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If you have already earned a BA or BS degree, the MAT in English Education is designed to prepare you for a certified secondary-school teaching position in grades 6-12 English. You will leverage your growing understanding of our content areas (e.g. literature, writing, reading, speaking) to bring them alive alongside students from a variety of contexts and experiences. Coursework will challenge you to consider critical perspectives, multimodal and digital literacy practices, and what it means to teach English in a way that leads to a more equitable society.


  1. Program integrates methods coursework with a range of area field placements in middle and high school contexts.
  2. Choice in program pathways/timelines allows for options in pacing program coursework.
  3. Study alongside nationally recognized faculty and doctoral students


Beginning in the Fall of 2022, this program will offer two different timelines/cohorts. The first offers students a two-year pathway through a sequence of specific field experiences in area middle and high school contexts alongside coursework in teaching methods. This pathway cohort begins in the Fall of each semester year.

The second pathway is an accelerated, four-semester pathway through the same required field experiences and courses, offering students a highly rigorous and intensive route into classroom teaching. This pathway cohort begins in the Spring of each semester year.

Program coursework intentionally interweaves hands-on experiences in secondary classrooms with an exploration of pedagogies and methods in deliberately sequenced coursework. The cohort model allows students to learn what it means to teach alongside a community of peers working in similar placements and in the same sequence of courses. Further, students work with a dedicated community of experienced mentor teachers who work alongside faculty and university supervisors as teacher educators.

The typical degree consists of 36 hours of graduate coursework alongside 12 hours of student teaching (completed in the final Spring semester of enrollment). Students will have their transcripts reviewed at the point of admission to develop a customized course plan, given individual professional goals and potential needs depending on the focuses of their BA/BS studies.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MAT in English Education

The MAT in English Education only accepts applicants for Fall admission.

While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Current resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Your 3 letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.

The state of Georgia now requires that all teacher prep candidates either pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment or exempt it (1000 Verbal + Math SAT, 43 English + Math ACT or 297 Verbal + Quantitative GRE) before they can be accepted into programs. The state also requires that all candidates have a minimum 2.5 GPA on undergraduate or previous graduate work. Go to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website for details. Information on exempting the GACE

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of program faculty members. Although the program recommends at least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, most applicants greatly exceed that. Those candidates whose undergraduate grades do not represent their future potential should use the essay portions of the application to make their case for admission.

Deadline to Apply

First round of admissions occurs on April 15 for Fall cohort start (beginning 2022) and October 15 for Spring Accelerated Cohort Start (beginning 2023). The program does accept and consider additional applications beyond these dates but only as spaces are available within cohorts.

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A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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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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