondary School Practicum2
SPED   6130Introduction to Special Education3
Step Two: Middle Grades Education Block (Spring Semester Only) (taken concurrently)
MGED   6131Curriculum for the Middle Grades3
MGED   6738Supervised Practicum in the Middle Grades (3) OR Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate enroll in MGED   6739 - M.A.T. Internship I: Middle Grades (3)3
Select one of the following Appropriate Subject-Specific Methods Courses in One’s Primary Concentration Area:3
Science Methods
Language Arts Methods
Social Science Methods
Mathematics Methods
Step Three: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship: (See Admission to Student Teaching/Internship section in Graduate Catalog)
Select one of the following:9
Student Teaching in Middle Grades Education (Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll)
Supervised Internship: Middle Grades ) (Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate enroll in MGED   6799 - Supervised Internship: Middle Grades (9)
MSED   7635MAT Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education3
Step Four: Additional Course Work Required for Initial Certification
MGED   8132Effective Middle Schools3
MSED   7132Assessment of Student Learning3
Select one of the following Appropriate Subject-Specific Methods Courses in One’s Second Concentration Area:3
Science Methods
Language Arts Methods
Social Science Methods
Mathematics Methods
[Upon successful completion of Steps 1-4, successful completion of the state-required content pedagogy assessment (edTPA), and successful completion of the state-required Educator Ethics--Program Exit (360) assessment, candidates who are teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate may apply for a level 4 Induction Pathway I certificate, and candidates who are not teaching may apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for a level 4 Induction Pathway I certificate.]
Step Five: Additional Course Work Required for Completion of the MAT Degree
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
ESED   5234GCultural Issues: ESOL3
MSED   7130Middle and Secondary School Colloquium3
[Candidates who are teaching full-time on a level 4 Induction Pathway I certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway I certificate upon successful completion of all program requirements. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Pathway I certificate after successful completion of all program requirements and obtaining a teaching position.]
Total Credit Hours48

Study Concentration Three, 45-51 Credit Hours

Special Education (Grades P-12) (Online)

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
Step One - The Following Courses are Prerequisites to Steps Two and Three6-9 hours
Learning Theories and Applications
Cultural Issues: ESOL
Introduction to Special Education
(Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), must be met and a Georgia Pre-Service certificate must be obtained for progression to Step Two.)
Step Two: Special Education Prerequisite Content Block
SPED   6231Special Education Laws and Procedures3
SPED   7631Perspectives on Mild Disabilities3
Step Three: Special Education Content For Teaching Block (6 hours)
SPED   6230Assessment and Procedures in Special Education3
EDUR   7130Educational Research *3
Step Four: Special Education Content Block: (See admission to Student Teaching/Internship section in Graduate Catalog)
READ   7131Approaches to Literacy Instruction3
SPED   6330Classroom Management3
SPED   7136Language Development *3
Step Five: Special Education Content and Teaching Block:
SPED   7133Collaboration Across the Life Span *3
SPED   7632Methods for Mild Disabilities3
SPED   7736Intern. in SPED/BD,LD,MR/Mild3
Step Six: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship:9-12
Seminar in Special Education
Select one of the following:
Student Teaching in Special Education (Candidates who are not teaching full time enroll)
Internship in Special Education (Candidates who are currently teaching full time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate enroll)
Total Credit Hours45-51
*

Candidates seeking teaching certification only may eliminate the three courses denoted with the asterisk from their course work. [After successful completion of the required courses for certification, successful completion of the state-required content pedagogy assessment (edTPA), and successful completion of the state-required Educator Ethics—Program Exit (360) assessment, candidates who are teaching full-time may apply for a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate, and candidates who are not teaching may apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate.]

[Candidates who are teaching full-time on a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate upon successful completion of Steps 1-6. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate after successful completion of Steps 1-6 and obtaining a teaching position.]

