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Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) leads to initial teaching certification and a master’s degree for those persons who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Teachers can have great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills. Teachers can be found in almost every sector of society, and they instruct a wide range of topics. While specific course requirements vary among disciplines, most teachers will fulfill the academic requirements of a major in a chosen field; be literate in the history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and methodology of education; and have developed initial teaching skills through supervised clinical experiences. Although certification is required for public school teachers (K-12) in all 50 states, some states offer alternative teacher certification programs to attract otherwise qualified persons into the field. Aspiring teachers who need certification may also enter programs that grant a master’s degree in education, as well as certification.

General Information
College of Education
Department Website Master of Arts in Teaching
Degree(s) Offered Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Areas of Concentration
  • Concentration 1 -Secondary Education Certification Grades 6-12: For candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Geography, English, Chemistry, Political Science, Business, Geology, Economics, Physics, Broad Fields Science, History, Mathematics, or related field.
  • Concentration 2 -Middle Grades Certification Grades 4-8: Candidates must complete two teaching concentrations in reading, language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics
  • Concentration 3 -Special Education Certification Grades P-12: For candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, child and family development, or a closely-related field (offered fully on-line)
  • Concentration 4 -Certification Grades P-12: For candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish
Possible Employment Settings
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Camps & Youth Services
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Nursery Schools
  • Preschools & Day Care Centers
  • Churches & Community Centers
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
Occupational Opportunities
  • Art Teacher**
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Educational Administrator*
  • Educational Researcher*
  • Educational Resource Coordinator
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • School Psychologist*
  • Social Services Worker
  • Special Education Administrator

*Requires additional certification/education

**Certification depends on area of specialty

  • Grant Writer
  • Guidance Counselor*
  • High School Teacher**
  • Instructor, College/University*
  • Student Affairs Administrator*
  • Student Admissions Administrator*
  • Teacher, Handicapped Students**
  • Training Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

***For more detailed information regarding typical duties, salary, training, etc please look at the Occupational Outlook Handbook online at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations Student Organizations (MyOrgs)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
Georgia Association of Educators (GAE)
Salary Information
Internet Resources

Last updated: 2/17/2020