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Renowned in the field of middle school reform, our MAT in Middle Grades Education degree (grades 4-8) is one of the oldest programs in the nation.

Our faculty is at the forefront of understanding the unique learning contexts of middle schools and the resources and needs of adolescents. By completing the program, you will earn both a master's degree and Georgia teacher certification.

Program Highlights

  1. Ranked No. 5 in the nation by US News & World Report
  2. Internationally recognized faculty
  3. Leads to Georgia teacher certification in grades 4-8 in two subject areas
  4. Full-time student status necessary to complete this program

Deadline to Apply

July 1 to start in August each year

Faculty and Curriculum

The MAT in Middle Grades Education degree requires a mix of graduate coursework (for the master's degree) and certification coursework (for teacher certification).

Graduate coursework covers the following four areas:

  1. Educational foundations (1 course):
    Topics include the history of philosophy of education; race, class and gender in education; human development; and ethics and democracy in education.
  2. Characteristics, programs, and problems of the middle school (5 courses):
    These courses cover topics such as: the philosophy behind middle schools, service-learning, young adolescent learners, planning and instruction in middle schools, evaluation and assessment in middle schools, and the role of family-school-community interactions.
  3. Subject matter content in the middle school (6 courses, 3 courses in two subject areas):
    These courses provide the opportunity for MAT students to study deeply in the subject area content they teach, taking undergraduate and graduate coursework in mathematics, science, social studies, and/or language arts depending on content areas of certification.

The certification coursework includes three semester-long field experiences in grades 4-8 classrooms in public schools, including one semester of full-time student teaching.

Additional certification requirements include passing:

  • Major requirements
  • Area of emphasis requirements (9 courses)
  • GACE I and II area of emphasis assessments
  • Successfully completing the edTPA portfolio

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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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

The MAT program benefits from a relationship with the UGA/Clarke County Schools Professional Development School District partnership. The mission of this partnership is to improve education through a student-centered approach, specialized learning engagement, and critical inquiry.

As a student, you can become a member of various student organizations, including the UGA chapter of the Association for Middle Level Education, the Feminist Scholar-Activists, and the Graduate Student Organization.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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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 Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)


  • Cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses should be 2.8 or above on a four-point scale


For those interested in the MAT program, the Middle Grades Education Program suggests the following application dates:

  • July 1 to start in August each year

Application materials

  • Graduate School Entrance Exam
    Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above are exempt from the entrance exam requirement.
  • Graduate School Letters of Recommendation
    Not required; for the section of the Graduate School application requesting three letters of recommendation, simply enter "Not Applicable" for all three in the application.

Mail or email the following supplemental materials to the Department of Educational Theory and Practice

US Mail:
Linda Dunbar Assistant to the Graduate Coordinator University of Georgia | College of Education 110 Carlton St | Aderhold 630-D Athens, GA 30602

Linda Dunbar <>

  • Resume
    Particular format is not required
  • Statement of Purpose
    Examine the Middle Grades Education Program's commitments and respond to the three application questions. Each response should be 350-500 words.

    Go to the Commitments and Application Questions

When all of the Graduate School's application materials have been received, they are reviewed by the Middle Grades Education program faculty. The faculty may request additional materials from applicants before making a recommendation on the application. The faculty make a recommendation to the Department of Educational Theory and Practice's graduate coordinator, who in turn makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. The final decision on admissions is made by the Graduate School. Applicants and the department will receive notification directly from the Graduate School concerning a decision on acceptance

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
July 1 to start in August each year

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