4+1 Bridge Program

Accelerate your pace

Mercer University offers the opportunity for eligible students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in either Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, or P–12 Education over the course of approximately five years of full-time study.

In the 4+1 Bridge Program in Education, students complete three phases of study:

  • Phase 1: Beginning study for undergraduate students
    Before your junior year
    Before admission to the 4+1 Bridge Program
  • Phase 2: Advanced study in M.A.T. coursework for undergraduate students
    During the junior and/or senior year
    After admission to the 4+1 Bridge Program
  • Phase 3: Graduate study for graduate students
    After completion of the Mercer undergraduate degree
    After admission to the 4+1 Bridge Program

4+1 Bridge Program requirements

The 4+1 Bridge Program in Education is available to Mercer students who:

  • Have earned either junior class standing or at least 90 course credit hours
  • Have earned a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Have completed the online, self-paced “GACE Educator Ethics Assessment” module
  • Have completed a no-fee, streamlined application to the 4+1 Bridge Program in Education


Learn more

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6062 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.