Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching degree leads to initial teaching certification in Georgia and is suitable for applicants interested in a teaching career in public schools (current teachers holding clear renewable certificates should consider our M.Ed. programs). The MAT program focuses on content pedagogy coursework in a specific subject concentration (see below) along with supervised clinical experiences in public school placements. The program is fully approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

You will choose from one of five concentrations within the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Secondary English (6-12)

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary English concentration leads to teaching certification in English Language Arts grades 6-12. The program is currently 15-18 months in length and enrolls in both spring and summer semesters.

The program comprises 39 total credit hours, including 30 hours of teaching field coursework and a yearlong student teaching experience.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in a field other than English may need to complete prerequisite coursework to be eligible for admission to the Secondary English concentration. Prerequisite categories and potential courses are detailed in the prerequisite approval form; please contact the program adviser for more information and guidance.

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Secondary Mathematics (6-12) or Secondary Science (6-12)

The secondary mathematics or science concentration emphasizes your advancement of understanding adolescent development, educational psychology, curriculum, assessment, and teaching strategies particular to teaching secondary mathematics or secondary science.

Through a year-long clinical experience, you will apply what you learn so that you can impact the learning of all your students.

The secondary mathematics or science coursework is designed to be completed in four semesters for those who want an accelerated path to teaching. The MAT in Secondary Mathematics or Secondary Science leads to initial certification in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics grades 6-12.

The program comprises 36 total hours, including at least 12 hours of professional sequence courses and 18 hours of teaching field courses.

If you are a science candidate, you will take an additional six hours of content area courses determined with consultation with your adviser. Mathematics candidates will take the following sequence:

Mathematics Content Courses (6 hours)
MAED 7495: Advanced Perspectives on School Mathematics I (3 hrs.) – online
MAED 7595: Advanced Perspectives on School Mathematics II (3 hrs.) – online

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MAT in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Advocating for English Learners around the world, the MAT in TESOL concentration focuses on teaching English to diverse P-12 students learning English as an additional language. Through 39 credits of coursework, you will acquire essential skills and practices for curriculum development, collaboration projects, teaching reading and writing in various content areas, and more. All TESOL courses are available online so you can easily work around your schedule. Discover specific course offerings, program admission requirements and important deadlines for declaring your concentration. 

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MAT in Special Education

A MAT in Special Education concentration will allow you to obtain your initial P-12 Certification in Special Education General Curriculum. You will work through courses that prepare you to teach diverse learners, students with disabilities and various behavioral differences. Coursework can be completed in four (4) semesters with 42 credit hours of coursework focused on certification in Special Education and Reading Endorsement. This concentration allows for optimal flexibility, offered exclusively online with no on-campus courses required. Check out the program breakdown by semester, admission requirements, and important deadlines to declare your concentration. 

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KSU Master of Arts in Teaching students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Program Format: Online or Hybrid, Varies by Concentration

Number of Credit Hours: 36-42, Varies by Concentration

Entry Terms: Spring: English, Mathematics, Science
                          Summer: English, Mathematics, Science, Special Education & TESOL

Time to Complete: 4-6 Semesters, Varies by Concentration

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring, November 1st (English, Mathematics, Science)
  • Summer, May 1st (Summer: English, Mathematics, Science, Special Education & TESO)
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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee: Spring Application (only English, Math, and Secondary Science) Summer Application (English, Math, Secondary Science, Special Education, and TESOL)
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - More information can be found at
  • Personal Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and explain what has led to your decision to become an educator. 
  • Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document education, any teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Can be sent electronically through the online application. 
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview. 


  • Math - A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or completion of Calculus I and II with grades of “C” or better
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Teaching Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Approved by the GaPSC — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission fully supports all degrees for the Specialist in Secondary and Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University

  • Online and hybrid programs

    • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Online)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary English (Hybrid)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Mathematics (Hybrid)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science (Hybrid)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (Online)

What can you do with a Teaching degree?

A Master of Arts in Teaching degree can lead to various professional jobs such as:

  • High School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Superintendent
  • Standardized Test Developer 
  • Educational Consultant
  • After-School Program Director
  • Homeschool Consultant
  • Recreation Director

Master of Arts in Teaching Salary and Career Information

Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education 

Kennesaw State University
Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education
Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education
Building 580 Parliament Garden Way NW
Mail Drop #0122
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470.578.4377

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1Program tuition is an estimate based on the average student's time to complete. Costs for books, travel, other miscellaneous fees (parking, labs, graduation, etc.) are not included. Tuition and fee changes are posted in the Spring and are effective for Fall semester. Please note that fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term without prior notice. For additional information, see tuition and fees or graduate program financial aid.