Secondary, Adult & Physical Education


Greg Dziuban
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

University Hall 271
Fax 912.344.3436

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


Academic Requirements

Admission to the program includes four academic requirements: degree, grade point average, academic preparation and testing.  Individuals who satisfy all requirements (or a listed exemption for the testing requirement) are eligible for regular “full admission” status.  Individuals who meet the other requirements but do not meet the GPA requirement are eligible to be admitted under “admission with limitation” status**.  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**
  • Passing score on Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment OR one of the following:
    All 3 tests individually: reading (test code 200), math (test code 201) and writing (test code 202) OR combined test I, II and III (test code 700) OR one of the following:
    • SAT score (critical reading/verbal and math combined) of at least 1,000 (Scores prior to April 1995 can be recentered.)
    • ACT score (English and math combined) of at least 43 (Scores prior to 10/28/89 can be recentered.)
    • GRE score of at least 297 (verbal and quantitative combined) if taken on or after 8/1/11 (or at least 1,030 if taken earlier)
    • Passing scores on the GACE basic skills assessment
    • Passing score on all three parts of the Praxis I or a composite score of 526 if all three tests were taken by 3/5/07
    • Passing score on an equivalent admission test used in some other states***
    • Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution (if enrolled before 7/1/15)
  • Sufficient academic preparation in the selected field:
    • Undergraduate degree with a major in the field OR
    • At least 21 semester hours of content coursework in the field (including at least nine semester hours of upper-level content courses)****
  • 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]

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.

Anyone who does not meet admissions requirements can apply as a non-degree-seeking student and take four designated courses (EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200 and EDUC 6300).

Application Checklist

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education program is a two-step process: application to the university Office of Graduate Admissions and a separate application to the College of Education.  The required documents are included in the following two checklists:

Office of Graduate Admissions Application Checklist

College of Education Submission Checklist

Office of Admissions
Armstrong State University
Victor Hall, 1st Floor
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
912.344.2798 or 800.633.2349
Fax: 912.344.3417

College of Education
Armstrong State University
University Hall 271
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Georgia 31419
Fax 912.344.3436

*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:  “Admission with limitation” students can take advantage of all program benefits, including eligibility for financial aid, except they are limited to taking four designated courses (EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200 and EDUC 6300).  If, at the completion of the four courses, their GPA is 3.0 or above, they will gain full admission status and be able to take all courses in the program.

***Note:  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission ( determines what tests from other states are acceptable.

****Note:  Unless the applicant’s undergraduate degree indicates a major in the selected field, a transcript analysis will be performed to determine if the sufficient academic preparation requirement is satisfied.  If not, additional undergraduate (or graduate) subject coursework is needed prior to admission to the College of Education.  No course with a grade below C and no remedial course can be counted toward the hours requirement.  Generally, upper-level courses are advanced courses for juniors or seniors that are identified by numbers between 3000 and 4999 (if using a four-digit format), as opposed to lower-level courses (which are numbered between 1000 and 2999 in a four-digit format).  Graduate courses usually are numbered 5000 and above.

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