Middle Grades Education M.A.T.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Middle Grades Education and concentrations in Mathematics and Science Education provides a 100% online initial teacher preparation (except field experiences) at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. 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*. Successful completion of the M.A.T. with a major in Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8) leads to a T-5 Georgia Certification in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science.

Students who hold a provisional certificate and are the teacher-of-record in a teaching position that aligns with their program concentration and grade band (i.e., mathematics or science AND a 6-8 classroom) will complete their fieldwork in their own classroom. However, to satisfy state requirements, candidates will have to complete a field experience in a 4th or 5th grade classroom during the program.

* The licensing agency for teacher education requires middle grades teacher candidates to have 15 content hours above the core level in each discipline of certification. Additional hours will be added to candidates’ program of study who do not possess those content hours. Four courses (MAED 5001, MAED 5002, BIOL 5012, PHSC 5012) in the program may be credited towards meeting the content requirements.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, with an earned 2.75 or better GPA
  • Two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Verification of immunization (pdf) for students enrolled in a face-to-face program
  • Obtain a Georgia pre-service certification (www.gapsc.com), which includes

    • obtaining a MyPSC account with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
    • Submit to a background check and receive acceptable results. (This process will be done during the application process.)
    • Pass the Ethics GACE 360 Assessment through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
    • Submit a copy of your driver’s license or other official identification

    Attend a program orientation that is held at the beginning of the program (required attendance)

For the Middle Grades MAT

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load in the content in which they are seeking certification during EDMG 5960. In EDMG 5001 students must teach the required course hours in the content in which they are seeking certification.
  • Candidates must hold an IN4T or Pre-Service certification in the area in which they are seeking certification.
  • All candidates, including those who are teacher-of-record, must complete learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

Note: Application decisions will be made between May 2nd and May 10th for all completed applications received on or before the priority deadline of May 1st. For completed applications received after May 1st, decisions will be made on the 30th of May, June and July.




Middle Grades Education M.A.T.

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Dr. Miriam Jordan

Program Coordinator
Room 217C

EdD, University of Georgia; MEd, Georgia College & State University; BA, Wesleyan College

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Ms. Shanda Brand

Graduate Director
217A Kilpatrick Education Center