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Share your passion for social sciences and how governments work with a Double Dawgs pathway that combines an undergraduate degree in political science with a master of arts in teaching in the area of social studies. Take undergraduate classes focusing on your passion for government, then take graduate-level courses focusing on teaching theory and practice.

You will leave UGA with an advanced knowledge of your content area, solid teaching skills drawn from real-world classroom experience, and the ability to teach at a higher salary level.


  • Become certified to teach in grades 4-8 or at the high school level
  • Develop strong communication and leadership skills
  • Enter the teaching workforce at a T-5 certification level (master's-level salary)


Application Process

Application decisions are usually made within two to three weeks of a complete application. Late applications that come in after the mid-March target deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and those decisions generally will be made within two to three weeks of a complete application.

If you are admitted to the Double Dawgs pathway that leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching, you will need to obtain a preservice certificate. More information about the steps to apply will be provided after admission.

Admissions Criteria

All current undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a Double Dawgs program. Please email the program's pathway advisor for more information.

The program faculty may request additional materials before admissions decisions are finalized. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • Statement of purpose (short essay)
  • Official transcripts

If your Grade Point Average for at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is 3.0 or above, you will NOT have to take an entrance exam.

If your Grade Point Average for 60 hours of coursework is below 3.0, you will be required to take an entrance exam. You will have the option of taking either the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.

Deadline to Apply

The social studies Master of Arts in Teaching program uses a cohort model, and cohorts begin in the fall semester each year. We accept applications on a rolling basis, beginning Oct. 15, for the first cohort of Double Dawg students. Prospective students can apply during the entire year before their intended fall semester start, up to July 1 before fall semester begins in August.

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study. You will typically begin with an undergraduate advisor and, as you are accepted to the Double Dawgs pathway, you will be paired with a graduate advisor.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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