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The Master of Arts in Teaching degree leads to certification as a secondary school mathematics teacher (grades 6-12) and is intended for professionals with a bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related field who also have a strong mathematics background.

All certification requirements, including those that are not specifically part of the degree program (e.g., undergraduate courses) must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.


  1. Change to a fulfilling career as a teacher
  2. Become a certified teacher in four semesters
  3. 100% employment rate at graduation
  4. Designed for a spring or summer start


Our program consists of at least 46 hours of coursework, including a final written comprehensive examination.

Coursework includes both required and elective courses in:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics education

Courses address content, curriculum, and teaching methods, while also addressing the use of technology for teaching and learning mathematics. Field experiences, including student teaching, are an essential part of the program.

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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. We suggest that applicants submit their official GRE or MAT scores during application, but these are not required for applying for admittance.

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Part 2: Apply to the MAT in Mathematics Education

We base admissions decisions on a variety of factors including past performance in course work, especially mathematics course work, GPAs in past degree programs, entrance exam scores, and letters of recommendation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completion of at least 2 semesters of calculus
  • 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

While completing the Graduate School application, you will need to provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation:
    You will identify your letter writers and their email addresses when you apply, and they will receive an email from the Graduate School asking them to complete the form online. Choose recommenders who know your academic work well and can speak to your capacity to engage in graduate level study of mathematics, to perform well in courses requiring high levels of reading and writing, to work as a classroom teacher, and to be successful in a graduate program. Do not solicit "character references" from friends, family, or people you know socially.
  • Transcripts:
    Applicants should submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Official transcripts are not required during the review process and will only be required for applicants who are offered admission. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission.
  • If submitting test scores:
    Have your GRE scores sent directly to UGA using the institution code 5813.
  • Statement of purpose:
    Please tell us why you are interested in the program for which you're applying. Please include any relevant experiences which have driven your interest.

Apply to Upcoming Cohort

Application Deadline

Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are due by 5 p.m., September 30, 2020.

Application Materials

  1. Common application
  2. Tutoring Requirement Documentation

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions will be made by October for Spring admission. You will be notified about the admission decision via email by the program coordinator or other program contact.

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Admissions Contact

Kelly Edenfield Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education Mary Frances Early College of Education 105 Aderhold Hall University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602

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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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