MAT Secondary Mathematics or Science Overview


Program Description

NSTA BadgeThe Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree leads to initial certification of well-qualified candidates. Course work emphasizes scholarly rigor through research-based practices and engagement in a variety of field-based projects as well as supervised clinical experiences. 

The program emphasizes development of candidate understanding of adolescent development, educational psychology, curriculum, assessment, and teaching strategies particular to the teaching of secondary mathematics or secondary science. Through yearlong clinical experiences, candidates apply all they have learned so that they can impact the learning of all of their students.

Program of Study

Mathematics candidates take the 6 credit-hours of advanced perspectives on the school mathematics content.

Admission Requirements 

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Application to the GA Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) for Pre-Service Certification
  • PSC Application for Pre-Service Certification
  • Personal Statement - Should be 1-2 pages and describe your beliefs about education at the secondary or middle grade level goals relative to the
  • Resume - Should document education, any teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 

    Science - A passing score on the GACE Content Assessments in the subject area for which a candidate seeks certification from KSU (biology, chemistry, or physics) are required as part of the application packet prior to beginning clinical experience (in the fall semester).

    Math - A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or completion of Calculus I and II with grades of “C” or better.


Spring - November 1  |  Summer - Mar 1

Contact Us

For more information about this degree program, please call 470.578.6314 or email Mike Dias  (science) or Brian Lawler (math)

For more information on graduate admissions, please call 470.578.6043 or email