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Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching Science or Mathematics and Reading


Available at the Milledgeville Campus

The Middle Grades Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Science and Mathematics degree (grades 4-8) provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. In order to qualify for the Georgia Middle Grades teaching certificate, candidates must have completed 15 semester hours in either science or 15 hours in mathematics. The core program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include professional education preparation and is comprised of a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work in professional education. Students who need content area coursework in order to complete certification requirements may take them in the semester prior to the start of the core program. Successful completion of the M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8) leads to a T-5 Georgia Certification.

A distinctive feature of our M.A.T. program is the cohort concept. Candidates take all education classes with the same small group of students, learn as a team and become a support network for one another. Each cohort group has a Mentor Leader who serves as a support, instructor and supervisor for candidates in all their field placements.

A new cohort begins in Milledgeville every summer. All professional education courses are field-based, and students spend extensive time with host teachers in a variety of public school placements. Spring semester includes a ten-week, full-time student teaching internship.

The middle school concept, characteristics of the young adolescent learner, classroom inquiry, teaching diverse learners, and professional development as future leaders within the schools are concepts infused throughout all course work and field experiences.

Application Deadlines
April 1 - Summer Semester

Admissions Process
Admission to the Middle Grades MAT program is a two-step process. Students first apply for graduate admission to Georgia College. Once admitted to the University with graduate status, students then apply to the College of Education for admission to the MAT Middle Grades cohort. Admission to the cohort requires an in-person interview, which will be scheduled after the application is received.

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Admission Requirements

1. Graduate Admissions Application Form
2. Two professional recommendations  (pdf)
3. Official copies of all transcripts
4. Passing scores on the Graduate Writing Assessment
5. Minimal GPA of 2.5
6. Passing scores or exemption on the GACE Basic Assessment
7. Passing the GACE content assessment in Middle Grades Mathematics or Middle Grades Science, whichever is the applicant’s area of concentration
8. Clear background check
9. Verification of immunization 

Contact Information

Dr. Trish Klein, Chairperson
trish.klein@gcsu.edu
CBX 71, 228H Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-6176 
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 6176

Graduate Admissions
Georgia College
Campus Box 107
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1336
grad-admit@gcsu.edu

Ms. Shanda Brand
Graduate Admission Advisor
shanda.brand@gcsu.edu
CBX 70; 220 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-1383
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383

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