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Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offers individuals an opportunity to earn initial teaching certification as well as an advanced degree. The program is designed for:

  • Paraprofessionals who have a bachelor’s degree;
  • Career-changing professionals with a bachelor’s degree;
  • Teachers who hold a Provisional or Temporary certificate and want to earn an Induction certificate at the master’s level.

Students coming to this program may be working full-time in schools or another career, so we understand that our program must be both high-quality as well as flexible. Highly experienced faculty deliver courses synchronously and asynchronously online, allowing students to be part of an educational program tailored to meet their personal and professional needs. We employ a cohort model with Fall and Spring semester courses meeting synchronous online for 16 weeks every other week on Saturdays, with independent online coursework in the off weeks. In the Summer semester, courses will meet online each Saturday for 8 weeks. Field experiences will be offered in localities where students live.

+MAT – Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education leads to an advanced degree and initial teaching certification in elementary grades (PK-5). The program is designed for paraprofessionals who have a bachelor’s degree, career-changing professionals, teachers who hold non-renewable certificates and want to earn a Clear Renewable master’s level certificate, and those with degrees in fields other than education who are interested in earning both initial certification and a master’s level teaching certification in elementary education.

The curriculum provides both knowledge of the content and instructional strategies required of PK-5 educators.  Graduates of this program will enter the profession at the master’s degree level (T5) and garner a higher compensation than those who enter at the bachelor’s degree level.

The M.A.T. in Elementary Education requires 52 credit hours.  Courses meet online synchronously on Saturdays with online coursework on alternate weeks.

Courses:

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Foundations of Instruction
  • Clinical Practice I
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Clinical Practice II
  • Leadership, Collaboration and Advocacy in Education
  • Applying Technology for Effective Instruction
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning
  • Diversity and Exceptionality in the 21st Century Classroom
  • Patterns of Practice in ELA
  • Teaching Reading
  • Diagnosis & Remediation Reading Difficulties
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Art, Music and Physical Education
  • Social Studies Curriculum
  • Mathematics Curriculum Development
  • Science Curriculum Development

CIP Code 13.1203

+MAT – Pedogogy

The Master of Arts in Pedagogy is intended for those who have demonstrated content expertise in one of the teaching areas for middle grades (4-8), secondary (6-12), and all P-12 fields (except special education) and would receive teaching certification in that subject.

Graduates of this program will enter the profession at the master’s degree level (T5) and garner a higher compensation than those who enter at the bachelor’s degree level.

This program requires 34 credit hours. Courses meet online synchronously on Saturdays with online coursework on alternate weeks.

Courses

  • Orientation to Advanced Programs in Education
  • Foundations of Instruction
  • Clinical Practice I
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Clinical Practice II
  • Leadership, Collaboration and Advocacy in Education
  • Applying Technology for Effective Instruction
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Educational Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning
  • Diversity and Exceptionality in the 21st Century Classroom
  • Patterns of Practice in ELA

CIP Code 13.0101

Available teaching areas and fields:

