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Secondary Education 5th Year STEM M.A.T. Program
The Secondary Education 5th Year Master of Arts in Teaching program offers secondary certification in grades 6-12. The list of GaPSC-approved secondary (6-12) certification fields can be found at https://www.gapsc.com/Commission/policies_ guidelines/Downloads/Certificate_Field_codes.pdfThis program is designed to be an intensive, three-semester program with a summer initial field placement and a year-long clinical placement in an area high school. The Secondary Education 5th Year MAT is patterned after a medical model with a year-long, embedded clinical experience. This design strengthens connections between theoretical and practical knowledge in teaching and learning. The program prepares and tracks MAT candidates and graduates through their clinical coursework and into their residency or induction periods for three years after graduation. The focus on learning in the clinical setting is an effort to create and sustain strong, reciprocal, collaborative relationships between and among MAT teacher candidates and graduates, certified secondary school-based faculty, and university-based faculty. Within the MAT program, authentic research, engineering design practice, problem-based learning, scientific inquiry, reflection, and constructivist habits of mind support the diverse behavioral, cognitive, emotional, physical, and socio-cultural needs of the adolescent learner. Hallmarks of this program are the interdisciplinary nature of the coursework and the increased amount of time in the clinical settings of middle and high schools. The candidate will become a transforming practitioner and a reflective professional who understands effective and dynamic 6-12 learning environments and supports collaborative communities of practice across disciplines.
Admission to the Secondary Education 5th Year STEM Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Degree
A completed application
Official transcripts of all previous college work attempted.
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 gapsc.com.
Provide evidence of expertise in the content of the field of certification sought. This can be accomplished through one of three options:
A major (with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major) in the field of certification sought earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s or higher degree from a GaPSC-accepted, accredited institution of higher education, or
A passing score on the Georgia state-approved content assessment in the field of certification sought, or
Evidence of successful completion of a specified number of semester hours of content area coursework earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s or higher degree from a GaPSC-accepted, accredited institution of higher education. The number of semester hours of content area coursework required for secondary (grades 6-12) is twenty-one (21) semester hours in the field of certification being sought. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the applicable content area coursework in the field of certification sought. Upon application to the M.A.T. program and receipt of all transcripts, a transcript analysis will be completed to determine eligibility for admission under this option. Candidates who are seeking admission through option III but do not yet have 21 semester hours of content area coursework in their desired field of certification may enroll as non-degree seeking students to take the necessary coursework prior to seeking admission into the M.A.T. program.
Candidates must declare their desired field of secondary certification prior to admission in one of the GaPSC’s Secondary (6-12) certification fields. The official list of certification fields can be found here: https://www.gapsc.com/ Commission/policies_guidelines/Downloads/Certificate_Field_codes.pdf.
Candidates who are admitted under admission option I or option III 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.
Documentation of completing the GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment prior to beginning the program.
A commitment to the program and its goals.
Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent (Note: Undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor's degree.);
A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred. (Note: A holistic review process is used for all candidates. Those candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.)
Program Goals
1. Prepare and retain high school teachers through clinical and induction periods to serve in high-need schools
2. Create and sustain strong, reciprocal, collaborative relationships between and among district partnerships and university faculty
3. Expand collaboration among College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and College of Education
Student Learning Outcomes
During coursework, clinical experiences, and residency periods, Mercer's 5th Year MAT candidates and graduates will:
1. Use interdisciplinary connections to foster critical thinking, evidence-based decision-making, effective communication skills, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives in adolescent learners.
2. Design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum. (To Know; To Do)
3. Demonstrate competency in developing and implementing a wide variety of formative and summative assessment strategies. (To Know; To Do)
4. Utilize effective teaching pedagogy to make connections among academic knowledge, practices, and contextual influences on the students, school, and community. (To Know; To Do)
5. Engage in reflective practice and self-assessment of pedagogy and find opportunities to grow professionally and develop emerging leadership qualities. (To Be)
6. Demonstrate the ability to foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, community, and agencies to promote and advocate for the learning and well-being of the adolescent. (To Be)
Program of Study for the Secondary 5th Year STEM M.A.T.
(Degree Requirements: a minimum of 30 graduate hours)
 
Foundational Courses (0-6 semester hours)1
EMAT 526. Foundations of Education (pre-requisite or co-requisite for all 600-level methods and content area classes)
EMAT 683. Teaching Exceptional Learners (pre-requisite or co-requisite for all 600 level methods and content area classes)
 
1 Foundational courses may be waived with approved undergraduate or graduate equivalent classes or other approved evidence.
 
Professional and Pedagogical Studies (14 hours)
EMAT 674. Interdisciplinary Methods for MGE and SEC (3 hrs.)
EMAT 676. Adolescent Development & Learning (3 hrs.)2
EMAT 678. Curriculum, Instruction, & Planning for SEC (3 hrs.)  
EMAT 679. Educational Assessment (3 hrs.) 
EMAT 687. Disciplinary Literacy for SEC (2 hrs.)
 
Content Studies (3 hours)
EMAT 666. Teaching Mathematics in MGE & SEC (3 hrs.) 
EMAT 672. Teaching Science in MGE & SEC (3 hrs.) 
EMAT 682. Teaching Social Studies in MGE & SEC (3 hrs.) 
EMAT 645. Teaching English (3 hrs.) 
EMAT 699. Special Topics in Education: Teaching [certification field] in SEC (3 hrs.)
 
Field Placements   (13 hours)
EMAT 601. Initial Field Experience (1 hour)
EMAT 609. Mentored Practicum (3 hrs.)
EMAT 612. Internship (9 hrs.)
 
2If a student has taken EDUC 356 Psychology and Development of the Adolescent Learner, he or she may substitute another graduate level course for EDUC 676.