24-30 months | Credit Hours: 33

The Master of Arts in Teaching is available for those who would like to add a Georgia Educator Certificate to an existing undergraduate degree. The MAT in Secondary Education is delivered primarily online, with field experiences in public schools, and leads to a master's degree with teaching certification in grades 6 - 12. The program is a good fit for those who  are career changers, provisionally-certified teachers, or recent college graduates. See www.westga.edu/coelai


Noyce MAT Impact Fellow Scholarship (link)

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the MAT Impact Fellow Scholarship will provide financial and developmental support to scholarship recipients, providing fellows a unique and comprehensive educational experience in the MAT Secondary Education Math/Science program. Graduates will be better prepared to become successful educators in STEM fields, and will also be provided access to continued professional development. Spots are limited, apply today!

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The Masters in Art in Teaching degree is housed in the College of Education Department of Leadership and Instruction.  Upon completion of this program, the candidate will earn a master's degree that leads to teaching certification in grades 6 - 12 in the state of Georgia. The certification areas for which this degree is available include:

    • Biology
    • Broad Field Science
    • Business Education (34 hours)
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Political Science

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Some hybrid courses. Two graduate content courses must be taken. They may or may not be online. Clinical experiences required.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 33-34
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools. Students will pay for 33 hours (34 hours for Business Education) of tuition plus a $150 internship supervision fee and current University fees.

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    The program requires 33 hours (34 hours for Business Education) of coursework if the student has all the necessary prerequisites for admission.  It involves both classroom and clinical experiences.  Many of the courses are delivered online.  Others are offered at times that accomodate working professionals. The program is housed in the Department of Leadership and Instruction, with details under Secondary Education.

    Below are sample courses that students will select from:

    General

    • SPED-6706 - Special Education in the Regular Classroom

      Study of characteristics, identification, and support needs of exceptional children and youth. Includes basic teaching strategies and supportive techniques/resources for meeting needs of pupils with special needs in the regular classroom. Designed for non-special education majors. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in SPED 6706 or department approved alternative to meet the special education requirement of Georgia House Bill No. 671 and be recommended for educator certification in Georgia. The grade requirement of "B" or better is effective July 1, 2019, for courses completed on or after that date.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Students must hold a bachelor's degree in an accepted area from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
    • A 2.7 GPA is required for admission
    • Students must pass or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment (formerly GACE Basic Skills). Exemption options are:  
      • ACT score of 43 or higher (English + Math)
      • SAT score of 1000 (Verbal + Math) if taken prior to 7/1/19. If taken after 7/1/19, SAT score of 1080 (Evidence Based Reading/ Writing + Math)
      • GRE score of 297 (Verbal + Quantitative) (1030 if prior to 8/1/2011) 
    • Pass the GACE Content in the appropriate field
    • Submit proof of GACE Educator Ethics (test # 360)

    Noyce MAT Impact Fellow Scholarship (link)

    Funded by the National Science Foundation, the MAT Impact Fellow Scholarship will provide financial and developmental support to scholarship recipients, providing fellows a unique and comprehensive educational experience in the MAT Secondary Education Math/Science program. Graduates will be better prepared to become successful educators in STEM fields, and will also be provided access to continued professional development. Spots are limited, apply today!

    Application Deadlines

    To guarantee that your application will be reviewed for admission for the semester you are applying, the online application, application fee, and official transcripts for all colleges or universities attended must be submitted by the deadline posted.

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions
    Phone: 678-839-1393
    Email: graduate@westga.edu

    For MAT in Secondary Education advising, contact Ms. Bethany Schmelzer (bschmelz@westga.edu) 678-839-5539 or 678-839-6050.

    For information about the GaPSC GACE exam or for the latest GACE newsletter

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    • The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
    • The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support thier intellectual, social, and personal development.
    • The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
    • The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students.
    • The teacher uses an understanding individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positve social interaction, active engagements in learning, and self-motivation.
    • The teacher uses knowlege of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
    • The teacher plans instruction based upon knowlege of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
    • The teacher understands and uses formal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
    • The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
    • The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students.