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Social studies education cultivates the ways students think about their own place in history, their position in the economy, their impact in civic spaces, and their notions of belonging.

For the MAT in Social Studies Education, we seek candidates who wish to explore and develop strategies for teaching students about the rich complexities of our world. Our program prepares the social studies teachers of tomorrow through direct work with practicing teachers, current students, doctoral students, and university faculty.

Program Highlights

  1. Leads to initial licensure to teach social studies at the 6-12 level
  2. Great option if you're interested in becoming a teacher and already have a BA or BS
  3. Work closely with talented doctoral students and nationally recognized faculty

Deadline to Apply

March 1 (summer and fall), October 1 (spring)

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Faculty and Curriculum

Spend a significant amount of time observing and working with expert teachers in partner schools, combined with university coursework where you rethink and refine your practice.

You'll learn to teach while embedded in practical settings, giving you the opportunity to constantly test and use cutting-edge theories of teaching and learning.

If you hold a bachelor's degree in a social studies content area and wish to gain teaching certification while working on a master's degree, this degree program is for you. Our MAT in Social Studies Education results in a recommendation for initial certification in one of the four primary social studies content areas in grades 6-12:

  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political science

If you lack a degree in one of the four content areas, you will need to complete 21 semester hours in your selected content area (at the 3000-level and higher) beyond your normal requirements for the MAT. You may include content area courses taken as an undergraduate or some of the elective courses in the MAT program.

Begin our program in any semester and proceed through most of it at your own pace, either part time or full time. You must take the pedagogy, practice, and theory coursework in the fall semester and student teaching (and its related seminar) in the spring. Those two semesters require full-time study. There is a comprehensive exam at the culmination of the program.

Typically, you earn your MAT after 57 hours. You may shorten your program of study if you took courses as an undergraduate that count toward certification such as courses in educational psychology, social foundations of education, and social science content-area courses. Work with your academic advisor about waiving requirements.

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

As students move from their role as learners to their position as leaders in classrooms, they become what we call "teacher candidates." Teacher candidates work closely with faculty and practicing teachers to develop sophisticated classroom practices.

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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 before admissions decisions are finalized.

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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