M.A.T. in P-12 Education - 5th Year

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Inspire P-12 student growth and discovery

Mercer University’s 5th Year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in P-12 Education is a blended program designed to prepare students with non-education bachelor’s degrees for initial teacher certification. This program will be completed through evening weekend, and online classes on Mercer’s Macon campus. Course content and field experiences focus on preparing individuals with the foundations to support students in areas beyond their core academic courses. Mercer’s M.A.T. in P-12 Education offers the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and Georgia initial teacher certification in one of the following areas:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music

Successful completion of this program, along with passing scores on the required Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessments, lead to eligibility for Level 5 certification.


Did you know? You could be eligible to earn your initial teaching certification sooner. Mercer’s 5th Year M.A.T. in P-12 Education is pedagogy-only. This program requires students to complete and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment in the area in which they are seeking certification, so it no longer requires content concentration courses. The 30-credit pedagogy-only 5th Year M.A.T. in P-12 Education can be completed in as few as 12 months, so you can get in the classroom sooner. Graduates of Mercer’s 5th Year M.A.T. in P-12 Education are eligible for initial teacher certification, and Georgia public school teachers are candidates for a pay increase with a master’s degree.

Day field experience requirement

During the program, students will apply classroom knowledge and benefit from hands-on field experiences. Students will complete a sequentially planned series of field experiences in diverse settings and meet cluster requirements of the program. If students are currently on a provisional license, they can complete this item in their own classroom. View program requirements to learn more. Field experiences are coordinated through the Office of Field Placement.

Learn more about our 5th Year M.A.T. in P-12 Education

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Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.

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