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B.A. / MAT Program: COE Department of Teaching and Learning

M.A.T. – Master of Arts in Teaching

Fore more information, visit the College of Education‘s website.

The M.A.T. is designed for individuals who do not currently hold teacher certification and for individuals who hold a non-renewable (NR) teacher certification. The M.A.T. teaching-internship options are within a sixty mile radius of Georgia Southern. An exception is made for the online MAT Concentration 3 in Special Education. Placements will be considered in the region in which the online student resides.

The M.A.T. degree leads to initial teaching certification and a master’s degree for those persons who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. There are four study concentrations based on educational background and career goals:

Study Concentration 1: Secondary Education certification (6-12) for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in English, business, mathematics, history, geography, economics, political science, chemistry, biology, geology, physics, child and family development, fashion merchandising and apparel design, hotel and restaurant management, nutrition and food science, interior design, home economics, housing and consumer economics, or related field.

Study Concentration 2: Middle Grades certification (4-8) for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree.  Candidates must complete two teaching concentrations from language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics.

Study Concentration 3: Special Education certification (P-12) for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, child and family development, or a related field.

Study Concentration 4: P-12 Education certification for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

The total hours for the degree are dependent on previous course work completed in the area of certification. A transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s director of advisement and certification is required at the outset. Prerequisite content course work, based on the transcript evaluation, must be completed as a non-degree student before admission into the program.

Note: For non-degree candidates who seek to enter the M.A.T. program, GRE or MAT test scores must be submitted and admission granted into the M.A.T. degree program before enrolling in Step Two of the program of study. Any M.A.T. program application submitted by a candidate who is enrolled under non-degree status will not be considered for admission once the candidate enrolls in Step Two courses.

Admission Requirements

Regular

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a transcript evaluation by the College of Education’s Director of Advisement and Certification, and completion of specified prerequisite content course work.
  3. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  4. Present a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher on all teaching field course work.
  5. Present a current official report of scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  6. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
  7. Submit a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area for which one is seeking certification, except for the MAT in Special Education.
  8. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  9. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  10. International applicants and U.S. citizens whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. Applicants must take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and post a score of at least 80 (internet-based test, IBT), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL. The official TOEFL score may not be more than two years old. Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard may be recommended for enrollment in University English courses or for English courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) on campus prior to admission to the program.
  11. If an applicant was previously enrolled in an initial teacher preparation program, an interview must be completed with the Program Coordinator prior to admission to the program.

Provisional
Applicants may be approved for Provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of B or higher in their first 9 hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

MAT Program Sequence

Study Concentration One: Grades 6-12 (42 hours):

Secondary Education with teaching fields in biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography, political science, economics, broad fields science, mathematics, English, family and consumer sciences, or business. Candidates in one of the science fields or social science fields are encouraged to complete additional courses in order to pursue certification in several or all of the disciplines in science or in the social sciences. There is a broad fields science test one can take for candidates seeking certification in one or more of the science fields; however, for the social sciences, candidates must take separate tests for the different social science fields in order to be certified in more than one of the social science disciplines.

Prerequisite: ITEC 7530 – Instructional Technology Foundations (3) or equivalent.

Step One: The following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three (Fall Semester Only) (9 hours):
MSED 6120 – Introduction to the Middle & Secondary School (2)
MSED 6122 – Curriculum and Instruction (2)
MSED 6123 – Middle and Secondary School Practicum (2)
SPED 6130 – Introduction to Special Education (3)
[Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be met for progression to Step Two.]

Step Two – Secondary Education Block* (Spring Semester Only) (9 hours to be taken concurrently):
SCED 6131 – Curriculum for the Secondary School (3)
SCED 6738 – Supervised Practicum in Secondary Education (3) OR Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on a non-renewable teaching certificate enroll in SCED 6739 – M.A.T. Internship I: Secondary (3)
Select one of the following Appropriate Subject-Specific Courses:
MSED 6237 – Science Methods (3)
MSED 6337 – Language Arts Methods (3)
MSED 6437 – Social Science Methods (3)
MSED 6537 – Mathematics Methods (3)
MSED 6637 – Business Education Methods (3)
MSED 6737 – Family and Consumer Sciences Methods (3)

Step Three: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship Semester and Colloquium (12 hours):
Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll in SCED 5799G – Student Teaching in Secondary Education (9)
Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on a non-renewable teaching certificate enroll in SCED 6799 – Supervised Internship: Secondary (9).
MSED 7130 Colloquium (3)

Step Four: Additional course work required for initial certification (6 hours):
ESED 5234G – Cultural Issues: ESOL (3)
MSED 7132 – Assessment of Student Learning (3)
[Candidates may apply for initial T-4 certification upon successful completion of Steps 1-4]

Step Five: Course work required for completion of the MAT degree (6 hours):
EDUR 7130 – Educational Research (3)
SCED 8633 – Seminar in Secondary Education (3)
[Candidates may apply for T-5 certification upon successful completion of all program requirements]

Study Concentration Two: Middle Grades Education – Grades 4-8 (51 hours)

Prerequisite: ITEC 7530 – Instructional Technology Foundations (3) or equivalent

Step One – The following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three (Fall Semester Only) (9 Hours):
MSED 6120 – Introduction to the Middle & Secondary School (2)
MSED 6122 – Curriculum and Instruction (2)
MSED 6123 – Middle and Secondary School Practicum (2)
SPED 6130 – Introduction to Special Education (3)
[Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be met for progression to Step Two.]

