Elementary Education (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in elementary education is designed for individuals holding a bachelor's degree in a closely related field who wish to obtain a teaching certificate and master's degree in elementary education. Certification in this field is for grades Pre-K through 5. The M.A.T. provides professional and pedagogical studies that develop proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and habits of beginning teachers.
All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Successful completion of the M.A.T. program and passing scores on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) basic skills and content tests allow the candidate to be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for teacher certification at the T-5 level (i.e., the letter “T” indicates that the certificate is in a teaching field and the number “5” indicates that the candidate’s highest degree is a master’s degree recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission).
Program of Study
|Area 1 Professional Core|
|EDCI 6227||Foundations of Education - Human Development, Motivation, and Learning||2|
|EDCI 6228||Foundations of Education - Special Education||3|
|EDUF 6116||Educational Research Methods||3|
|Area 1 Total||8|
|Area 2 Teaching Field Studies|
|ELEM 3256||Curriculum and Organization in Elementary Education||4|
|ELEM 4105||Technology for the Twenty-First Century Classroom||2|
|ELEM 4217||Teaching Language Arts in Elementary Education||4|
|ELEM 4247||Math Methods, Diagnostics and Prescriptive Instruction||4|
|ELEM 6135||Developing Scientific Thinking in Young Children||3|
|ELEM 6156||Theories, Concepts, and Applications of Child Development||3|
|ELEM 6166||Assessment Methodologies, Instruments, and Procedures in Elementary Education||3|
|EDRG 3215||Teaching Children to Read||3|
|EDRG 4218||Reading in the Content Areas: Concentration in Social Studies||3|
|Area 2 Total||29|
|Area 3 Professional Practice|
|EDUF 6125||Classroom Management||2|
|Select one of the following:||6-10|
|Teaching Internship (2 semesters - 6 credits)|
|Student Teaching (1 semester - 10 credits)|
|Area 3 Total||8-12|
|Area 4 Elective Required|
|Select one of the following 2 courses||3|
|Literacy Education with Young Children|
|Writing and the Young Child|
|Select one of the following 2 courses||3|
|Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom|
|Imagination, Curiosity, & Creativity in Teaching and Learning|
|Area 4 Total||6|
|Area 5 Certification Requirements|
|The following are required if not met in previous degree program:||0-12|
|Algebra & Proportionality|
|Understanding Data Analysis and Probability|
|Understanding Geometry and Measurement|
|Foundations of Numbers and Operations|
|Area 5 Total||0-12|
|Area 6 Other Requirements Required Hours: 0|
|ELEM 6000||M.A.T. Exit Portfolio||0|
|Total Credit Hours||51-67|
Required if not met in previous degree program.
Note: For admission to the M.A.T. program, candidates must have a degree in an approved field (subject to transcript evaluation) and 25 semester hours of approved coursework with a grade of "C" or better.
Note: Contact advisor for information about endorsements.
- Degree in related field or a minimum of 25 semester hours of approved coursework
- Transcript evaluation to determine content courses needed for certification.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree
- Satisfactory scores on the general portion (quantitative and verbal) of the Revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with "writing assessment" component; OR passing scores on the GACE content examinations required in the intended teacher certification field
- Admission to Teacher Education – Go to http://safe.columbusstate.edu/teacher_ed.php for additional information.
Additional Program Requirements
- Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies
- Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses
- A minimum of 27 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence
- A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a masters degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student’s advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred
- All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.
Program Learning Outcomes
- maintain high levels of professionalism and ethical standards that demonstrate commitment to the teaching profession
- establish effective written and oral communication with students, teachers, administrators, and parents/families
- organize and implement differentiated instruction to support students’ performances commensurate with their levels of readiness and diverse backgrounds
- evaluate, select, and implement appropriate instructional practices related to curriculum (e.g., reading and writing) with attention to the inclusion of technology
- develop assessments and analyze assessment data for future instructional decisions
- use current research in elementary education that are grounded in the historical context of curriculum theory to refine classroom practices