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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree designed for individuals who possess degrees in majors other than education and wish to become initially certified in teaching fields comparable to their undergraduate degrees.

UNG offers Master of Arts in Teaching programs in the following teaching fields:

  • Middle Grades certification with concentration(s) in
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Science
  • Health & PE Education (P-12)  
  • Secondary Education - English (6-12)
  • Secondary Education - History (6-12)
  • Secondary Education - Mathematics (6-12)

Quick Facts

Program length 39 semester hours
Cohort starts June summer session
First semester courses meet at Cumming campus
Includes initial teaching certification
GACE tests required
Limited number of courses offered online

Application Deadline

Summer –  February 1 (Cohort)

Types of Admissions

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score not less than 301 verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011 (not less than 900 prior to August 1, 2011) or a score not less than 391 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). You may EXEMPT the GRE or MAT with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures or with a master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Completion of the following no later than February 1, 2016.

  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission assessment. You may EXEMPT GACE Program Admission assessment with:
    • SAT score of 1,000 (verbal and mathematics scores combined) or
    • ACT score of 43 (English and mathematics scores combined) or
    • GRE score of not less than 297 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011 (1,030 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken prior to August 1, 2011).
  • Professional score of 250 on GACE Content assessments. If you are pursuing middle grades initial certification, you must obtain a professional score of 250 on two of the five middle grades program assessments (middle grades language arts, middle grades mathematics, middle grades reading, middle grades science, and middle grades social science).
  • Completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry assessment.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average.  Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies.  For more details, review the GPSC website.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • Create your account at www.mypsc.gapsc.org.
    1. Click Register.
    2. Create a Profile.
    3. Click Assessment tab.
    4. Locate Select an Assessment. Choose your test from the drop-down menu. Do not click Add until you select the reason for taking a GACE assessment.
    5. Select the reason for taking a GACE assessment:
    Post-bac, MAT, or other graduate level candidates should select Option 3 - I am seeking admission to/enrollment in a Georgia post-baccalaureate/certification only program or to satisfy an employer requirement.
    6. Return to the Assessment.
    7. Click Add.
    8. Type Yes in the box.
    9. Click Finish.
    Be sure to note the Georgia Cert ID. This can be found right under your name (top right corner of the screen). Georgia Cert ID is required when registering for a GACE test at www.gace.ets.org.
  • GACE Program Admission assessment.
    Consider taking an institutional ACT or SAT through the UNG Testing Center www.ung.edu/testing, if you are unable to exempt GACE Program Admission assessment or if a test date for the GACE Program Admission assessment is not available that would have your results posted by the February 27 Graduate Admissions application deadline.
  • GACE Content assessments.
    Professional score of 250 on GACE Content assessments. If you are pursuing middle grades initial certification, you must obtain a professional score of 250 on two of four middle grades program assessments (middle grades language arts, middle grades mathematics, middle grades science, and middle grades social science).
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry assessment.
    Available online at www.gace.ets.org.  Print certificate of completion and email to Graduate Admissions, grads@ung.edu.

Submit official GRE score report or official MAT score report if your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 but at least a 2.75 calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures and you do not hold a master’s in another field.

  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE. 
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 1111 for submitting official MAT.
Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.
Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Irregular

Applicants who have not submitted GACE Content assessments with a professional score of 250, or who have a cumulative grade point average between 2.75 and 3.00 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures and have not taken the GRE or MAT, or whose GACE Content assessments, GRE, or MAT scores are not on file by February 1, may be considered for irregular admission status.

  • Student admission status will be changed to regular admission status upon receipt of satisfactory completion of outstanding testing requirements.
  • Student's application will be canceled if a satisfactory required test score is not received by Graduate Admissions by May 15. Students will not be allowed to begin the program for the semester accepted with irregular admission status and will be encouraged to reapply for the next available cohort.
  • Regular admission is required for financial aid.

Requirements due by February 1

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission assessment. You may EXEMPT GACE Program Admission assessment with:
    • SAT score of 1,000 (English and mathematics scores combined) or
    • ACT score of 43 (mathematics and verbal scores combined) or
    • GRE score of not less than 297 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011 (1,030 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken prior to August 1, 2011).
  • Completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry assessment.

