Master of Arts in Teaching, Early Childhood Education Certification (P-5) – Online


If you do not currently hold teacher certification or hold a nonrenewable (NR) teacher certification, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) was designed for you. The M.A.T. degree leads to initial teaching certification. The M.A.T., Early Childhood Education Certification (P-5) program requires field hours as well as an internship, both must be completed in Georgia.

Upon successful completion of all the M.A.T. program requirements, you will be eligible for your T-5 certification and Master’s degree.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Julie C. Garlen
MAT Early Childhood Education
jgarlen@georgiasouthern.edu
(912) 478-5441

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Degree Hours in Program of Study
M.A.T 45-48

 

M.A.T Regular Admission Requirements
  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  3. Present a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher on all teaching field course work.
  4. Present a current official report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) showing competitive scores.
  5. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
  6. Submit a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area for which one is seeking certification.
  7. Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics-Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
  8. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog
  9. 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.
  10. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Additional Requirements:MyPSC account requirement. As part of the program requirements, once admitted, all applicants must register with the GaPSC. To complete this process for obtaining a myPSC account, please go to the GaPSC website to register: www.gapsc.com

Georgia Pre-Service certificate. Prior to participating in a field experience in the M.A.T. program (which occurs the first semester), all candidates must have a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate. After you receive your admission acceptance, if you are not employed as a teacher in Georgia, you will receive an email from the College of Education with documents required to receive the Pre-Service certification from the GaPSC. Once you provide the information requested in the documents, the information will be sent to the GaPSC by the College of Education Certification Officer.

Fall Spring Summer 2017
Priority Deadline  March 1
Final Deadline Does Not Admit Does Not Admit April 1

Last updated: 3/7/2017

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