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Graduate Programs
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Degree
The College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree for secondary (grades 6-12) certification candidates on the Macon Campus. The degree is intended for the initial certification candidate who holds a baccalaureate degree in a secondary certification content field and who is seeking initial teacher certification at the master's degree level. The M.A.T. degree is offered using a blended delivery format. Courses may be delivered face-to-face on campus, online, or a blend of the two. Successful completion of the M.A.T. and passing scores on the appropriate assessments lead to eligibility for Master’s level certification in Secondary (6-12) in the appropriate field. The Conceptual Framework of the College of Education guides the M.A.T. program. Program graduates are recognized as "Transforming Educators" who will demonstrate the knowledge (To Know), skills (To Do) and dispositions (To Be) of outstanding professional educators and who are prepared to be leaders within their schools, proficient consumers of educational research, and advocates for all learners.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program
Candidates for admission to the M.A.T. program must submit an online, complete, signed application for admission. In addition to the application, applicants must provide the following:
1. Official transcripts of all previous college work attempted, both undergraduate and graduate.
2. Documentation of an overall undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.5.
3. Have passed all GACE for Program Admission tests with a score on each test that reflects the minimum score set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students may be exempt from this requirement if they provide official documentation of qualifying scores on any of these tests: SAT, ACT, GRE, or other exemption criteria as noted at
4. Candidates must complete the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment prior to admission. (See
5. A $25 application fee. (Application fee is waived for current and former Mercer students.)
Progression Policy
In order for a candidate to continue in the M.A.T. program, he/she:
1. Must meet and maintain all requirements for full admission to the program.
2. Secondary (6-12) candidates must pass the appropriate Georgia state-approved content assessment in the field of certification sought by the end of their first semester in the M.A.T. program. Candidates who fail to pass their appropriate content assessment by the end of their first semester will not be permitted to register for additional M.A.T. courses until they pass their appropriate content assessment without approval from a Site Chair or Associate/Assistant Dean.
3. Must apply for a Preservice Certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and receive that certificate prior to beginning field placements.
4. Must earn a B or higher in all graduate education courses.
5. May repeat only two education courses. The same course may not be repeated more than once. A certification candidate may not re-take an equivalent class at another college in order to replace a grade earned at Mercer.
6. Must have positive recommendations from each field experience in order to successfully complete required field experiences. Field experience placements must meet all diversity of placement criteria.
Candidate for Certification
In order to be recommended for certification, an M.A.T. candidate must:
1. Have successfully met all Progression Policy criteria.
2. Have a positive recommendation from student teaching or internship.
3. Have successfully completed all program/degree requirements.
4. Have successfully completed Portfolio requirements.
5. Have successfully passed the appropriate GACE Content Assessments and the GACE Educator Ethics Assessment and have submitted score reports to the appropriate Certification Office.
6. Have met all state requirements for certification. See Teacher Education Field Experience section for more information.
Note: Please see Tift College of Education Undergraduate Section of this catalog for detailed information on Teacher Education Field Experiences and liability insurance.