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Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education: History

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The Department of Humanities at Clayton State University is excited to offer a new degree program, the Master of Arts in Teaching History. We welcome prospective educators to this site and invite future teacher candidates to visit our beautiful campus in Morrow, Georgia.

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching History with concentration in secondary history is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in History or a related area and/or have a provisional teaching certificate in the discipline. This initial certification program will prepare interested persons to receive a master’s degree and provide them the opportunity to become certified to teach secondary history. The program consists of history content and methods courses, professional studies classes, and field-based clinical experiences. Most content and professional education courses emphasize use of technology and action research with pupils in diverse school settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the M.A.T. degree and the opportunity for teacher certification in grades 6-12 history. This program offers evening courses with student teaching during the spring semester. Individuals who are teaching with a provisional certificate in a public school system will be given full-time student teaching status.

While faculty in the Department of Humanities teach the history content and methods courses, faculty from the Department of Teacher Education teach the professional education courses and supervise the clinical and internship experiences along with public school mentor teachers. Our partnership school districts will serve as collaborative sites for field experiences and internships.

Curriculum Design

The M.A.T. curriculum is designed so that it can be delivered over four or five semesters.  Early in the program, students will have courses and field experiences supporting the candidates' educational foundation theory and knowledge.  This is followed with coursework in content and pedagogical knowledge, practica and internship experiences.  Students will also complete an action research project.  Content specialists in mathematics will teach the curriculum and methods for the discipline. Our partnership school districts will serve as collaborative sites for field experiences and internships.

The program offers courses primarily during the evening until students reach their internship experiences.  Full-time student teaching status will be given to candidates who are teaching with a provisional certificate in a public school system.

Program Goals

This degree offers students opportunities to:

  • develop or hone pedagogical skills for teaching history in a high school or college setting;
  • create meaningful connections between subject matter and teaching methods through practice and reflection of the effects on student learning;
  • discover new approaches and materials to reach diverse learners through Clayton State University’s unique resources; and
  • study the field of history through eighteen hours of intensive graduate coursework in the discipline.