MAT in Workforce Education (Trade and Industrial Education)
The MAT in Workforce Education program is designed for students who wish to earn initial certification in a career and technical education (CTE) instructional field at an advanced level (T-5).
The Trade and Industrial Education area of emphasis is for those who have a professional background in fields such as
- Architectural drawing
- Construction trades (carpentry, electrical, plumbing, etc.)
- Welding and metalworking
- Graphic design and graphic arts
- Broadcast video
- Law enforcement and public safety
- Information technology (web design, programming, computer networking, etc.)
- Automotive technology
- Aircraft maintenance and flight operations
- Cosmetology and barbering
Our program combines your professional specialization and expertise with promising teaching practices, leading to competency in:
- Managing career and technical education programs in Georgia K-12 schools
- Designing and developing both content and skill-based instruction
- Utilizing workable research strategies in your own classroom and school
- Cultivating students' work ethic, communication skills, and capacity for innovation
- Leads to initial teacher certification in the Career and Technical Specializations (6-12)
- One of the top workforce education programs in the country
- Flagship workforce development program in Georgia
- Produces leaders in industry knowledge as well as current international trends
- Prepares graduates to proactively identify workforce trends
Our faculty have developed a research-based model that focuses on career development, work ethic, and innovation to strategically prepare a global workforce who can successfully navigate work, even in jobs that do not exist at the time education and training take place.
The MAT in Workforce Education requires a minimum of 48 credit hours of coursework, divided into four categories:
- Core professional education (24 hours)
- Education research (3 hours)
- Teaching internship (12 hours)
- Certification area of emphasis (9+ hours, depending on academic background)
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Read FAQs About the Workforce Education Programs
Teacher candidates must (1) apply for a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate prior to beginning field experience and (2) complete several assessments prior to certification.
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 Workforce Education (Trade and Industrial Education)
To qualify for admission, students must have earned an undergraduate degree from a fully accredited college or university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate degree is preferred.
In the Graduate School application, students must submit:
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
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.
Also review guidelines for exemption in Educator Prep Resources .
Deadline To Apply
- July 1 (Fall)
- November 15 (Spring)
- May 1 (Summer)
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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.
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.
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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