Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education Certification (P-5)

This study concentration is for candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who are interested in a career as a teacher of young children. The M.A.T. provides an option for people entering the world of teaching from other vocations or fields of study, and is also an option for those who are already in the classroom yet have not obtained initial certification (e.g. paraprofessionals, Teach for America, etc.). Through a sequence of courses and related field experiences, candidates will be prepared to teach young children in preschool through grade five. The program of study is designed to meet all content and methods requirements for initial certification.

Program Contact Information:

Graduate Academic Services Center
Phone: (912) 478-1447

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


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. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores..
  4. Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics–Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
  5. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog).
  6. Submit a letter of intent (using the required format) that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and describes their desire to learn strategies that integrate cultural experiences, values, and understanding into the P-5 teaching and learning environment.
  7. Two (2) Initial Disposition Assessments using the proper form (which can be found here). Assessments request should be made to current or former supervisors, colleagues or faculty members.
  8. Acknowledge ”Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
  9. 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 75 (internet-based test, IBT), 204 (computer-based test) or 537 (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.
  10. Select the delivery option you are applying to: Either (1) the hybrid format that is based on the Armstrong/Savannah campus or (2) the 100% online format.

NOTE: All new MAT Elementary Education candidates must attend an on-campus orientation meeting in order to meet registration requirements. The summer 2019 orientation for new admits to the online MAT Elementary Education program is scheduled for May 17-19 on Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service (


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:

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
Armstrong Campus  Does Not Admit

Armstrong ONLY

December 1*

March 15*
Online Program Does Not Admit Does Not Admit March 15*

* We are currently accepting applications for the M.A.T. Elementary Education Online Program only.  The M.A.T Elementary Education Hybrid/Armstrong Campus Program is NOT accepting applications at the present time.  Please continue to check this page for the latest program updates.

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 2/14/2019

Office of Graduate Admissions • PO Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5384 •