Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

About the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree 

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is an advanced degree designed to prepare individuals who have completed content requirements for initial teacher certification. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree provides students with the pedagogical and professional knowledge, skills and dispositions to be effective educators. Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Valdosta State University develop the ability to use and apply research skills, study current issues and trends in their fields, and become knowledgeable about legal issues and ethics.

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State offers several programs of study that lead to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The Master of Arts in Teaching programs in special education –general curriculum and special education – adapted curriculum are online programs offered through Georgia ONmyLINE, the online education program of the University System of Georgia. The special education – deaf and hard of hearing program is also an online program. The Master of Arts in Teaching programs in middle grades education, special education and secondary education are traditional, on-campus programs.

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education – General Curriculum (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education – Adapted Curriculum (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (M.A.T.)

About the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Curriculum

M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in middle grades education is for professionals currently teaching on a non-renewable, non-professional certificate. The program enables these students to earn certification (T-4) after their first year and complete the requirements for the degree in their second year (T-5). The curriculum includes two full semesters of internship/student teaching experience in the schools. The degree includes an Alternative Certification for Teachers (ACT) program for students who already have content degrees and who desire teacher certification.

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M.A.T. in Secondary Education

The Master in Arts in Teaching in secondary education includes an Alternative Certification for Teachers (ACT) track that gives college graduates the opportunity to earn a master's degree in education and receive recommendation for initial teacher certification in secondary education. The program is geared toward professionals currently teaching on a non-renewable, non-professional certificate. The degree includes a second track that is a full-time master's/certification program, which incorporates evening courses and daytime apprenticeships and internships in the schools. Secondary education programs, which include grades 6-12, are offered in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, history or political science.

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M.A.T. in Special Education – Adapted Curriculum

M.A.T. in Special Education – General Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Teaching program with initial certification in special education – adapted curriculum or special education – general curriculum is a part of Georgia ONmyLINE, the online education program of the University System of Georgia. The online degree program is designed for individuals who are seeking a master's degree and initial certification in special education; to qualify for the program, students must have a non-renewable certificate to teach or be able to spend approximately 20 hours per week in classrooms with children with disabilities. Students in the program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement evidence-based interventions for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

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M.A.T. in Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in special education – deaf and hard of hearing is an online degree program for non-certified individuals seeking certification. Students entering the program must have a minor in deaf studies or have completed equivalent coursework in American Sign Language and deaf culture. Students in the program demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology and monitoring/modifying instruction during observed and supervised teaching episodes. Students demonstrate content knowledge by passing the state-required content assessment in deaf education.

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Careers*

  • Adapted physical education teacher
  • Autism center teacher
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Deaf educator
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Education management specialist
  • Educational advocate
  • Family services worker
  • Guidance counselor
  • Hard of hearing educator
  • High school English teacher
  • High school history teacher
  • High school mathematics teacher
  • High school science teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Middle school English teacher
  • Middle school geography teacher
  • Middle school history teacher
  • Middle school mathematics teacher
  • Middle school science teacher
  • Middle school social studies teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Mobility specialist
  • Physical education teacher
  • Political science teacher
  • Recreational therapist
  • Religious school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Social services specialist
  • Special education teacher
  • Special needs teacher
  • Speech pathologist
  • Teacher for hearing impaired students
  • Teaching assistant
  • Youth program director
  • Youth specialist for nonprofit organization

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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