Teaching FieldGrade LevelContent Area
Secondary6-12Agriculture
Foreign LanguagesP-12American Sign Language
Foreign LanguagesP-12Arabic
Secondary6-12Architectural Drawing and Design
FieldsP-12Art
Secondary6-12Audio/Video Technology & Film
Secondary6-12Automotive Service Tech
Secondary6-12Aviation
Secondary6-12Barbering
Secondary6-12Behavioral Science
Secondary6-12Biology
Secondary6-12Business
Secondary6-12Chemistry
Foreign LanguagesP-12Chinese (Mandarin)
Secondary6-12Collision Repair
Secondary6-12Computer Animation
FieldsP-12Computer Science
Secondary6-12Construction
Secondary6-12Cosmetology
Secondary6-12Culinary Arts
FieldsP-12Dance
Secondary6-12Distribution and Logistics
FieldsP-12Drama
Secondary6-12Earth/Space Science
Secondary6-12Economics
Secondary6-12Electronics Technology
Secondary6-12Engineering and Technology
Secondary6-12English
FieldsP-12English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Secondary6-12Esthetics
Secondary6-12Family/Consumer Science
Foreign LanguagesP-12Farsi
Foreign LanguagesP-12French
Secondary6-12Geography
Foreign LanguagesP-12German
FieldsP-12Gifted - Language Arts
FieldsP-12Gifted - Mathematics
FieldsP-12Gifted - Reading
FieldsP-12Gifted - Science
FieldsP-12Gifted - Science
FieldsP-12Gifted - Social Science
FieldsP-12Gifted Consultative
Secondary6-12Government & Public Relations
Secondary6-12Granite Technology
Secondary6-12Graphic Communications & Design
Foreign LanguagesP-12Greek (Classical)
FieldsP-12Health & Physical Education
FieldsP-12Health Education
Secondary6-12Healthcare Science Technology
Foreign LanguagesP-12Hebrew
Foreign LanguagesP-12Hindi
Secondary6-12History
Secondary6-12IT/Cybersecurity
Secondary6-12IT/Info Services & Support
Secondary6-12IT/Network Systems
Secondary6-12IT/Programming & Software Development
Foreign LanguagesP-12Italian
Foreign LanguagesP-12Japanese
Secondary6-12JROTC (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy)
Foreign LanguagesP-12Korean
Middle Grades4-8Language Arts
Foreign LanguagesP-12Latin
Secondary6-12Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Secondary6-12Manufacturing & Engineering Sciences
Secondary6-12Marine Service Technology
Secondary6-12Marketing
Secondary6-12Mathematics
Middle Grades4-8Mathematics
FieldsP-12Music
Secondary6-12Nails
Secondary6-12Physics
Secondary6-12Political Science
Foreign LanguagesP-12Portuguese
Secondary6-12Precision Machine Technology
Middle Grades4-8Reading
FieldsP-12Reading
Foreign LanguagesP-12Russian
Secondary6-12Science
Middle Grades4-8Science
Secondary6-12Sheet Metal
Middle Grades4-8Social Science
Foreign LanguagesP-12Spanish
Secondary 6-12Speech
Foreign LanguagesP-12Swahili
Foreign LanguagesP-12Turkish
Foreign LanguagesP-12Urdu
Secondary6-12Welding Technology

+Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)  must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 credit hours of their bachelor’s degree and relevant graduate coursework, or conferred master’s degree.  The GPA is considered in context of the cumulative GPA for the bachelor’s degree, work experience, relevant credentials, other undergraduate and graduate course work, the strength of the student’s goal statement, reference letters and academic history.
    • Applicants with a GPA lower than a 3.0 may be considered for admission.  Any candidate admitted with a GPA lower than a 3.0 may be required to complete a 3-credit hour writing course and/or additional requirements as deemed appropriate by the graduate program.

Along with proof of the above criteria, students are required to submit the following with their application for Graduate Admissions:

Send admission documents, including official transcripts to admissions@thomasu.edu.

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Admissions Office
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1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

+Careers

The Master’s of Arts degree in Pedagogy leads to initial teacher certification in Georgia. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the teaching profession will grow considerably in the next decade, with more than 1.5 million jobs for teachers. You could be one of them!Becoming a teacher offers you:

  • Opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of children.
  • Satisfaction of contributing to your community.
  • A chance to change the future.
  • An outlet for your creativity.
  • A work environment where no two days are ever alike.
  • A job surrounded by energetic young people who help you retain a sense of playfulness and possibility.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

+Why TU?

  • The program can be completed in less time than a traditional teaching certification program.
  • Field experiences can be completed in the localities where students live.
  • Curriculum is built on research-based best practices, relevant professional learning and applied experiences with student learning as the focus.
  • Much of the coursework involves job-embedded assignments, designed to move a student from theory to practice.
  • Small class size provides more individual attention and support.
  • Faculty are experienced PK-12 educators, highly credentialed and supportive of students.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.
  • A thesis is not required for graduation.
  • Classes are held on Saturday
  • Financial Aid and monthly payment options are available.
  • Thomas University is ranked among the most affordable private institutions in Georgia according to the Georgia Independent College Association.

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