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Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

Clayton State University's Master of Arts in Teaching Program (M.A.T.) prepares professional educators who engage in reflective practice and are competent, caring, committed, collaborative, culturally responsive, and prepared to teach diverse learners in an ever-changing society.

Our M.A.T. Program meets the requirements for professional certification in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) with concentrations in English, Mathematics, History, and Biology education.

The degree consists of four concentrations:

and is geared toward those who wish to attain a GA Secondary Teaching Certificate (6-12) and have prior college coursework in one of these fields.

The M.A.T. is offered through Clayton State's Department of Teacher Education and School of Graduate Studies.

Students in our program:

  • Experience 36 graduate credit hours in the program - to include content and methods courses, professional studies classes, and field-based clinical experiences.
  • Take face-to-face courses that increase knowledge of Professional Studies and a selected Academic Content area.
  • Take evening courses as a cohort of candidates who participate in authentic collaboration around learning, teaching, and culturally relevant education. The cohort becomes full-time candidates during student teaching.


  1. Speak with the M.A.T. Director to ask questions, and discuss your options
  2. Meet with one of the M.A.T. subject matter coordinators for a transcript evaluation, to ask questions, and to discuss your options.
  3. Submit application to Clayton State's graduate program
  4. Begin your GAPSC pre-service certificate application
  5. Complete the GACE Educator Ethics Exam
  6. Complete the Teacher Education Application Packet with your content area coordinator