Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a Major in Middle Grades Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a major in Middle Grades Education and concentrations in Math and Science Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. The core program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include professional education preparation and is comprised of a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate course work in professional education. Successful completion of the M.A.T. with a major in Middle Grades Education (grades 4-8) leads to a T-5 Georgia Certification in Middle Grades mathematics and Science.

M.A.T. Admission

In order to be admitted to any of the M.A.T. programs, the applicant should complete and submit the following:

  1. University Admissions Form including application fee, if applicable
  2. Two professional recommendations (pdf) using the College of Education format
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  4. Verification of immunization (pdf)
  5. Pass (or exempt) the GACE PRogram Admission assessment (Exemption scores are SAT 1000 or higher; ACT combined English and Math 45 or higher)
  6. Pass the GACE Program Entry Ethics assessment
  7. Obtain a Preservice Teaching certificate (see: http:/

Applicants for graduate programs in the College of Education must take the Georgia College Graduate Writing Assessment, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants must pass the Georgia College Graduate Writing Assessment for admission; or present an official test score that is no more than six years old on the GRE General Test of at least 1,000 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken before August 1, 2011, or at least 305 (verbal and quantitative combined) on the GRE if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or at least 400 on the MAT. Graduates of Georgia College may waive the graduate admissions test requirements.  

M.A.T. Program Orientations

A required orientation program for new students in M.A.T. programs is held prior to the start of the program.


The Departmental Chairpersons, in cooperation with the departmental admission committees and program coordinators, assign each fully admitted student to a Mentor Leader of the M.A.T. cohort. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with this Mentor Leader.

Program of Study

The Master of Arts in Teaching Middle Grades Education requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work. The degree program must be completed within six years, beginning with the initial date of coursework. Students may be required to take additional semester hours in order to qualify for certification in a particular content area. Only those courses listed on the Program of Graduate Study fulfill degree requirements. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor prior to course enrollment and a Change of Graduate Program of Study form submitted to the Department Chairperson.

Exit Requirements

All students must take the applicable edTPA exam for their content areas, take the applicable content area GACE exam, and pass the Program Completion GACE Ethics exam. 

Dismissal Policy

Any course in which a student earns less than a C will not be counted for graduate credit in the student’s master’s degree program, and any course in which a student earns less than a B will not be counted for graduate credit in the educational specialist programs. A graduate student will be placed on academic probation if the student’s institutional grade point average falls below 3.0 at any point during his or her graduate studies. A graduate student will be dismissed from the program if his/her grade point average stays below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.


As iterated in the student Honor Code, academic honesty is a critical component of the academic process in the Middle Grades programs.  Submitting another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism; allowing another student to copy one’s own work is cheating.  Both, along with any other evidence of academic dishonesty, will be dealt with using the procedures outlined in the Graduate Catalog

Program of Study

Course Requirements

EDMG 5001Prof Seminar & Field Studies


EDMG 5212Learning and the Learner


EDMG 5250Pedagogy & Nature/Disciplines


EDMG 5002Prof Sem/Field Studies/MG MAT


EDMG 5240Curriculum & Instruction


EDMG 5245Curriculum & Assessment


EDRD 5210The Teaching of Reading


EDRD 6000Theo & Proc of Lit Learning

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EDRD 6001Reading Assessment


EDEX 6111Exceptional Ind in Reg Classes


EDMG 5255Family/School/Community


EDMG 5243Capstone


EDMG 5960Internship


Total Credit Hours: 36

  • A candidate who has not fulfilled minimum certification requirements in the teaching field is required to take additional work in the content area.
  • GACE Content Assessment passed.
  • Portfolio Presentation successfully completed.
  • The M.A.T. requires an overall 3.0 GPA for graduation. Courses in which the student has earned less than a C cannot be counted for degree credit. Cohort programs require satisfactory completion of each semester in order to move on to the next semester.


Further Information

Prospective students desiring further information on graduate programs may contact Shanda Brand, Graduate Admissions Advisor, at Georgia College, Campus Box 70, Milledgeville, GA 31061.


Phone: 478-445-1383.  (Toll free in Georgia at 1-800-342-0471, extension 1383.)