M.A.T. in Secondary Education - 5th Year

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Mercer University’s 5th Year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education program is an 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, as well as field experience, focus on the foundations of education, adolescent development, and interdisciplinary teaching methods for grades 6-12. An initial summer field placement and a year-long field placement in an area high school prepares teachers to support the diverse needs of students.

Expanded secondary education certification fields in biology, business education, engineering and technology, chemistry, earth/space science, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, political science, or trade and industrial education will prepare candidates to support students in the field of their choice. For more information, view a complete list of secondary education fields.

Successful completion of the M.A.T. program, in addition to passing scores on the required Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Content Pedagogy Assessment and Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessments, leads 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 Secondary 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 Secondary 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 Secondary Education are eligible for initial teacher certification, and Georgia public school teachers are candidates for a pay increase with a master’s degree.

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.

Expand your knowledge

Through program curriculum, students will gain knowledge in:

  • Understanding the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical characteristics and needs of adolescents
  • Understanding how students differ in their approach to learning and how to adapt the learning environment to meet diverse needs in the secondary education environment
  • Designing and implementing an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Developing and implementing a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate students’ learning and academic achievement
  • Integrating research-based strategies and instructional technology effectively into all components of the secondary school curriculum

Learn more about our 5th Year M.A.T. in Secondary 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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