M.A.T. Secondary Education - STEM


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education STEM is intended for those who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking initial certification at the master's level. Successful completion of the M.A.T. program of study and passing scores on the required GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 5 induction certification. 

The program for secondary certification in grades 6-12 prepares candidates to effectively teach in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math, or Physics. This innovative model of teacher education is patterned after a medical clinical model with embedded clinical experiences and a three-year residency. The STEM M.A.T. closes the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge by focusing on STEM teaching and learning.

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Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to promote an interdisciplinary perspective using the following STEM reasoning modalities: complex adaptive systems, computational reasoning, model-based reasoning, quantitative reasoning and evidence-based claims.
  • Design and implement a developmentally appropriate interdisciplinary STEM curriculum.
  • Demonstrate competency in developing and implementing a wide variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
  • Utilize effective teaching pedagogy to make connections among academic knowledge, STEM practices and contextual influences on the students, school and community.
  • Engage in reflective practice and self-assessment of pedagogy and find opportunities to grow professionally and develop emerging leadership qualities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, community and agencies to promote and advocate for the learning and well being of the adolescent.


The coursework will be tied to clinical work in high schools and will enable pre-service teachers to use their enhanced STEM content knowledge to integrate theory and practice. The program’s clinical goal is for the pre-service teachers to be immersed in the high school setting four days per week. The work in their campus courses will be connected and dependent on their experiences teaching in the high school classroom.


After Fellows are certified and employed in a partner district or other high-needs rural or urban school district, they begin a three-year Residency in STEM teaching. During this three-year residency, Mercer will follow each Fellow’s progress and provide professional development.

Mercer University is one of five Georgia institutions selected to participate in the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – into teaching in high-need Georgia secondary schools. 


The M.A.T. in Secondary Education STEM program is offered on Mercer’s Macon campus, and students are admitted once per year in May. Classes are delivered through traditional classroom instruction with some hybrid instruction components. The program begins once a year in the summer (May) and is designed to be completed in four semesters: Summer, Fall, Spring and Summer.

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