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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, the 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 leads to initial certification and is not appropriate for teachers who already hold clear, renewable certificates.
Currently, there are five concentrations within the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, including Secondary English (6-12), Secondary Mathematics (6-12), Secondary Science (6-12), Special Education (P-12), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL; P-12).
Please see https://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/departments/smge/programs/mat/index.php Please review the general KSU Graduate Admissions requirements. All concentrations required the following:
- Online Graduate Application
- GACE Program Admission Test
- Georgia Educator Ethics Entry Assessment
- PSC Application for Pre-Service Certification
- Personal Statement
- Two Letters of Recommendation
*Individual concentrations may have additional admission requirements:
Secondary English (6-12)
- A bachelor’s degree in English from an accredited institution or completion of 18 prerequisite hours in English with a 2.75/4.0 GPA.
- The requirements for completion of the Masters of Arts in Teaching include an earned cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all graduate coursework at Kennesaw State University; successful completion of all field experiences; candidates must attempt GACE II Subject Area - English I and II (http://gace.ets.org) only during student teaching. These tests are required for certification.
Secondary Mathematics (6-12)
- A bachelor’s degree in mathematics from an accredited institution or completion of Calculus I and II with grades of “C” or better.
Secondary Science (6-12)
- A passing score on the GACE Content Assessments in the subject area for which a candidate seeks certification from KSU (biology, chemistry, or physics) are required as part of the application packet prior to beginning clinical experience (in the fall semester).
Special Education (P-12)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (P-12)
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. For more information, please view the corresponding section of Academic Policies .
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