Secondary, Adult & Physical Education


Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education
(Initial Certification)

Format:   On Campus and Blended
Credits:   30 semester hours

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in an approved field (English, History, Mathematics, and Science), who wish to secure initial teaching certification as a secondary school teacher (grades 6 through 12) and earn a graduate degree. 

The program of study has been designed to provide program completers with the knowledge and skills required to evaluate, plan, and provide appropriate learning experiences for students in grades 6-12. Program completers will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Prepare candidates to create learning experiences that address the developmental needs of the adolescent and young adult students.
  • Prepare candidates to plan and teach lessons that elevate their students’ subject matter knowledge and skills.
  • Candidates to explore the interaction between adolescents and adults with an emphasis on classroom management techniques.
  • Employ best practices in the creation and use of secondary curriculum and assessment using a variety of strategies to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of all students.
  • Understand the importance of working collaboratively with family and community members to increase student welfare and learning.

Career Opportunities

Alumni from the Secondary Education program will work in the public and private school systems throughout southeast Georgia, the states and nation as: middle school teachers; high school teachers; lead teachers; assistant principals; team leaders, many of whom have been nominated as Teacher of the Year in their districts.

Course of Study

The program of study consists of 10 required courses totaling 30 semester hours.  These courses deliver an overall foundation for teaching, address the particular needs of secondary students, supply a methodology for teaching and provide clinical experience through student teaching.

A full-time, semester-long, field-based graduate internship (student teaching) is under the tutelage of a university supervisor.  This internship cannot begin until all other required courses have been completed. Most courses are offered face-to-face at night and some courses are available online.  Not all courses are offered every semester.  For example, the internship is offered only during the fall and spring semesters and during the day – when schools are in session.  (Please check the Class Schedule Listing on the Armstrong Web site to see course information for the upcoming semester.)