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

How long will it take?

  • A minimum of 45 semester hours is required to receive your degree
  • 4 semesters or 1.5 years

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

Social Studies Education, M.A.T.

The Social Studies Education M.A.T. program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek an initial teaching certification in Secondary Social Studies, 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 Georgia.

Social studies educators teach learners intellectual skills and knowledge across the history, geography, political science and economic content areas. Our urban communities need highly skilled, compassionate and advocacy-oriented social studies teachers whose content knowledge and instructional practice honor students’ diversity and promote equity. Social studies teachers create learning environments that develop young citizens who can productively participate in our democracy and the global community.

The secondary Social Studies 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 in grades 6-12. Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study-abroad opportunities. Faculty support planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

Concentrations include: History, Geography, Political Science and Economics content areas.

Social Studies Education, M.A.T.

The Social Studies Education M.A.T. program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek an initial teaching certification in Secondary Social Studies, 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 Georgia.

Social studies educators teach learners intellectual skills and knowledge across the history, geography, political science and economic content areas. Our urban communities need highly skilled, compassionate and advocacy-oriented social studies teachers whose content knowledge and instructional practice honor students’ diversity and promote equity. Social studies teachers create learning environments that develop young citizens who can productively participate in our democracy and the global community.

The secondary Social Studies 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 in grades 6-12. Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study-abroad opportunities. Faculty support planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

Concentrations include: History, Geography, Political Science and Economics content areas.

What does it cost?

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

How long will it take?

  • A minimum of 45 semester hours is required to receive your degree
  • 4 semesters or 1.5 years

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

  • “Instructors gradually introduced us to lesson planning. Everything was done at an amazing pace. I’d recommend this program to anyone aspiring to become an educator.” – Seth, program graduate
  • “As a middle and high school student, I loved history class. After graduating with a degree in history from Howard University, the social studies teaching program was an inevitable path for me.” – Courtney, program graduate
  • “During my first year of teaching 100% of my scholars passed the CRCT – the highest scores in the region. I attribute this to my teacher preparation at Georgia State.” – Miraca, program graduate
  • The College of Education & Human Development is ranked No. 40 by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.
  • Georgia State 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.

Meet three of our graduates teaching social studies in the Atlanta area.

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 middle and high schools in Georgia, including in city school systems of Atlanta and Decatur, as well as county schools in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton and local charter schools and private schools. Our graduates teach in schools in California, New York, Arizona and Ohio, as well as international schools. Holding a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, graduates are also well prepared to pursue advanced degrees in education.

Program Details

Goals and Outcomes

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 Secondary Social Studies 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 (9):

  • EDCI 6600 Introduction to Secondary Teaching (3)
  • EDSS 6560 Principles of Social Studies Instruction (3)
  • EDSS 7540 Theory and Pedagogy of Social Studies Instruction (3)

Elective in Teaching Field/Major (6)
Select Two Courses:

  • EDCI 7980 Teaching and Learning in Urban Contexts (3)
  • EDSS 7560 Teaching History and the Social Sciences (3)
  • EDSS 7570 Social Studies Concepts and Issues (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)

Other education electives may be selected with consent of the advisor.

Select Advanced Studies in Social Studies (12)
The students select at least 12 semester hours of 6000-level and above coursework related to history and the social sciences in consultation with their advisory committee. Because students will be certified in single fields of social studies, additional undergraduate or graduate coursework may be required for the students to demonstrate competence in these four areas: economics, geography, history, and political science. The advisement committee will approve the students’ planned program of study after a transcript analysis of previous work and consultation with the students.

Internship (9)
Required (9):

Program total: minimum of 45 semester hours

Admissions Requirements

Select concentration in:

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science

When applying to the Social Studies 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.

Georgia Teacher Certification Requirements

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

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.

Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

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

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

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

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