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 45 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: May 1

English Education, M.A.T.

The English education program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek an initial teaching certification in secondary English (grades 6-12). This program leads to a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) and a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia.

English educators are responsible for constructing learning environments that support students’ development in reading literature, writing for multiple audiences, expressing ideas and opinions in speech and interpersonal communication and exploring the potential of the arts in language arts.

The secondary English degree program is grounded in educational theory, research and best practice, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical teaching experience for middle and high school levels. Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study abroad opportunities. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

This program will transform your passion into a professional career, providing an initial certification for teaching English language arts for 6th-12th grades.

English Education, M.A.T.

The English education program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek an initial teaching certification in secondary English (grades 6-12). This program leads to a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) and a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia.

English educators are responsible for constructing learning environments that support students’ development in reading literature, writing for multiple audiences, expressing ideas and opinions in speech and interpersonal communication and exploring the potential of the arts in language arts.

The secondary English degree program is grounded in educational theory, research and best practice, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical teaching experience for middle and high school levels. Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study abroad opportunities. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

This program will transform your passion into a professional career, providing an initial certification for teaching English language arts for 6th-12th grades.

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 45 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: May 1

Program Highlights

Testimonials

“Classroom management was the most important skill I learned as a student teacher. Students act in unexpected ways, so my practicum allowed me to see how teachers respond to unexpected behavior.” -Esther, program graduate

“One of the best aspects of the M.A.T. program was that it provided a full scope of courses not solely focused on education. For example, I had to study research methods and teaching exceptional children.” -Lesleigh, program graduate

“My administrator told me I’ve avoided a lot of the pitfalls most first year teachers experience. I attribute this to Georgia State teaching me how to adapt and providing me with a variety of teaching strategies.” -Adolfo, program graduate

English graduates

English graduates from Middle and Secondary Education

Careers

Successful program graduates will be well prepared to work in public, charter and private schools and school systems in the metro-Atlanta area and beyond.

Graduate placements include:

  • Atlanta City Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • Decatur City Schools
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Schools in California, New York, Arizona and Ohio
  • International schools

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

Our program graduates are informed by research, knowledge and reflective practice empowered to serve as change agents committed to and respectful of all learners and engaged with learners, their families, schools and local and global communities.

Program of Study

Master of Arts in Teaching in English Education

Professional Studies (9)
Select one (3):

Select one (3):

Required (3):

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)

Teaching Field/Major (27)
Required (12):

  • EDCI 6600 Introduction to Secondary Teaching (3)
  • EDLA 6550 Principles of English Instruction (3)
  • EDLA 7550 Theory and Pedagogy of English Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 7630 Literacy in the Content Area (3)

Elective in the Teaching Field/Major (3)

Select One Course (3):

  • EDLA 7150 Children’s and Adolescent’s Literature (3)
  • EDLA 7440 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literature (3)
  • EDLA 7460 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Writing (3)
  • EDLA 7480 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of the English Language (3)
  • EDRD 7360 Literacy and Digital Media (3)
  • LT 7360 Integrating Technology in School-Based Learning Environments (3)
  • TSLE 7260 Cultural Issues for the Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher (3)

Select Advanced Studies in English or Folklore (12)

  • In consultation with an advisement committee, students select coursework numbered 6000 to 8999. The coursework should lead to the development of an understanding of the history, philosophy, conceptual underpinnings, and applications of English in secondary education.

Internship (9)
Required (9):

Program total: minimum of 45 semester hours

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.

Fellowships

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.

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Description

Field Placement Experience

In the final semesters of the program, students conduct field experiences in the metro Atlanta area where students will see the application of theory and research, test ideas and practice strategies that they have learned throughout the program of study. Each student works closely with a mentor teacher at the practicum school and is supervised by faculty from the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Georgia Teacher Certification Requirements

All students must meet Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements to be eligible for certification:

  1. GACE Program Admission Assessment (Entry)
  2. GaPSC Preservice Certificate (Entry)
  3. Georgia Educator Ethics Assessments (Entry and Exit)
  4. GACE Content Assessment(s) (Exit)
  5. edTPA (Exit)

Program of Study

View the English Education, M.A.T. Program of Study

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Michelle Zoss
zoss@gsu.edu
404-413-8415

Middle and Secondary Education
TeacherprepMSE@gsu.edu
404-413-8060

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, 6th Floor
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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