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icon for graduate degrees Middle Level Education M.A.T.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Middle Level Education (MLE) provides initial teacher certification for individuals who desire to teach middle level students (grades 4-8).

In this program, outstanding faculty with extensive experience in research and practice in middle grades education collaborate with in-service teachers and community partners to prepare middle level teachers to be effective in their roles as culturally responsive teachers.

The M.A.T. in Middle Level Education program prepares teachers in two content areas, and teacher candidates must choose two of the following concentrations: Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.

Graduates of the M.A.T. in Middle Level program are effective teachers who design and implement meaningful, balanced, and critical instruction with diverse learners.

Additionally, graduates from this program are prepared as social justice educators who:

  1. reflect on themselves (their experiences, biases, privileges, etc.), others, policies, and structures and how these affect student learning and engagement; and
  2. connect student learning to what is happening in local, national, and global contexts, including injustices related to race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and other demographic categories or markers of identity.

Our graduates are incredibly successful teachers who are actively recruited by school districts and we celebrate their accomplishments! Please see the resources tab for a program of study planning sheet that will be a guide for course selection.

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Course description and classes

Program of Study 

M.A.T. candidates will select two of four concentrations and use the below program of study to guide their course selections.

All initial teacher preparation program candidates must pass a state mandated teacher performance assessment, the edTPA, at the end of their programs in order to become certified in Georgia. The teacher performance assessment is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to help all students learn. Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and analyzing student learning. Most of our Middle Level candidates pass the edTPA:

Middle Level English Language Arts - 18/18
Middle Level History/Social Studies - 9/9
Middle Level Mathematics - 21/21
Middle Level Science - 7/8

TEEMS Information:
[email protected]
404-413-8341
Program Coordinator(s):
Language Arts/Social Studies Concentration:
Dr. Chantee Earl — [email protected]
Mathematics/Science Concentration
Dr. Nadia Behizadeh — [email protected]

Visit our graduate admissions page for:

  •     application deadlines
  •     application requirements
  •     how to apply

Graduate Admissions 

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