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The MAT in English Education is designed to prepare teacher candidates who have already earned a BA or BS for a certified secondary school teaching position in English, or the study of literature and other texts, instruction in composition, and language study.

You will take courses in your first three semesters that are often tied to field experiences. You will be immersed in student teaching in your fourth semester, and conclude the program by producing a portfolio that bring together your learning.

Our faculty are experienced middle and high school teachers who integrate teaching, research, and service to cultivate theoretically sound and practically applicable knowledge in each student's degree program.

Program Highlights

  1. Our selective admissions allow for personal attention
  2. Program combines campus courses and field experiences
  3. Faculty work with emerging digital media
  4. Students learn about traditional and new literacy practices
  5. Endorsements may be included in programs of study

Deadline to Apply

3rd Friday in January (summer only)

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Faculty and Curriculum

We designed our classes to prepare you for the essential duties expected of you in your classrooms. Our program helps jump-start your career by giving you more practice-tested, theoretically-informed knowledge and strategies than a typical teacher education program.

As a teacher candidate, you will take specific courses in:

  • The teaching of writing
  • The teaching of language (including both grammar and an understanding of linguistic diversity and the politics of language usage)
  • The teaching of literature (including specific attention to young adult literature)
  • The teaching of reading
  • The planning of instruction that takes all dimensions of the curriculum into account

In addition to such subject-specific preparation, you will learn about learners themselves with a special focus on diversity (through various required courses). Our culturally-relevant teaching combines with an introduction to a host of technological tools that equips you for effective student instruction.

You will take 36 hours of 12 required graduate courses. The program includes:

  • Taking courses in your first three semesters, often tied to field experiences
  • Immersing yourself in student teaching in your fourth semester
  • Concluding your program by producing a portfolio that connects together all that you learned during your studies

Through your coursework, you will design practical classroom activities to use in your student teaching and ultimately in your career. Students enter during the fall semester and take courses during the fall, spring, and summer.

Even if you take all of the classes mentioned above, you will still have room for two to three elective courses. We recommend working toward an endorsement such as:

  • Gifted endorsement (4 courses)
  • ESOL endorsement (3 courses)
  • Reading endorsement (3 courses)

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

Students may become members of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English, the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. As a member, you will gain access to networking opportunities, connections to jobs, and an opportunity to attend the annual convention where you may learn or present your own research.

In addition, students may attend the annual spring conference of the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the graduate-student-run scholarly journal of the program's host department. This dynamic event brings together teachers, activists, and professors from across the United States and from international locations to engage in interactive sessions to inspire, create, and transform educational practice.

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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


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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