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MAT in Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)

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.


  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


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

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 Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8)


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

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 Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Miller Analogy Test (MAT).
  • Graduate School Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation are required.

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

Deadline To Apply

  • July 1 (to start in August each year)

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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.

Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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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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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

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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