The MAT is a graduate level initial teacher certification program. This program is designed for candidates that have obtained an undergraduate degree in a field outside of education. The Elementary, Middle Grades, and Secondary Education programs are offered 100 percent online.

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The coursework is completed fully online. Candidates are placed in partner schools in their home location for 25-hours of authentic field experience for most courses except for summer semesters when students complete field experiences as directed in course descriptions.

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chevron-right icon Elementary Education

Online Field Experience


Track Sheet


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Elementary Education provides a 100% online initial teacher preparation (except for required field experiences) at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

chevron-right icon Middle Grades Education
English, Math, Science, Social Studies

Online Field Experience

Track Sheet

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Middle Grades Education provides a 100% online initial teacher preparation (except for required field experiences) at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

chevron-right icon Secondary Education
Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, History, Physics

Online Field Experience

Track Sheet

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Secondary Education provides a 100% online initial teacher preparation (except for required field experiences) at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

chevron-right icon Art Education

Track Sheet

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Art Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

chevron-right icon Foreign Language Education

Track Sheet

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Foreign Language Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

chevron-right icon Music Education

Track Sheet

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Music Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

chevron-right icon Special Education

Track Sheet

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Special Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master’s degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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., elementary education, AND a PK-5 classroom) will complete their field work in their own classroom. However, all schools must be accredited and if a student teaches PK they must be in an accredited preschool and work with 4 and 5 year-olds. 

Students who are not employed will complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels reflecting the certification span of the program. Students will complete field experiences in counties/schools where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place.

  • Candidate must be assigned to teach 51+% of the teaching load 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 their learning experience in an alternate grade band for a specified period of time.

MAT Admissions Quick Reference

  • Candidates pursuing a MAT must have an undergraduate degree. If pursuing a Secondary Concentration, you must have an undergraduate degree in a related field or take additional content area classes to complete this requirement.
  • Official transcripts from ALL prior colleges
  • 2.5 Undergraduate GPA
  • Official GACE Content Scores (Required for Secondary) score of 220 or higher required in both sections
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment: Successful completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360). This assessment is not scored but must be completed for program admission.  In order to take the ethics assessment, create or update your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website, choose Augusta University as your program provider, and select option 7 as your reason for testing. In one to two days, you will receive a testing link from ETS. This will allow you to both pay and complete the assessment.
  • Students who have a previous undergraduate degree in education are not eligible for enrollment in the Master’s of Arts in Education degree.
  • Students who seek to change their concentration in the MAT program must reapply for admission to the new concentration.

Once accepted into the program the supporting documents listed below are needed before the start of the term. 

Technology Requirements

Operating System:  
Chrome 84.0.4147.136 or newer.

Processor:
 1.1Ghz or faster.

RAM/Memory:
4Gb Ram

Storage:
32Gb eMMC

Features:

  • Webcam and microphone
  • Access to a broadband internet connection.

Also Recommended (but not required): 

  • Headphones

Operating System:  
macOS 10.13 or higher

Processor:
minimum Intel Core i3 or equivalent 

RAM/Memory:
8GB or higher 

Storage:
128GB internal hard drive or larger (256+GB solid state drives preferred, but not required) 

Features:

  • Webcam and microphone
  • Access to a broadband internet connection.

Also Recommended (but not required): 

  • Headphones
  • Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cable (suggested 5 feet or longer) with any needed adapters

Operating System:  
Windows 10 Home or Pro (“streamlined” versions such as Windows 10S are not supported)

Processor:
minimum Intel Core i3 or equivalent 

RAM/Memory:
8GB or higher 

Storage:
128GB internal hard drive or larger (256+GB solid state drives preferred, but not required) 

Features:

  • Webcam and microphone
  • Access to a broadband internet connection.

Also Recommended (but not required): 

  • Headphones
  • Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cable (suggested 5 feet or longer) with any needed adapters

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Contact Us

Prospective Student Inquiries
Jessica Rodriguez
Recruiter
coegs@augusta.edu
706-729-2463

Application deadlines

In order for an individual to be considered the online application and all materials must be received on or before the deadlines below.

Fall Application: July 7th
Supporting Documents: July 7th

Spring Application: November 2nd

Summer Application: March 2nd