Teaching M.A.T. (Concentration in Elementary Education P-5) (Online)

Degree Requirements:  45 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. 

Elementary Education certification (P-5) for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. The program of study is designed to meet all content and methods requirements for initial certification in 45 credit hours. Candidates are required to complete supervised field experiences in Georgia schools to meet certification requirements. Two delivery options are available: a hybrid program on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah and a fully online program.

Admission Requirements


  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  3. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
  4. Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics--Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
  5. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog).
  6. Submit a letter of intent (using the required format) that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and describes their commitment to explore, acknowledge, and appreciate the home and community culture of their future students, and explains their desire to learn strategies that integrate cultural experiences, values, and understanding into the P-5 teaching and learning environment.
  7. Two (2) Initial Disposition Assessments using the proper form. Assessment requests should be made to current or former supervisors, colleagues or faculty members.
  8. Acknowledge ”Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
  9. 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.
  10. Select the delivery option you are applying to: Either (1) the hybrid format that is based on the Armstrong/Savannah campus or (2) the 100% online format.


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.

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
Step One: The steps represent one way to progress through the program but other schedules are possible.6
The following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three:
Culturally Responsive Classroom Management
Introduction to Special Education
Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be met for progression to Step Two.
STEP Two:9
Problem Solving and Mathematical Representations in the Elementary Classroom
Critical Approaches to Early Childhood Development and Learning
Approaches to Literacy Instruction
STEP Three:9
MAT Elementary Mathematics Methods
Literacy in the Content Areas
And ONE of the following:
Cultural Issues: ESOL
Multicultural Elementary Education
Step Four:6
Language Arts and Creative Activities
Instruction-Based Assessment
Step Five:9
MAT Elementary Science Methods
MAT Elementary Social Studies Methods
MAT Internship I
Step Six:6
Choose from:
MAT Internship II (for candidates who are not teaching full time)
Professional Internship (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 Hours45
  • All new MAT candidates must attend an on-campus orientation meeting in order to meet registration requirements.
  • Candidates must take courses in the sequenced order to meet Education Program Key Assessment criteria.
  • Applicants who reside within the designated service region must apply to the Armstrong Campus cohort.
  • A part-time enrollment option is available for a limited number of candidates enrolled in the Armstrong Campus cohort. Applicants must select this option when applying. 

Other Program Requirements

  • Candidates must successfully complete key assessments at each program transition point. 
  • Candidates must successfully complete all field experiences.


Online Option
Dr. Chelda Smith
Department of Elementary and Special Education
P.O. Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5041
Fax: (912) 478-0026