If you are already certified, look primarily at an MEd, MA, EdS, EdD, or PhD in the subject of your choice to upgrade an existing teaching certificate. If your undergraduate degree did not lead to teaching certification, peruse our MAT degree options to earn your master's and become certified to teach in Georgia at the same time.
If you don't have a bachelor's degree yet, you'll want to start with a BSEd or dual degree program.
We have many non-teacher programs — counseling, exercise science, communications sciences, quantitative methodology, educational policy, just to name a few — that lead to different practitioner or research-oriented career paths. Try one of our MA, MS, EdS, EdD, or PhD programs related to your specialized field.
Find a program below that interests you to learn more about how it stacks up against your career goals.
Earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years (or less) with this program through the College of Education and other partnering schools and colleges across UGA.
Our highly ranked undergraduate degree offerings emphasize a solid foundation in traditional and emerging educational principles, allied health and well-being approaches, hands-on learning, and in-class experience across diverse disciplines.
Dual degree programs combine studies in the University of Georgia College of Education and other colleges within the University of Georgia. These programs offer you the opportunity to connect your deep interest in an academic area with your passion for educating others. You can generally earn both degrees in the same amount of time as pursuing a single degree.
Take your career to the next level with our highly regarded master of education degree programs. With flexible formats and online learning options, full-time teachers and full-time learners alike will find programs to suit their needs. Our theoretically grounded, experientially rich programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation and will prepare you to excel in your field.
The master of arts in teaching (MAT) focuses on advancing your teaching career and improving your classroom skills. The College of Education offers MAT degrees in a variety of subjects to give you the opportunity to dive deeply into your area of interest. Each option provides both field experience in the classroom and an exploration of pedagogical theory and implementation.
Forge a future beyond classroom teaching in our highly regarded, research-based master's programs. You will research and complete your master's thesis while furthering studies in your chosen discipline. These programs prepare you for doctoral studies, and many are offered in flexible formats including online and part-time options.
Our master of science (MS) degree offers two different career tracks. The thesis programs engage you in research and advanced scholarly study with the goal of pursuing a PhD or a career in research. The non-thesis programs provide advanced training in a specialized area with a focus on real-world application.
Further your advanced studies with our esteemed educational specialist programs. Designed for those who already earned a master's degree but don't necessarily want a doctoral degree (though some graduates decide to pursue a doctoral degree after completing a specialist program), these in-depth programs prepare you for leadership positions, university teaching, curriculum planning, consulting, and beyond. Many of our programs also result in certificate upgrades or endorsements.
Achieve the highest academic degree in your field through our highly ranked doctoral programs. Work closely with our accomplished faculty on producing original research and gaining the experience to become a leader in your profession. Many of our programs are individually crafted, allowing you to pursue your unique scholarly interests.
The Doctor of Education (EdD) prepares students to teach at the college level or take on a professional role in education. Our programs use a practical, entrepreneurial, and technical approach rather than a purely research-based focus. You'll develop skills that allow you to make wide-ranging changes and an important educational impact at an organizational level, such as in school administration.