Secondary, Adult & Physical Education


Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271

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


Before applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education program, individuals should determine if they are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic and test score requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 OR one of the following:
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours leading to the bachelor’s degree
    • GRE combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 297 (or 1000 before 08/01/2011)
    • Miller Analogies Test score of 400
    • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution* with a 3.0 graduate GPA
  • Passing score on Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment OR one of the following:
    • SAT combined score (Critical Reading/Verbal and Math) of 1,000
    • ACT combined score (English and Math) of 43
    • GRE combined score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 297(or 1030 for test scores after 08/01/2011)
    • Passing score on equivalent test used in other states
    • Masters' degree or above from a regionally accredited institution*
  • A major in the selected field or minimum 21 hours of content coursework in the field (with at least nine semester hours of upper level coursework)**
  • Passing scores on relevant GACE Content Assessment examination, unless an undergraduate degree was earned in the field within the past seven years - The assessment must reflect the field chosen for certification:
    • English [GACE test codes 020 and 021]or combined test [code 520]
    • History [GACE test codes 034 and 035]or combined test [code 534]
    • Mathematics [GACE test codes 022 and 023] or combined test [code 522]
    • Science [GACE test codes 024 and 025] or combined test [code 524]

*Note: PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at

** Note:  A transcript analysis will be performed to determine if the academic preparation requirement is satisfied or if additional undergraduate content coursework is needed prior to admission to the College of Education.

The above are minimum academic, test score or professional requirements only.  Read the entire application checklist to determine what documents must be included in your submission.

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the College of Education. Contact information is provided in the left panel of this page.

Information about the GACE examinations can be found on the Internet at