M.A.T. Next Steps

Continue on your journey toward becoming a teacher by taking the following next steps for Mercer's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs.

  1. Read the "Steps to Become a Georgia Teacher" resource on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) website.
  2. Create your MyPSC account by clicking the "Register" link in the upper right-hand corner of the GaPSC website.
  3. Schedule an in-person or telephone counseling appointment with us so that we may learn more about you, your interests, and goals.
  4. Review our initial teacher certification matrix to see which program option is best as you start your journey of becoming a teacher.

Other Helpful Information

Program Locations and Start Dates:

The M.A.T. in Elementary Education, M.A.T. in Middle Grades, and M.A.T. in Secondary Education have start opportunities each semester on Mercer's Atlanta campus: August and October for Fall I and II, January and March for Spring I and II, and May for Summer.

The M.A.T. in Elementary Education is an annual cohort at Mercer's Henry County Regional Academic Center in McDonough. August 2021 is the next available start option.

Credits Required:

  • The Elementary Education MAT program requires a minimum of 37 credits of graduate-level education classes and field experiences to prepare effective teachers of all subjects for kindergarten through 5th grades.
  • The Middle Grades Education MAT program requires a minimum of 31 credits of graduate-level education classes and two emphasis areas chosen from English Language Arts, Social Sciences, Math, or Science.
  • The Secondary Education MAT program requires an undergraduate major in the appropriate content area (e.g., English, math, biology, history, etc.) or in a closely related field and a minimum of 31-36 credits  of graduate-level education classes and one emphasis area chosen from: English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics, economics, geography, history, and political science.

Day Field Placement Requirement

Field experience is an integral part of the Teacher Preparation Program. Each candidate is expected to complete a sequentially planned series of field experiences in diverse settings, and meet cluster requirements of their individual program plan. Field experiences are coordinated through the Office of Field Placement. See below for more information on:

How to Apply

To apply for admission to Master of Arts in Teaching, submit the following:

To submit application materials:
1. Send electronic transcripts (preferred), or any other imaged items (Ethics Completion, Provisional Certificate) via email to mercereducation@mercer.edu.

2.  Mail paper transcripts and documents to:  

Mercer University
Tift College of Education
3001 Mercer University Drive

B/E 129
Atlanta, GA 30341


Application Deadlines:  

  • August 1 – Fall
  • October 1 – Fall II
  • December 1 – Spring I
  • March 1 – Spring II
  • May 1 – Summer

Tuition and Financial Planning

The 2020-2021 tuition rates are $639 per credit or $1,917 per 3-credit course.  It is recommended the graduate prospect complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the same time he or she applies in order to save time if accepted. Student loans are available for those who qualify; click here to learn more about payment options.

Graduate student loans are the norm for financial assistance. Graduate assistantships are not available.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Mercer University takes great pride in being designated the first Purple Heart University in Georgia. Read more on Mercer's resources for military-connected individuals.