Teaching M.A.T. (Concentration in Health and Physical Education P-12) (Online)

Degree Requirements:  36 Hours

Program Intent and Admission Requirements:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) leads to initial teaching certification in Health and Physical Education (P-12) and a master's degree for those persons who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  

The program of study is designed to meet all content and methods requirements for initial certification in 36 credit hours.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Complete requirements for 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. Submit a passing score on the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment. 

  5. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Provisional certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog).

  6. 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. 

  7. Acknowledge "Disclosure and Affirmation" statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance. 

  8. 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). 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.  

  9. 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.  

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Required Courses36
Educational Research
Student Teaching in P-12 Education 1
Supervised Internship
School Health Education Methods
Elementary Physical Education Methods
Physical Education Scientific Topics
Physical Activities in P-12 Physical Education
Adapted Physical Education Methods
Secondary Physical Education Methods
Fitness and Wellness Education
Assessment and Technology in Physical Education
Physical Education Field Experience
Total Credit Hours36
  • MAT in Health and Physical Education is a fully online program and will have an enrollment maximum of 15 candidates due to program resources.
  • Candidates who are teaching full-time on a Provisional certificate may apply for the level five Induction Certificate upon successful completion of all program requirements. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Certificate. 
  • All new MAT candidates must attend an online orientation meeting in order to meet registration requirements.


  • Candidates must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point. 
  • Candidates are required to complete supervised field experiences in Georgia schools to meet certification requirements.
  • Candidates must successfully complete all field experiences.
  • Candidates must pass GACE content test and Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (if not required for program admission) to enroll in ESED 6796 or ESED 6799.
  • Candidates must earn a grade of B or higher in KINS 6234: Adapted Physical Education Methods.
  • Candidates enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching program can only accept employment in a Georgia school that meets the GaPSC requirements.
  • Candidates enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching program and are hired by a school system as a teacher of record, must be teaching in the content area of the certification they are seeking.
  • Candidates enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching program and hired by a school system as a teacher of record must be teaching full-time in the content area of the of the certification they are seeking during their semester of clinical practice/internship.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647) 
​Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu