What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 39 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does not admit
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: March 8

Elementary Education (UACM), M.A.T.

The Georgia State University M.A.T. in elementary education is an exciting alternative teaching certification and master’s degree program that celebrates urban education of elementary school students (pre-kindergarten through 5th grades). Each year, up to 25 master’s degree students are accepted into a new cohort.

This program promotes the success of elementary students taught in urban schools through the development of competent, equity-oriented, caring, empowered teachers who are change agents inside and outside the classroom. We believe teaching is a profession and our team of experienced and dedicated faculty guide our candidates to become experts in the field of teaching and learning.

For more information about this program and the Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program (UACM), visit our website.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Highlights

If you have a college degree (baccalaureate degree or higher) but are not certified to teach, our program might be right for you. 

Our program is an exciting initial certification and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement program, which prepares teachers (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) to teach in an urban environment.

UACM Culture

Alumnus and mentor teacher Ryan Harry talks about the program

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Elementary Education, M.A.T. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
  • To meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment prior to program admission. Visit the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment or information and how to register for the assessment.

Please Note:

Interviews will be conducted by department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

This initial certification and master’s degree program for the major in Elementary Education prepares teachers of young children (Pre-K through 5th grade) to teach in an urban environment. The program is designed for people who already hold a baccalaureate or higher degree and want to teach in an urban elementary school. This degree can be completed in 39 credit hours or five to six semesters.

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

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Our program prepares teachers (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) to teach in an urban environment.


Program Coordinator
Nancy Jo Schafer, Ph.D.
Phone: 404-413-8023
[email protected]

Program Contact
Phone: 404-413-8206
Fax: 404-413-8023
[email protected]

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

College of Education Logo30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.