Secondary Education M.A.T.

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 coursework.   Our students learn high-level teaching practices, which are modeled by professors as well as fellow students. Secondary education concentrations include: Biology, Chemistry, Art (K-12), History, Political Science, English, Business Education, Spanish, French, and Math.

The program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework. The program is offered face-to-face in Milledgeville and in Macon (at Central Georgia Technical College's Macon Campus Building I) as well as 100% online.  The face-to-face option is a one-year, full-time experience, which begins with a new cohort each June and follows the public school calendar. A two-year face-to-face evening program is also available for individuals who are currently teaching under non-renewable certificate but prefer face-to-face classroom experiences. All professional education courses are field-based, and students spend a minimum of 20 hours per week with host teachers in a variety of public school placements. Spring semester coursework includes a 10-week, full-time student teaching internship. The program also has a fully online option that begins each fall for those who are unable to attend face-to-face classes but seek initial teacher certification.  Students may not move from the face-to-face to the online option or vice versa once admitted into a program unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  • Admission requirements include:
    • University Admissions Form
    • Two professional recommendations (pdf)
    • GPA Requirement:

      Option 1: Applicants who have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 from a regionally accredited university may be considered for admission to the College of Education graduate programs.


      Option 2: Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.74 from a regionally accredited university may be considered for admission to a College of Education graduate program should the undergraduate GPA from the last 60 hours of coursework be equal to, or greater than 2.75.

    • Official copies of all transcripts
    • Resume
    • Verification of Immunization for face-to-face option
    • Pre-Service Application 
    • Testing document showing completion of GACE 350 – Program Entry Ethics

    • GACE Program Admission Assessment (or qualifying Professional Standards Commission exemption such as minimum scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, Praxis, and other state tests). Professionally certified educators (valid or expired) who enroll in initial preparation programs for the purpose of adding a new field of certification are not required to meet the Program Admission Assessment requirement.

    • Note: Based on the applicants’ completion of content classes as determined by the applicants’ transcripts, additional content courses may be required during the program. For secondary education certification, 21 hours of credit in the content area beyond general education courses is required. EDFS 5213: Instructional Strategies, EDFS 5215: Assessment in Content Area, and EDFS Content Pedagogy (EDFS 6501, 6503, 6598) are part of the program and count toward this requirement.

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    Dr. Betta Vice
    Program Coordinator

    Ms. Parris Story
    Graduate Director
    CBX 70 Georgia College
    217A Kilpatrick Education Center
    Milledgeville, GA 31061
    478-445-1383  Fax: 478-445-6582  

    John H. Lounsbury College of Education
    202A Kilpatrick Education Center  |  Campus Box 79
    Milledgeville, GA 31061
    Phone: (478) 445-7368
    Fax: (478) 445-6582