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Our MAT in Science Education is for students who have a bachelor's degree in science and wish to earn initial teaching certification in a secondary science field (biology, chemistry, earth/space science, or physics, grades 6-12) at the T-5 (advanced) level.

Science education at UGA emphasizes curriculum and teaching practices informed by the most current research and closely aligning with national standards established by the National Science Teachers Association and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Students wishing to earn initial certification without getting a master's degree should apply to the non-degree certification program instead.

Highlights

  1. Earn initial certification at an advanced level
  2. Program may be completed in 1 full-time year
  3. Field experiences in both middle and high school

Faculty and Curriculum

You will take courses in educational psychology, special education, and science education, including practical experiences in both middle and high school science classrooms and a full-time, semester-long student teaching experience.

Students must be full-time for two academic-year semesters in order to complete the coursework required for certification. You will take graduate-level courses during the summer semester.

Your graduate-level coursework in science education will be specific to educational research, teaching strategies, curriculum, integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and other topics.

The capstone requirement for the degree is a certification portfolio, incorporating samples of work during all phases of the program, and students' reflective commentaries on that work.

Based on your background, additional science courses may be required. Please refer to the Useful Links for more information.

Our Faculty

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program. Learn more about our faculty and their expertise.

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Admissions

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 Science Education

Students in the MAT in Science Education are presumed to hold a bachelor's degree in a core science field (biology, chemistry, earth/space science, or physics). Applicants with a science-related major or with a more limited coursework background in one of the core science areas will have their transcripts evaluated by our faculty to determine if further undergraduate-level science content coursework must be completed before admission to the program.

A GRE score report is required for admission to the Science Education Program, which should be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

By state mandate, applicants must have an absolute minimum undergraduate (or combined undergraduate and graduate) GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission, and few applicants are admitted without a GPA of at least 3.0.

Deadline to Apply

  • February 15 (fall)
  • September 15 (spring)

Late applications may be considered.

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Meet Your Advisor

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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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Student Life

Student Life

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