Dec 07, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

English Education, M.A.T.

Return to: 4170 Department of Middle and Secondary Education  

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in English Education provides initial teacher preparation for individuals holding bachelor’s degrees in English.

Program Admission

All applicants must meet the College of Education and Human Development’s requirements for admission to graduate study. Additional admission requirements specific to this program include:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in English or the equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university (Coursework must have included at least 24 semester hours of upper-division or equivalent acceptable credit in English content, including a minimum of three semester hours in each of the following areas: American literature, British literature, written composition, and history or structure of the English language.)
  • Two letters of recommendation as follows: (a) one academic or professional letter; (b) one letter from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s personal qualifications, experience, and background in light of potential to work successfully with adolescents, or (c) one letter from a current work supervisor (if applicable).
  • Documentation of previous work experience (resume).

Program Academic Regulations 

Upon admission to a teacher education program, students will be contacted by the Office of Field Placements and Certification with instructions to claim enrollment in their program and submit a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application. The pre-service certificate is required for placement in required field experiences or clinical practice.

Each student is advised by a committee consisting of faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and faculty from the College of Education and Human Development.

Exit requirements for this program are:

  • Completion of all program coursework with a grade point average of no less than 3.00,
  • Successful completion of the teaching internships with a grade of “B” or higher, and
  • Successful presentation of a professional portfolio.


Students in this program will be eligible to be recommended for Georgia initial certification after earning passing scores on GACE Content Assessment for English, Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment, and successfully completing:

  • All content courses recommended for each individual by MSE and Arts and Sciences faculty upon admission to the program;
  • For Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) certification requirements, students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in EXC 4020.;
  • EXC 4020, EPY 7080, EDCI 6600, EDCI 4650, EDCI 7660, EDCI 7670, EDCI 7680, EDLA 6550, EDLA 7550, and EDRD 7630; and
  • Successful presentation of a professional portfolio.

Degree Requirements

Professional Studies (9 Hours)

Teaching Field/Major (18 Hours)

Select Advanced Studies in English or Folklore (6 Hours)

In consultation with an advisement committee, students select coursework numbered 6000 to 8999 in EDLA, ENGL, EDRD, or FOLK. The coursework should lead to the development of an understanding of the history, philosophy, conceptual underpinnings, applications of English in secondary education, and English literature, language, or composition content.


Total Semester Hours for Degree: Minimum of 36