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.
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:
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:
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.
The MAT program benefits from a relationship with the UGA/Clarke County Schools Professional Development School District partnership. The mission of this partnership is to improve education through a student-centered approach, specialized learning engagement, and critical inquiry.
As a student, you can become a member of various student organizations, including the UGA chapter of the Association for Middle Level Education, the Feminist Scholar-Activists, and the Graduate Student Organization.
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