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Master of Arts in Teaching

Major Information

The College of Education’s Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education offers graduate teacher preparation certification programs to prepare students to teach a variety of grade levels and subjects depending on the concentration chosen. The MAT program has a social justice focus and it is designed to prepare elementary school teachers to practice Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Students learn to teach a specific subject or a broad set of courses. They also learn to plan lessons and design projects that both motivate and challenge students.  

Teachers can have a great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals.  Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills.  Teachers can be found in almost every sector of society, and they instruct a wide range of topics.  While specific course requirements vary among disciplines, most teachers will fulfill the academic requirements of a major in a chosen field; be literate in the history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and methodology of education; and have developed initial teaching skills through supervised clinical experiences.  

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching


  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Middle Grades Education (4-8)
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
    • Concentrations in Biology, Broad Fields Science, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science (must currently hold a bachelor’s degree in one of these areas)
  • Spanish Education
  • Special Education 

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Curriculum Specialist*
  • Educational Administrator/Principal*
  • Educational Researcher*
  • Educational Resource Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • High School Teacher
  • Instructor, College/University*
  • Librarian*
  • Media Center Specialist*
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • Social Services Worker
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Student Personnel Administrator*
  • Student Affairs Administrator*
  • Student Admissions Administrator*
  • Training Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor*

Sample Work Settings

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Camps & Youth Services
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Churches & Community Centers
  • State and Federal Government Agencies

Sample Employers

  • Bulloch County 
  • Gwinnett County
  • Savannah-Chatham County
  • Cobb County 
  • Fulton County
  • Houston County
  • DeKalb County
  • Columbia County
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Forsyth County
  • Henry County
  • Clarke County
  • Evans County 
  • Georgia Cyber Academy
  • Georgia Virtual School

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

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Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey


Professional Organizations

American Federation of Teachers  

American Educational Research Association

Association of Teacher Educators  

Georgia Association of Educators  

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

National Association of Educators

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Graduate Student Organization 

Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE)

Professional Tips

  • Make the most of your field experiences in the schools and maintain a high level of professionalism.
  • Gain various volunteer experiences, especially in areas working with children such as Boys/Girls Club, Special Olympics, etc. 
  • Seek leadership opportunities when available.
  • Join professional associations and attend conferences.  
  • Consider partnering with a faculty member for additional research experience. 

Résumé Tips

  • Include correct degree title –Master of Arts in Teaching 
  • Include either in the Education section or a separate certification section information about passing the GACE.  
  • Include field experiences and volunteer experience, especially anything working with children.
  • Include technology skills such as Microsoft Office, SmartBoards, InterWrite, Google Docs, etc. 
  • Education résumés can be 2 pages.

Last updated: 6/26/2013