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Secondary Education (M.A.T.)

Available at the Milledgeville and Macon Center Campuses.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. The program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include professional education preparation and is comprised of 36 semester hours of graduate course work:  The program is a cohort, field based model that begins each June. Our students learn high level teaching practices which are modeled by professors as well as fellow students.    

The Milledgeville campus offers a full-time one year program with mostly day classes and all the advantages of the university. Students take one class Summer I session and two classes Summer II.  The fall field placement means students are placed six weeks in a middle school and six weeks in a high school. Students complete their twelve week spring student teaching in either a high school or middle school.  Classes in the spring are shifted to late afternoon and Saturdays to accommodate the full time student teaching.

The Macon campus offers both the full-time one year program as well as a two year program. The Macon one year program is quite similar to the Milledgeville program but courses are held in the evenings all year round.  The two year program fits the needs of students who are currently teaching or need to work full or part-time during the program. Two year students follow the same sequence of courses as the one year students, but take only two courses per semester, including both summers. 

Georgia College offers the M.A.T. in Secondary Education with concentrations in:

     Art (Grades P-12)
     Business Education
     Political Science

Admissions Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application Form
  2. Two professional recommendations (pdf)
  3. Official copies of all transcripts
  4. Minimal GPA of 2.5
  5. Passing scores or exemption on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (exempt with SAT scores above 1000)
  6. Clear background check
  7. Verification of immunization
  8. PSC Pre-Certification background check
  9. Completion of GACE Ethics test 350
  1. Passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment.  Effective Fall 2014, a passing score on the College of Education Graduate Writing Assessment or for admission purposes, applicants to COE graduate programs may submit official scores with the following minimums in lieu of passing the Graduate Writing Assessment : GRE – 1000 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) if taken prior to August 1, 2011, or 305 (Verbal and Quantitative Combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011.  MAT – 400.  Applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree from Georgia College, will automatically waive the application testing requirement without the need to petition.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College, will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.

The Graduate Writing Assessment (GWA) is waived for applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master's degree from Georgia College.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their baccalaureate degree.


Upon satisfactory completion of the program, a candidate may be recommended for a T-5 (master's degree level) State of Georgia Teacher's Certificate.

For admissions questions:
Shanda Brand, Graduate Admission Advisor
CBX 70, 228 Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone toll free in Georgia: 800-342-0471 Ext. 1383

For program questions:
Dr. Betta Borrelli, Program Coordinator
CBX 79, Kilpatrick Hall
Milledgeville, GA 31061

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