Step Two – Middle Grades Education Block (Spring Semester Only) (9 hours to be taken concurrently):
MGED 6131 – Curriculum for the Middle Grades (3)
MGED 6738 – Supervised Practicum in the Middle Grades (3) OR Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on a non-renewable teaching certificate enroll in MGED 6739 – M.A.T. Internship I: Middle Grades (3)
Select one of the following Appropriate Subject-Specific Methods Courses in One’s Primary Concentration Area:
MSED 6237 – Science Methods (3)
MSED 6337 – Language Arts Methods (3)
MSED 6437 – Social Science Methods (3)
MSED 6537 – Mathematics Methods (3)

Step Three – Student Teaching/Supervised Internship and Colloquium (12 hours):
Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll in MGED 5799G – Student Teaching in Middle Grades Education (9)
Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on a non-renewable teaching certificate enroll in MGED 6799 – Supervised Internship: Middle Grades (9)
MSED 7130 Colloquium (3)

Step Four – Additional course work required for initial certification (12 hours):
ESED 5234G – Cultural Issues: ESOL (3)
MGED 8132 – Effective Middle Schools (3)
MSED 7132 – Assessment of Student Learning (3)
Select one of the following Appropriate Subject-Specific Methods Courses in One’s Second Concentration Area:
MSED 6237 – Science Methods (3)
MSED 6337 – Language Arts Methods (3)
MSED 6437 – Social Science Methods (3)
MSED 6537 – Mathematics Methods (3)
[Candidates may apply for initial T-4 certification upon successful completion of Steps 1-4]

Step Five: Additional course work required for completion of the MAT degree (9 hours):
EDUR 7130 – Educational Research (3)
MGED 8131 – Integrated Curriculum for the Middle Grades (3)
MGED 8633 – Seminar in Middle Grades Education (3)
[Candidates may apply for T-5 certification upon successful completion of all program requirements]

Study Concentration Three: Special Education – Grades P-12 (Online) (45-48 hours):

Prerequisite(s): ITEC 3230 – Instructional Technology for Special Education (3) OR ITEC 7530 – Instructional Technology Foundations (3) or equivalent

Step One: The following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three (6-9 hours):
EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications (3)
ESED 5234G – Cultural Issues: ESOL (3)
SPED 6130 – Introduction to Special Education (3)
[Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be met for progression to Step Two.]

Step Two: Special Education Prerequisite Content Block (9 hours):
SPED 6230 – Assessment and Procedures in Special Education (3)
SPED 6231 – Special Education Laws and Procedures (3)
SPED 6330 – Classroom Management (3)

Step Three: Special Education Content For Teaching Block (12 hours):
SPED 7630 – Seminar in Special Education (3)
SPED 7631 – Perspectives on Characteristics of Mild Disabilities (3)
SPED 7632 – Methods for Mild Disabilities (3)
READ 7131 – Approaches to Reading Instruction (3)

Step Four: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship (6-9 hours):
Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll in **SPED 5799G – Student Teaching in Special Education (9)
Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on a non-renewable teaching certificate enroll in **SPED 7796 – Internship in Special Education (6)
**Student Teaching/Supervised Internship course includes an exit project for the MAT
[Candidates may apply for initial T-4 certification upon successful completion of SPED 7796 or SPED 5799G]

Step Five: Additional Coursework for the MAT degree completion (9 hours):
EDUR 7130 – Educational Research (3)
SPED 7136 – Language Development (3)
SPED 7133 – Collaboration Across the Life Span (3)
[Candidates may apply for T-5 certification upon successful completion of all program requirements]

Specific Program Requirements for Concentration Three:
– All new MAT candidates must schedule and meet with their assigned Special Education Advisor for a brief advisement orientation meeting prior to entering Step Two of the program in order to meet registration requirements.
– Candidates must take courses in sequenced order to meet Special Education Program Key Assessment criteria.
– Candidates must successfully complete an electronic portfolio project in order to exit the program.

Study Concentration Four: P-12 Education with Teaching Field in Spanish (36 Hours):

Prerequisite(s): ITEC 7530 – Instructional Technology Foundations (3) or equivalent

Step One: The following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three: (6 hours)
EDUF 7130 – Learning Theories and Applications (3)
SPED 6130 – Introduction to Special Education (3)
[Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be met for progression to Step Two.]

Step Two: Foreign Language Pedagogy and Supervised Practicum (9 hours):
FORL 6431 – Foreign Language Methods P-5 (3)
FORL 6432 – Foreign Language Methods 6-12 (3)
FORL 6433 – Practicum in Foreign Language (3)

Step Three: Student Teaching/Supervised Internship (9 hours):
Candidates who are not teaching full-time enroll in ESED 5799G – Student Teaching in P-12 Education (9)
Candidates who are currently teaching full-time on a non-renewable teaching certificate enroll in ESED 6799 – Supervised Internship (9)
[Candidates may apply for initial T-4 certification upon successful completion of ESED 6799 or ESED 5799G]

Step Four: Additional course work required for completion of the MAT degree (12 hours):
EDUR 7130 – Educational Research (3)
SPAN – Graduate level Spanish courses (9)
[Candidates may apply for T-5 certification upon successful completion of all program requirements]

Other Program Requirements (for all Concentrations):
Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point

Last updated: 1/24/2014

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