The MAT: music education is a full-time fifth-year professional degree program. This professional degree offers students a competitive edge in the search for teaching careers in the state of Georgia. The program is also designed for candidates from other institutions who hold bachelor degrees in music but who are not certified to teach, and those with a nonrenewable IN4T teacher certificate (all must pass the GACE PAA test). The coordinator will evaluate transcripts upon application to determine if the necessary pre-requisites have been met and develop individualized plans of study based on student needs.
The MAT: music education consists of 34 graduate credit hours plus all undergraduate prerequisites not filled in undergraduate study. The one-year, partially online, full-time program features Field Placement and Student Teaching during which MAT students work collaboratively with certified, experienced master teachers and university professors (note: prerequisite needs may extend the program beyond one year, but most finish within two years). Candidates will acquire the theoretical and philosophical framework and practical experience that prepares them to teach in 21st-century schools. The combined curriculum is designed to produce music educators with outstanding content knowledge and pedagogical proficiency who will engage, motivate, and educate PreK-12 students. This program prepares students to document and evaluate student learning outcomes and implement innovative practices within the field.
Successful completion of this degree, including GACE PAA, GACE ethics exams, GACE music-content exams and edTPA, will result in T-5 Certification in P-12 Music by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.