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Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Arts in teaching 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:

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

Important

Applications are being accepted until February 1, 2018 for the June 2018 MAT Cohort.

Admission Information

The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Georgia Pre-Service Application 
  4. A copy of your Driver's License or Passport for the Lawful Presence Verification.
  5. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution and state a calculated cumulative grade point average.
  6. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or evidence of a graduate degree, or an undergraduate overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admission procedures. Only those scores that are less than six years old will be considered.
  7. Official scores for GACE I and GACE II. GACE I may be exempted with acceptable scores on the SAT, ACT; or Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE).
  8. Proof of lawful presence in the United States.

In accordance with Board of Regents’ policy, the following documents must be received prior to the first day of the term:

  1. UNG Certificate of Immunization. Former North Georgia and Gainesville State students are required to submit documentation for any new immunization requirements since last attended.

All acceptances are contingent upon a clear criminal background check.

Regular Admission
To qualify for regular admission, individuals must have:
  1. Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 2.75 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admission procedures.
  2. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) of at least 900 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken before August 1, 2011; or 301 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011; or official scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) of at least 391; or an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admission procedures.
  3. Passing scores on the GACE I or equivalent - SAT of at least 1,000 (English and mathematics scores combined); or ACT of at least 43 (mathematics and verbal scores combined); or Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) of of at least 1,030 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken before August 1, 2011; or GRE score of at least 297 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) if taken on or after August 1, 2011.
  4. 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 science, and middle grades social science).
  5. Completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry assessment.
  6. If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the United States.

In accordance with Board of Regents’ policy, the following documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of the term:

  1. UNG Certificate of Immunization. Former North Georgia and Gainesville State students are required to submit documentation for any new immunization requirements since last attended.

All acceptances are contingent upon a clear criminal background check by the GAPSC.

Students enrolled in field-based courses who have not submitted all of the above documentation prior will not be allowed to attend until all documentation has been received. Students are responsible for all course material and for all announcements and assignments. The decision to permit students to make up work that is required in any missed class resides with the instructor.

Quick Info

  • Cohort format starts summer session.
  • Application deadline for Summer 18 chort is February 1, 2018.
  • 39 semester-hour program (see Plan of Study).
  • Full time internship August - May during the first year.
  • Advanced content is the focus of the second year.
  • $225 per semester hour tuition, in-state, plus fees.

Am I "Content Ready"?

  • If you are seeking initial teaching certification in a teaching field not associated with your undergraduate degree, submit a copy of your undergraduate transcript to the College of Education Graduate office for evaluation by an academic advisor for content courses.
  • Applicants accepted into the MAT program must satisfy the required GACE Subject Tests before the start of the program.  Consult the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website for required subject tests.

Criteria for Evaluation of Transcripts

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree requires that candidates have completed teaching content requirements prior to being admitted into the program. Below are two methods to determine whether a candidate meets the content requirement.

  • No additional content is required if the applicant has a degree in or directly related to the area in which the applicant is seeking initial certification. For example, an applicant with a History degree seeking initial certification to teach History, has completed GACE I (or the equivalent), and has completed pedagogy and content in GACE II.
  • In consultation with the COE Graduate Office, an applicant with a degree in a content field not related to the area in which certification is being sought may be required to take additional content courses prior to admission into the MAT program (example, an applicant has a Psychology degree and is seeking initial certification to teach Biology).

Irregular Admission

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 Admission procedures and have not taken the GRE or MAT, or whose GACE Content assessments, GRE, or MAT scores are not on file by February 27, 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, 2018. 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, 2018

  • 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 Admission 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).

Provisional Admission

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 Admission

Non-Degree Admission

Individuals interested in taking graduate education program courses, but who do not want to pursue a graduate degree, may apply for admission as non-degree graduate students. Individuals must receive pre-approval from the MAT program coordinator before enrolling in courses and may register for no more than a total of 12 hours of graduate credit. Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.

The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended documenting completion of a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four-year institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 calculated in accordance with Graduate Admission procedures. Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
  4. If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the United States.

In accordance with Board of Regents’ policy, the following documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of the term:

  1. UNG Certificate of Immunization. Former North Georgia and Gainesville State students are required to submit documentation for any new immunization requirements since last attended.

Any non-degree student who receives a grade of C or below will subject to a program review to determine the student’s eligibility to enroll in coursework for the subsequent term. If a non-degree student is suspended from the program, the student must wait at least one year before applying for readmission.

A non-degree student wishing to apply for admission to the MAT degree program must notify the MAT program coordinator, submit a new application to Graduate Admissions, and meet all program admission requirements. All credit to be applied toward a degree must be approved by the MAT program coordinator.

Transient Student Admission

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

Course Information and Dates

Program of Study - 39 Semester Hours

A program of study must be completed with an advisor before the beginning of the MAT program second semester and submitted to the UNG Registrar’s Office prior to earning 20 hours.

      Summer Year One: 9 Semester Hours

Fall Year One: 6 Semester Hours

Spring Year One:

      Summer Year Two: 3 Semester Hours

    Fall Year Two, and Spring Year Two: 15 Semester Hours

  • Teaching Field Advanced Content(5000 Level or above courses) plus Capstone course the last semester.

Academic Standing Policy

MAT students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:

  1. Probation – Student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:
    a. Student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0.
    b. Student earns a U or any other grade below B.

    No student may be a candidate for the degree or sit for the comprehensive examination while on probation due to a grade point average below a 3.0. Probation will be removed when the student’s grade point average reaches 3.0 or higher. Only grades of D or F must be repeated in order to receive degree credit. Students who are on probation may not register until advised.
     
  2. Suspension – A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons:
    a. Student earns two grades below B (including U’s).
    b. Student has already served three consecutive terms on academic probation.

    No student may enroll in graduate courses at UNG while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will not be recognized for transfer credit. If suspended, a student must apply to Graduate Admissions for readmission. After serving a suspension period of one calendar year, a student seeking to reapply must submit a new application to Graduate Admissions and a letter written to the Dean of the College of Education presenting a rationale for readmission. If readmitted, the student will have the same grade requirements for progress and will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean and the MAT program facilitator. Readmission will not be considered for students who have received four grades below B (including U’s).

Academic and Professional integrity Policy

At the end of each semester, the program faculty or the MAT program coordinator may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the program whose competency is in question for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan should be signed by the student and the MAT program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the College of Education.

Academic Integrity

The University of North Georgia recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic functioning of the university. UNG graduate students are expected to uphold the university regulations addressed in the Student Code of Conduct, Article 3, Rule 2.

Professional Integrity

The Master of Arts in Teaching program adheres to the university’s definition of professional integrity as described in the Academics section of the Graduate Catalog.

MAT Degree Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree include:

  1. Completion of 39 designated semester hours of study with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher with no more than three grades of C.
  2. Completion of at least 27 semester hours of graduate degree requirements in residence with no more than 12 semester hours of transfer credit.
  3. Completion of all degree-related course requirements, including any transfer credits, within a six-year period. 

 

 

Contact Information

Contact Information

For general inquiries or information regarding the program, please contact:

Reginia Boling
COE Graduate Office Administrator

reginia.boling@ung.edu
706.864.1600 (phone)

Application Deadlines

  • Summer – February 1

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