Master of Arts in Teaching

There is no greater calling today than the teaching profession-or more rewarding one. Skilled, confident, compassionate teachers-the kind of teachers Brenau has a reputation for graduating-continually find themselves highly sought after by school systems throughout Georgia, the South and beyond. At Brenau University, the graduate education department prides itself on training skilled, reflective teachers who become leaders in their schools.

What concentrations are offered?

**For the secondary MAT, the undergraduate degree must be in English, history, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry or theatre.

Program Highlights

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Teaching is to facilitate professional development that prepares potential educators for initial certification in teaching. The program offers graduate preparation for initial certification for individuals with degrees from regionally accredited institutions.
This is an ideal degree for candidates who have:

  • Earned a degree in another field or discipline and selected a career change to teaching
  • Have a strong background in math, science, language arts, or the social sciences and now wants to have a career teaching in one of those disciplines
  • Desires the pedagogical knowledge needed to be a successful classroom teacher.
Why would you want to pursue the degree at Brenau University?
  • Courses are taught at two locations making coursework readily available for program completion
  • Candidate can pursue an internship with a school system while completing the program
  • Candidate becomes certified while also pursuing a master’s degree
Who is the ideal candidate for this program?
  • Hold a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 3.0
  • Minimum MAT or GRE at the 25th percentile
  • Produce three letters of reference one of which must come from a school administrator if the candidate is employed in a school system
  • Interview (to be scheduled after the above items are reviewed by the faculty)
  • Writing sample (to be completed during the interview)
  • Passing GACE Basic Skills or ACT/SAT/GRE exemption
  • For Secondary Education majors Passing scores on GACE II content exam is necessary
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I learn more? To find out more information please fill out the contact information formand we will be incontact with you soon.
  • How long will the program take? Approximately two years including student teaching or the internship.
  • When does the program begin? You can begin the program at any time during the year.
  • Are any of the courses offered online? Currently three of the required courses are offered in an online format.
  • Will I have an advisor to help me with my program? All MAT students are assigned a faculty member for advisement throughout the program.
  • Are the courses offered at both campuses and frequently enough for me to complete my program on time? Courses are offered in Gainesville and Atlanta and often enough so candidates can complete the program in a timely manner.
  • Is the class size small? Class size varies with the number of candidates in a degree program taking that course. Classes are capped with thirty students.
Contact Information
Dr. Ann Wheeler
Early Childhood, Middle Grades
& Secondary Education
awheeler@brenau.edu
770.446.2900 ex 108
Dr. Rebecca Penwell-Cooper
Early Childhood
& Middle Grades
rpenwell@brenau.edu
770.446.2900 ex 110
Dr.Vince Yamilkoski
Special Education
vyamilkoski@brenau.edu
770.534.6134
Dr.Hazel Katz
Secondary Education
hkatz@brenau.edu
770-534-6229

Additional Faculty Members

College of Education

Office of Graduate Admissions



General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100