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If you have already earned a BA or BS, the MAT in English Education is designed to prepare you for a certified secondary-school teaching position in English or the study of literature and other texts, instruction in composition, and language study.

This 10-month program will quickly immerse you in a number of in-school contexts with students, culminating in a full-time student-teaching semester.

Our faculty are experienced middle and high school teachers who integrate teaching, research, and service to cultivate theoretically sound and practically applicable knowledge in each student's degree program.


  1. Our selective admissions allow for personal attention
  2. Program combines campus courses and field experiences
  3. Faculty work with emerging digital media
  4. Students learn about traditional and new literacy practices
  5. Endorsements may be included in programs of study


We designed our classes to prepare you for the essential duties expected of you in your classrooms. Our program helps jump-start your career by giving you more practice-tested, theoretically-informed knowledge and strategies than a typical teacher education program.

As a teacher candidate, you will take specific courses in:

  • The teaching of writing
  • The teaching of language (including both grammar and an understanding of linguistic diversity and the politics of language usage)
  • The teaching of literature (including specific attention to young adult literature)
  • The teaching of reading
  • The planning of instruction that takes all dimensions of the curriculum into account

In addition to such subject-specific preparation, you will learn about learners themselves with a special focus on diversity (through various required courses). Our culturally-relevant teaching combines with an introduction to a host of technological tools that equips you for effective student instruction.

You will take 36 hours of 12 required graduate courses. The program includes:

  • Field experiences with English-language arts students throughout all four semesters of the program
  • Concluding your program by producing a portfolio that connects together all that you learned during your studies

Through your coursework, you will design practical classroom activities to use in your student teaching and ultimately in your career. Students in this accelerated 10-month program enter in the summer and take courses in the subsequent fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Additional endorsements are possible as part of this program.

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


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.

Applicants must take or exempt the GACE to be admitted to the program. 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 the third week of January. The program does accept and consider additional applications through the end of April. Each new cohort begins coursework in June.

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Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

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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Student Life

Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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