Secondary, Adult & Physical Education


Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271

Program Overview
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education
(Initial Certification)

Format:   On Campus and Blended
Credits:   30 semester hours

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Education program is designed for individuals seeking a master’s degree and Georgia teaching certification as a secondary school teacher (grades 6 through 12) in English, history, mathematics or science at the T-5 level.  Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree in their selected field or completed at least 21 semester hours of courses in that field (with at least nine semester hours of upper-level courses).

Program Outcomes

The program of study has been designed to provide program completers with the knowledge and skills required to evaluate, plan, and provide appropriate learning experiences for students in grades 6-12. Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • create learning experiences that address the developmental needs of the adolescent student.
  • plan and teach lessons that elevate their adolescent students’ subject matter knowledge and skills.
  • implement developmentally responsive practices that reflect the philosophical foundations of 6-12 education.
  • employ best practices in the creation and use of middle-level curriculum and assessment using a variety of strategies to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of all young adolescents.
  • understand the importance of working collaboratively with family and community members to increase student welfare and learning.
  • engage in practices and behaviors that develop competence as professionals.

Courses & Requirements

The program of study consists of 10 required courses totaling 30 semester hours.  These courses deliver an overall foundation for teaching, address the particular needs of secondary students, supply a methodology for teaching and provide clinical experience through student teaching. A full-time, semester-long, field-based graduate internship (student teaching) is under the tutelage of a university supervisor.  This internship cannot begin until all other required courses have been completed.

You may begin this program in any semester.  Most courses are offered face-to-face at night and some courses are available online.  Not all courses are offered every semester.  For example, the internship is offered only during the fall and spring semesters and during the day – when schools are in session.  Please check the course rotation schedule for semester specific offerings.