The MAT: music education is a full-time fifth-year professional degree program. This professional degree offers students a competitive edge in the search for teaching careers in the state of Georgia. The program is also designed for candidates from other institutions who hold a bachelor degree in music but who do not hold teaching certification. A transcript evaluation will be done upon receiving the application to determine if the necessary pre-requisites have been met.
The MAT: music education consists of 34 graduate credit hours and offers specialization in choral, elementary, or instrumental music education. The one-year, full-time program features Field Placement and Student Teaching during which MAT students will work collaboratively with certified, experienced master teachers and be supervised by university professors. Candidates will acquire the theoretical and philosophical framework and practical experience that prepares them to teach in 21st-century schools. The combined curriculum is designed to produce music educators with outstanding content knowledge and pedagogical proficiency who will engage, motivate, and educate PreK-12 students. This program prepares students to document and evaluate student learning outcomes and implement innovative practices within the field.