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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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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