Additional requirements due by May 15

  • General Record Exam (GRE) score not less than 301 verbal and quantitative scores combined if taken on or after August 1, 2011 (not less than 900 prior to August 1, 2011) or a score not less than 391 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required if unable to exempt with undergraduate GPA. Only GRE or MAT scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Professional score of 250 on GACE Content assessments. If pursing middle grades initial certification, you must obtain a professional score of 250 on two of the five middle grades GACE Content assessments (middle grades language arts, middle grades mathematics, middle grades reading, middle grades science, and middle grades social science).

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average.  Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies.  For more details, review the GPSC website.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • Create your account at www.mypsc.gapsc.org.
    1. Click Register.
    2. Create a Profile.
    3. Click Assessment tab.
    4. Locate Select an Assessment. Choose your test from the drop-down menu. Do not click Add until you select the reason for taking a GACE assessment.
    5. Select the reason for taking a GACE assessment:
    Post-bac, MAT, or other graduate level candidates should select Option 3 - I am seeking admission to/enrollment in a Georgia post-baccalaureate/certification only program or to satisfy an employer requirement.
    6. Return to the Assessment.
    7. Click Add.
    8. Type Yes in the box.
    9. Click Finish.
    Be sure to note the Georgia Cert ID. This can be found right under your name (top right corner of the screen). Georgia Cert ID is required when registering for a GACE test at www.gace.ets.org.
  • GACE Program Admission assessment.
    Consider taking an institutional ACT or SAT through the UNG Testing Center www.ung.edu/testing, if you are unable to exempt GACE Program Admission assessment or if a test date for the GACE Program Admission assessment is not available that would have your results posted by the February 27 Graduate Admissions application deadline.
  • GACE Content assessments.
    Professional score of 250 on GACE Content assessments. If you are pursuing middle grades initial certification, you must obtain a professional score of 250 on two of four middle grades program assessments (middle grades language arts, middle grades mathematics, middle grades science, and middle grades social science).
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry assessment.
    Available online at www.gace.ets.org.  Print certificate of completion and email to Graduate Admissions, grads@ung.edu.

Submit official GRE score report or official MAT score report if your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 but at least a 2.75 calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures and you do not hold a master’s in another field.

  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE. 
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 1111 for submitting official MAT.
Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.
Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

A candidate whose application is denied because the grade point average is below the minimum requirement for the program or because an acceptable test score (GRE or MAT) was not earned has the right to appeal the decision. Applicants may be granted provisional admission pending a successful admission appeal.  See Appeal of Graduate Admission.

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first semester.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Non-Degree

An applicant interested in taking graduate courses in specific content areas, but not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, may apply as a non-degree graduate student.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Pre-approval from the program coordinator before enrolling in courses

Non-degree application deadlines

  • Summer, May 1
  • Fall, August 10
  • Spring, December 10

Non-degree students

  • may register for no more than twelve semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the graduate level education courses if a grade of C or lower in any graduate course is earned.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • must submit a new application to Graduate Admissions and meet all program admission requirements to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at UNG.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average.  Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) currently accepts transcript credential reports from four specified agencies.  For more details, review the GPSC website.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.
Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Transient

Students may not enroll in 5000-level MAT courses in a transient status.

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester. A student requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa should contact Graduate Admissions before applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

 

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Program Schedule

Year One

  • Summer
    Three evening courses at the Cumming campus.
  • Fall
    Full day placement in a public school for practicum and two evening courses
    at the Cumming campus.

  • Spring
    Full day placement in a public school for internship.

Year Two

  • Summer through completion of program consists of content courses and upper-level education courses.
  • Courses are offered late afternoon and evenings.
  • Limited number of courses are offered online.

All UNG teacher education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GA-PSC) and accredited by the former National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Program Contact

College of Education
Graduate Office
Dahlonega Campus
Dunlap 213A
706-864-1600
coegrads@ung.edu

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Occupational Outlook

The typical work environment for a teacher is in a classroom setting. 

 Careers and Salaries

Below you will find 2015 median annual salaries for teachers:

  • Preschool Teachers: $28,570
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: $54,550
  • Middle School Teachers: $55,860
  • High School Teachers: $57,200
  • Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers: $50,280
  • Special Education Teachers: $56,800

 

Job Outlook

  • Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. 
  • Employment of adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024. 
  • Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition

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