M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education 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 a related discipline such as Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Outdoor Education, Human Performance, etc. that includes coursework listed in Essential Course Admission Prerequisites. The degree program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include coursework or learning experiences necessary to meet NCATE/NASPE national accreditation standards and the Georgia Performance Standards in health and physical education necessary for Health & Physical Education P-12 teacher certification. Successful completion of the M.A.T. program leads to a T-5 Georgia Teacher Certification.
Students who complete the M.A.T. in Kinesiology/Physical Education from GC may be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for initial certification. The final recommendation for initial certification is a responsibility of the College of Education. The Certification Officer of the College of Education provides students information regarding the appropriate process for seeking certification in the State of Georgia. The College Recommendation Form is completed by the student and returned to the Certification Officer with a copy of the GACE Basic Skills and the GACE Content Assessment test scores and official transcripts of all college course work. The Certification Officer verifies for the Professional Standards Commission that the applicant has met the requirements for certification. The Certification Officer will assist and support the student during the collection of required information and upon submission of that information will file the certification application with the Professional Standards Commission.
All teacher certification programs are subject to change in response to new requirements from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students will be given appropriate notice of changes, and teacher education programs will be modified or adapted to meet the required changes.
M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education students will be prepared to:
1. Demonstrate the application of basic and advanced principles in motor skill acquisition in the instruction in physical education and health at all grade levels.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing a variety of teaching styles applicable to student learning styles during individual and group instruction.
3. Effectively design and administer P-12 physical education and coordinated school health programs.
4. Analyze and reflectively develop effective teaching behavior in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and modification of instruction.
5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct age/stage appropriate physical education and health learning outcomes assessment and evaluation at all grade levels.
6. Apply research and appropriate analytical techniques in an effort to improve physical education and health instruction in P-12 school settings.
M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education Program Format
The program requires 36 semester hours of selected graduate course work. The program is designed as a one-year, full-time, experience which ideally begins in the summer semester and is completed during the following fall and spring semesters. It is possible to complete the program on a part-time basis, but the number of semesters necessary for completion of the course work would be extended since the courses must be taken in sequential order. If enrolled in the program on a part-time basis, a minimum of six credit hours must be completed per semester sequentially while under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor.
The M.A.T. Kinesiology/Physical Education is offered in a cohort model. A cohort is an organizational structure used to provide instruction, support, and guidance for teacher candidates. Teacher candidates in a particular program (e.g., physical education) enter together as a group. They take courses and complete field activities over a specified period of time. Each cohort group of candidates is guided during the period of study by a professor skilled in advising, supervising, and implementing best teaching practices.
Dr. Lisa Griffin
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061