Dec 04, 2022
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.
- Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
- Submit a passing score on the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment.
- Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Provisional certificate.
- 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.
- Acknowledge “Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
- 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.
- 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.
Required Courses Credit Hours: 36
Total Credit Hours: 36
1 Student Teaching in P-12 Education (ESED 6796 ) (for candidates who are not teaching full time); Supervised Internship (ESED 6799 ) (for candidates who are teaching full time on a Provisional Certificate)
- 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.
Other Program 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 Graduate Academic Advisement .
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)