Contact: Melinda Ross
Office: KH 1314
Web address: http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/majors-programs/masters-degrees/master-arts-teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree leads to initial certification of well-qualified candidates. The MAT is standards-based and meets the requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the Georgia Board of Regents. Our innovative teacher preparation programs respond to state needs and contribute to the learning and achievement of Georgia's increasingly diverse public school population. The responsibility for teacher education is shared by faculty in the College of the Arts, Bagwell College of Education, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the Graduate College, in collaboration with master teachers and administrators in local schools.
Course work emphasizes scholarly rigor through research-based practices and engagement in a variety of field-based projects, as well as, supervised clinical experiences. Technology and multicultural considerations are infused throughout the programs. This master's degree lead to initial certification and is not appropriate for teachers who already hold clear, renewable certificates.
Currently, there are ten concentrations within the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, including Art Education (P-12), Foreign Language (Spanish and Chinese, P-12), Middle Grades Mathematics/ Science Education (4-8), Secondary English (6-12), Secondary Mathematics (6-12), Secondary Biology (6-12), Secondary Chemistry (6-12), Secondary Physics (6-12), , Special Education (P-12), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (P-12).
General Requirements for Admission to Master of Arts in Teaching
Please see http://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/majors-programs/masters-degrees/master-arts-teaching.
*Individual programs have additional admission requirements. See "Additional Admission Requirements" in each of the following programs section which follow.
*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.
All application materials will be reviewed by the program admission committee in assessing the applicant's potential for success in the program. Admissions will be competitive.
Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (ABM) Degree Option for the Master of Arts in Teaching
Qualified KSU undergraduate students may qualify for the ABM Degree option. Contact the program coordinator listed in the specific degree areas below for more information and refer to the section of the graduate catalog that describes the requirements for consideration.
The requirements for completion of the Masters of Arts in Teaching include:
- completion of a minimum of 36 hours of approved graduate course work with no grades below "C" (See Academic Policies of Graduate Catalog for more information about grades of "C" and below.);
- completion of a minimum of 27 semester hours of the minimum 48 hours in full standing at Kennesaw State University;
- an earned cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all graduate coursework at Kennesaw State University;
- successful completion of all field experiences; and
- successful completion of a professional portfolio.
Graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions must be evaluated and approved by the department chair. A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of "B" or better) may be applied toward a degree program. No courses will be accepted for transfer credit if they are more than five years old at the time of evaluation. Transfer credit includes all course work accepted into the MAT program prior to admission in full standing (maximum nine semester hours), whether earned at another institution or at Kennesaw State University.
Petition to Graduate
Each MAT candidate must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. The Petition to Graduate form can be found online at http://registrar.kennesaw.edu/graduation/petitioning.php.
Programs of Study
The Bagwell College of Education offers several options for the Master of Arts in Teaching. Please select from the following:
Foreign Languages M.A.T
Middle Grades Education MAT