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

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 1

Middle Level Education, M.A.T.

Middle-level educators in grades 4-8 are responsible for teaching intellectual skills and knowledge while attending to specific adolescent developmental needs in two of the following content areas: English language arts, mathematics, science and/or social studies. Our urban communities need highly skilled, compassionate and advocacy-oriented Middle Level teachers whose content knowledge and instructional practice honor students’ diversity and promote equity.  Middle Level teachers create learning environments that develop learners’ opportunities across several content areas:

  • In English Language Arts, teachers teach 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.
  • In Mathematics, teachers enable students to learn mathematics by engaging them in mathematical practices and using critical thinking to make sense of core mathematical ideas.
  • In Science, teachers enable students to learn science by thinking critically, engaging them in scientific practices and using core science ideas to make sense of phenomena from the natural world.
  • In Social Studies, teachers develop young citizens who can participate in our democracy and the global community by thinking critically in history, geography, political science and economics content areas.

This program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Middle Level Education and a renewable (T5) Induction Certificate in Georgia.

Middle Level Education, M.A.T.

Middle-level educators in grades 4-8 are responsible for teaching intellectual skills and knowledge while attending to specific adolescent developmental needs in two of the following content areas: English language arts, mathematics, science and/or social studies. Our urban communities need highly skilled, compassionate and advocacy-oriented Middle Level teachers whose content knowledge and instructional practice honor students’ diversity and promote equity.  Middle Level teachers create learning environments that develop learners’ opportunities across several content areas:

  • In English Language Arts, teachers teach 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.
  • In Mathematics, teachers enable students to learn mathematics by engaging them in mathematical practices and using critical thinking to make sense of core mathematical ideas.
  • In Science, teachers enable students to learn science by thinking critically, engaging them in scientific practices and using core science ideas to make sense of phenomena from the natural world.
  • In Social Studies, teachers develop young citizens who can participate in our democracy and the global community by thinking critically in history, geography, political science and economics content areas.

This program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Middle Level Education and a renewable (T5) Induction Certificate in Georgia.

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

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 1

Program Highlights

  • The College of Education & Human Development was ranked No. 40 by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.
  • Georgia State University initial preparation teacher candidates performed successfully on the edTPA certification exam with a pass rate of 99% in 2015 and 2016 and 98% in 2017.

Our Middle Level Education M.A.T. Students at the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

M.A.T. Middle Level

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Careers

Successful program graduates will be well prepared to work in the most prominent public, charter and private schools and school systems in the metro Atlanta region and beyond. Our graduates teach in a range of local public schools and counties such as Atlanta, Cobb and DeKalb as well as in local charter schools, private schools, other U.S. states and international settings. Holding a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, program graduates are also well prepared to pursue advanced degrees in education.

Program Details

Our 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 Middle Level Education

Professional Studies (9)
Required (3):

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

Select one (3):

Select one (3):

Teaching Field/Major (27)
Required (6):

  • EDCI 7020 Middle Schools in a Diverse Society (3)
  • EDRD 7630 Literacy in the Content Areas (3)

Elective (3):

  • Select an elective with the approval of the Middle Level Education Advisor.

Choose two concentrations:

Language Arts Education Concentration
Required (3):

  • EDLA 6400 Theory and Pedagogy of Middle Level Language Arts Instruction (3)

Advanced Studies – Language Arts (6)
In consultation with their advisement committee, students select coursework numbered 6000 or higher. The coursework should lead to the development of an understanding of the history, philosophy, conceptual underpinnings, and applications of language arts education at the middle level. One course (ENGL) should be taken from the Department of English and one course (EDLA) from Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Mathematics Education Concentration
Required (3):

  • EDMT 6460 Theory and Pedagogy of Middle Level Mathematics Instruction (3)

Advanced Studies – Mathematics (6)
In consultation with their advisement committee, students select coursework numbered 6000 or higher. The coursework should lead to the development of an understanding of the history, philosophy, conceptual underpinnings, and applications of mathematics education at the middle level. One course should be taken from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and one course from mathematics education in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Science Education Concentration
Required (3):

  • EDSC 6470 Theory and Pedagogy of Middle Level Science Instruction (3)

Advanced Studies – Science (6)
In consultation with their advisement committee, students select coursework numbered 6000 or higher. The coursework should lead to the development of an understanding of the history, philosophy, and conceptual underpinnings of science as well as the applications of science education at the middle level.

Social Studies Concentration
Required (3):

  • EDSS 6480 Theory and Pedagogy of Middle Level Social Studies Instruction (3)

Advanced Studies – Social Studies (6)
In consultation with their advisement committee, students select coursework numbered 6000 or higher. The coursework should lead to the development of an understanding of the history, philosophy, conceptual underpinnings, and applications of social studies education at the middle level. One course should be taken from the College of Arts and Sciences and one course (EDSS) from social studies education.

Internship (9)
Required (9):

Program total: minimum of 45 semester hours

Admissions Requirements

Select (2) concentrations:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

When applying to the Middle Level 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:

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.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

Student Resources

M.A.T. candidates will select two of four concentrations and use the below program of study to guide their course selections.

Field Placement Experience

In the final semesters of the program, students conduct field experiences in the metro Atlanta area where students will apply educational 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)

Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Chantee Earl
cearl@gsu.edu
404-413-8399

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

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

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