Secondary, Adult & Physical Education


Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271
Fax 912.344.3436

Application Information
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education
(Initial Certification)


Academic Requirements

Admission to the program includes three academic requirements: degree, grade point average and testing.  Before applying for admission to the program, individuals should determine if they are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic requirements:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree or above from a regionally accredited institution.*
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 OR in most recent degree.
  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment examination or allowed exemption.**
  • Completion of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Educator Ethics Assessment.
  • Passing scores on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content assessment for the proposed field of study; NOTE: Candidates who earned a degree in their field of study within the past seven years can have this GACE requirement deferred until the start of internship.***

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the College of Education. Contact information is provided in the left panel of this page.

The above are minimum academic, test score or professional requirements only.  Read the entire application checklist to determine what documents must be included in your submission. Anyone who does not meet admissions requirements can apply as a non-degree-seeking student and take four designated courses (EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200 and EDUC 6300).  The Graduate Admissions Coordinator can direct you in this process.

Application Checklist

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education program is a two-step process: application to the university Office of Graduate Admissions and a separate application to the College of Education.  The required documents are included in the following two checklists:

Office of Graduate Admissions Application Checklist

College of Education Submission Checklist

Office of Admissions
Armstrong State University
Victor Hall, 1st Floor
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
912.344.2798 or 800.633.2349
Fax: 912.344.3417

College of Education
Armstrong State University
University Hall 271
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
Fax 912.344.3436

*Note: PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at

**Note:  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission ( determines what tests from other states are acceptable.

***Note:  Unless the applicant’s undergraduate degree indicates a major in the selected field, a transcript analysis will be performed to determine if the sufficient academic preparation requirement is satisfied.  If not, additional undergraduate (or graduate) subject coursework is needed prior to admission to the College of Education.  No course with a grade below C and no remedial course can be counted toward the hours requirement.  Generally, upper-level courses are advanced courses for juniors or seniors that are identified by numbers between 3000 and 4999 (if using a four-digit format), as opposed to lower-level courses (which are numbered between 1000 and 2999 in a four-digit format).  Graduate courses usually are numbered 5000 and above.

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