Teaching M.A.T. (Concentration in Secondary Education Grades 6-12) (Online)

Degree Requirements:  39 Hours

Program Intent and Admission Requirements:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) leads to initial teaching certification in Secondary Education (6-12) and a master’s degree for those persons who hold a bachelor's degree in English, mathematics, history, geography, economics, political science, chemistry, biology, geology, physics, or related field from a regionally accredited institution. 

A transcript evaluation by the College of Education's Graduate Academic Services Center is required. Prerequisite content course work may be required prior to admission into the program based on the transcript evaluation. 

This is a fully online program.  Candidates are required to complete supervised field experiences in Georgia schools to meet certification requirements.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Complete specified prerequisite content coursework for one or more associated content areas.
  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 content courses in the selected area of certification. 
  5. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, GRE, or GACE Basic Skills scores.
  6. Submit a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area(s) for which one is seeking certification.
  7. Submit a passing score on the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment. 
  8. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Provisional certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog)
  9. 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.
  10. Acknowledge ”Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
  11. 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.

Other Program Requirements

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are employed by a school system and seeking certification OR, if not employed, living within a 70-mile radius of Georgia Southern University, which allows for placements in local school systems. College of Education faculty will facilitate classroom observations, etc. 
  • Per Georgia Professional Standards Commission Rule, candidates must earn a minimum grade of "B" in SPED 6130.
  • Candidates are required to complete supervised field experiences in Georgia schools to meet certification requirements.
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point. 

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Step One: The Following Courses are Prerequisites to Steps Two and Three (taken concurrently) 19
Introduction to the Middle and Secondary School
Curriculum and Instruction I
Middle and Secondary School Practicum
Step Two: Secondary Education Block (taken concurrently)9
Curriculum and Instruction II
Supervised Practicum in Middle and Secondary Education (Candidates who are currently teaching full-time must have an Induction Pathway 4 certificate)
Select one of the following appropriate subject-specific courses:
Science Methods
Language Arts Methods
Social Science Methods
Mathematics Methods
Step Three: Additional Course Work Required for Initial Certification6
Instructional Assessment for Diverse Learners
Introduction to Special Education
Step Four: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship Semester: (See Admission to Student Teaching/Internship section in Graduate Catalog)9
Student Teaching Internship in Middle Grades and Secondary Education (Candidates who are currently teaching full-time must have a Provisional Certificate.)
MAT Seminar in Middle Grades and Secondary Education
Upon successful completion of steps 1-4, and successful completion of the state-required Educator Ethics Assessment (if not completed for program admission), candidates who are teaching full-time on a Provisional certificate may apply for a level 4 Induction Certificate.
Step Five: Course Work Required for Completion of the MAT Degree6
Educational Research
Middle and Secondary School Colloquium
Upon successful completion of Step 5 and all other program and certification requirements listed above, candidates may apply for a level 5 Induction Certificate.
Total Credit Hours39


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