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Dr. Mark Randall Spaid

Dr. M. Randy Spaid

Graduate Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Studies
100 University Parkway
Macon, Ga 31206

Phone: (478) 757-2669
Fax: (478) 471-2469

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Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Certification (6-12)

ARE YOU A GOOD FIT?

  • Desire to teach in a high school
  • Pursuing a new career or new college degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, mathematics, English or history
  • Seeking an initial teaching certification

The MAT in Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Certification program prepares the candidate who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, English, history, or mathematics from a Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) accredited institution.

The MAT program is a full-time hybrid program with off-site placement of its graduate interns at Professional Development Schools in the Bibb County School District, Macon, Georgia.

Developed with a key partnership in the Bibb County School District, this MAT degree program is designed to address a critical need for highly qualified and effective secondary school teachers in the middle Georgia area.

The MAT will provide a pathway to initial teacher certification and foster applied research in the areas of teacher practice, student achievement, professional development, assessment, and innovation for graduates who already have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or mathematics or a Bachelor of Arts in English or history.

The mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Certification (MAT) program is to prepare adaptive professionals who are competent, accountable, reflective, and engaged.


Admission Requirements

Admission into the MAT program is competitive and granted on a space available basis. Students must:

  1. Submit a graduate program admission packet to the School of Education. Admission packets are found on the Office of Graduate Studies website. Prospective students may also contact the Office of Graduate Studies or the School of Education for an admission packet. Admissions packets must be complete in order for the Pre-Service Certificate to be requested from the GaPSC.
  2. Be admitted to Middle Georgia State University (MGA) in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all courses to include transfer, transient, or taken as a part of a prior degree. Students who have not met all requirements for admission but have a cumulative GPA between 2.75-2.99 may submit a letter of appeal as part of their application. Disciplinary action at MGA and/or any other institution that the student has attended or while in the military may prevent admission.
  3. Submit an official transcript indicating the awarding of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, English, history, or mathematics from a GaPSC accredited institution.
  4. Present a passing score on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or show evidence of exemption from any of the following national exam scores: minimum 525 composite score on Praxis I (if taken prior to August 2006); SAT – minimum combined score of 1000 on SAT verbal/math; ACT minimum combined score of 43 on English/Math; or GRE minimum combined score of 1030 on verbal/quantitative prior to August 1, 2011 or minimum combined score of 297 on verbal/quantitative if taken after August 1, 2011.
  5. Provide a clear criminal background check and proof of completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Entry Assessment (350G). Information regarding both will be provided in the admission packet.
  6. Provide passing scores at the Professional Level (250+) on the GACE content area assessments for your degree.
  7. Provide biographical statement including professional goals and two professional recommendations.
  8. Complete a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate application which includes the verification of lawful presence.
  9. The School of Education will request a Pre-Service Certificate from the GaPSC for the prospective candidate. The decision to issue the Pre-Service Certificate resides solely with the GaPSC.
  10. Upon receipt of a copy of the Pre-Service Certificate by the School of Education the School of Education will notify the prospective candidate of their acceptance as a graduate intern in writing.
  11. Upon acceptance, students are referred to as “graduate interns”.
  12. Be available during regular public school day hours for practicums.
  13. Upon acceptance, graduate interns must present proof of having liability insurance and a Livetext account.
  14. Graduate interns must sign their program of study. Graduate interns are required to follow the program of study as prepared by the School of Education. Deviations from that program without prior consent from the Dean of the School of Education will result in dismissal from the School of Education.

Curriculum

This program directs graduate interns to begin coursework during summer semester and complete the program in the spring of the following calendar year. Summer term online courses will follow the traditional institutional calendar. The graduate practicums (field experiences) will be offered during fall and spring terms and will be a full semester in length.

  • EDUC 5001 – Foundations of Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5002 – Integrating Technology in School-Based Learning Environments (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5003 – Reading and Multiple Literacies (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5004 – Methods of Teaching and Assessment for Learning (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5005 – Practicum I and Seminar (6 hours)
  • EDUC 5006 – Practicum II and Seminar (9 hours)
  • SPED 5001 – Adolescent Development and Diverse Learning Needs (3 hours)

Total Hours: 30

Tentative Program of Study

  • Summer 2017 (9 credit hours)
  • EDUC 5001 – Foundations of Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5002 – Integrating Technology in School-Based Learning Environments (3 hours)
  • SPED 5001 – Adolescent Development and Diverse Learning Needs (3 hours)
  • Fall 2017 (12 credit hours)
  • EDUC 5003 – Reading and Multiple Literacies (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5004 – Methods of Teaching and Assessment for Learning (3 hours)
  • EDUC 5005 – Practicum I and Seminar (6 hours)
  • Spring 2018 (9 credit hours)
  • EDUC 5006 – Practicum II and Seminar (9 hours)

Testing Requirements for Applicants

  1. In order to gain eligibility for testing you must create or update your MyPSC account at www.gapsc.com using your legal name as shown on your ID documents you will present on the day of testing.
    • For the GACE Program Admission Assessment select reason #1 “I am testing to satisfy the Program Admission Assessment requirement.”
    • For the GACE Content Assessments select reason #3 “I am taking a content assessment to gain eligibility for employment and plan to complete a state-approved program such as GaTAPP, a certification-only program, or a Master’s degree with a certification program embedded.”
    • For the Georgia Educator Ethics Entry Assessment select reason #7 “I am taking the Program Entry level of the Georgia Educator Ethics or the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership assessment.”
  2. You must add the program (Middle Georgia State University) you are seeking admissions into as a score recipient.
  3. ETS sends you an email with a link to the assessment requested.
  4. Access the assessment system, select Test Takers under Registration, create your account, and register and pay the fee online.

GACE Program Admission Assessment (combined Test I, II, and III -700)

  • Test I – Reading (200)
  • Test II – Mathematics (201)
  • Test III – Writing (202)

GACE Content Assessments

  • Biology – Part I (026) & Part II (027) – (Combined Test I & II – 526)
  • English – Part I (020) & Part II (021) – (Combined Test I & II – 520)
  • History – Part I (034) & Part II (035) – (Combined Test I & II – 534)
  • Mathematics – Part I (022) & Part II (023) – (Combined Test I & II – 522)

GACE Educator Ethics Entry Assessment (350)


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  LAST MODIFIED: 7/3/2017