Specific Program Requirements for Concentration Three

  • All new MAT candidates must schedule and meet with their assigned Special Education Advisor for a brief advisement orientation meeting prior to entering Step Two of the program in order to meet registration requirements.
  • Candidates must take courses in sequenced order to meet Special Education Program Key Assessment criteria.
  • Candidates must successfully complete an electronic portfolio project in order to exit the program.
  • Candidates are required to complete 900 clinical hours to meet certification requirements. These clinical hours are included in the courses in this program of study.
  • Although this is a fully online program, candidates are strongly encouraged to attend Student Teaching Orientation and all edTPA information sessions their final semester in the program.

Study Concentration Four, 36 Credit Hours

P-12 Education with Teaching Fields in Spanish

Prerequisite(s)

Credit Hours
ITEC   7530Instructional Technology Foundations (or equivalent (This course may be taken concurrently with Step One.))3

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
Step One - Education and Foreign Language Pedagogy and Supervised Practicum. The following courses are prerequisites to Step Two
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications3
FORL   6431Foreign Language Methods P-83
FORL   6432Foreign Languages Methods 9-123
FORL   6433Practicum in Foreign Languages3
SPED   6130Introduction to Special Education3
Step Two: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship: See Admission to Student Teaching/Internship section in Graduate Catalog)
Select one of the following:9
Student Teaching in P-12 Education (Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll)
Supervised Internship (Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate enroll)
[Upon successful completion of ESED   5799G or ESED   6799, successful completion of the state-required content pedagogy assessment (edTPA), and successful of the state-required Educator Ethics--Program Exit (360) assessment, candidates who are teaching full-time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate may apply for a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate, and candidates who are not teaching may apply for a Certificate of eligibility for a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate.]
Step Three: Additional Course Work Required for Completion of the MAT Degree. These courses may be taken concurrently with Step One
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
SPAN XXXXGraduate level Spanish courses9
[Candidates who are teaching full-time on a level 4 Induction pathway 1 certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate upon successful completion of all program requirements. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate after successful completion of all program requirements and obtaining a teaching position.]
Total Credit Hours36

Study Concentration Five, 45-48 Credit Hours

Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) (Online)

Specific Program Requirements for Concentration Five

Credit Hours
Step One: Summer One6-9
the following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Elementary Education
Introduction to Special Education
[Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), must be met for progression to Step Two.]
Step Two: Fall One9
Problem Solving and Mathematical Representations in the Elementary Classroom
Critical Approaches to Early Childhood Development and Learning
Approaches to Literacy Instruction
Step Three: Spring One9
Advanced Mathematics Methods
Seminar in P-5
Cultural Issues: ESOL
Step Four: Summer Two6
Advanced Language Arts Methods
Assessment and Management of Elementary Learners
Step Five: Fall Two9
Advanced Science Methods
Advanced Social Studies Methods
Literacy in the Content Areas
Step Six: Spring Two 9
Student Teaching:: ECED (for candidates who are not teaching full time.)
Internship in Early Childhood (for candidates who are currently teaching full time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate.)
[Candidates who are teaching full-time on a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate upon successful completion of Steps 1-6. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate after successful completion of Steps 1-6 and obtaining a teaching position.]
Total Credit Hours48-51
  • All new MAT candidates must attend the summer weekend-long orientation meeting prior to entering Step Two of the program in order to meet registration requirements.
  • Candidates must take courses in sequenced order to meet Early Childhood Education Program Key Assessment criteria.
  • Candidates are required to complete 900 clinical hours to meet certification requirements. These clinical hours are included in the courses in this program of study.
  • Although this is a fully online program, candidates are strongly encouraged to attend Student Teaching Orientation and all edTPA information sessions their final semester in the program.

Other Program Requirements (For all Concentrations)

  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.

Advisement

Department of Teaching and Learning
P.O. Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460
http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/MAT

Concentration One and Two:
Dr. Heather Scott
(912) 478-5701
hscott@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-0026

Concentration Three:
Ms. Shelley Woodward
(912) 478-8408
swoodward@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-0026

Concentration Four:
Dr. Marcela Ruiz-Funes
(912) 478-0113
mruizfunes@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-0652

Concentration Five:
Dr. Julie Garlen
(912) 478-5441
jgarlen@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-0026