Master of Arts in Teaching

A MAT alumnus and theatre teacher poses for a photo with her students in the background

Apply your experience and education as a teacher by pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. This 100% online program prepares students, who already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, to transition to becoming classroom teachers in elementary school, middle school, high school or special education. The curriculum focuses heavily on classroom instructional skills, and after you graduate and pass the GACE certification exam, you will be certified and possess the tools and experience you need to better the lives of your students. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching has four program options

Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education 

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education prepares students who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in any subject for initial certification to teach Pre-K through 5th grade. 

Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education prepares students who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in any subject for initial certification to teach 4th grade through 8th grade. Students in this program will choose two concentrations to better prepare for the classroom after graduation. Concentration options are English language arts, mathematics, reading, science and social studies. 

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education 

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education prepares students who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in specific majors for initial certification to teach 6th through 12th grade. The following majors will be considered for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • English
  • History (or related social science) 
  • Mathematics 
  • Physics 

Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education 

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education prepares students who have a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited university for initial certification to teach general special education curriculum, from Pre-K through 12th grade.  

Duration: 5 semesters
Start term: Fall and spring
Class type: Online
Location: Online 

Student opportunities 

  • Earn certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to teach the grade levels associated with your program after passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE)
  • Take coursework fully online
  • Complete in-person field experiences and student teaching in a variety of settings 
  • Thrive in small classes, which allow you to work directly with faculty members, who  have experience working as public or private school teachers, or administrators 

Potential careers

  • Preschool teacher or director
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher 

Admissions requirements 

  • 2.75 GPA on all college transcripts
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university 

Note: Brenau may consider an applicant who does not meet all stated requirements, but who, in the opinion of the appropriate department, may be a good candidate for admission to the University. Coursework taken at another university may be eligible for transfer if the credit matches the Brenau M.A.T. curriculum. A maximum of six credit hours will be considered if the students achieved a grade of a ‘B’ or higher. 

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