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.
Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics–Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog).
Submit a letter of intent that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study, and describes their commitment to explore, acknowledge, and appreciate the home and community culture of their future students, and explains their desire to learn strategies that integrate cultural experiences, values, and understanding into the P-5 teaching and learning environment.
One (1) Initial Disposition Assessment. Assessment to be completed by the applicant. The form can be located here.
Acknowledge ”Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
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.
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 a three-day on-campus orientation in order to meet registration requirements. The summer 2020 orientation for new admits to the online MAT Elementary Education program is scheduled for May 15-17, 2020 on Georgia Southern University’s Statesboro campus.
*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.(www.naces.org)
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.
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*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: 7/1/2019
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