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Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education

Become an elementary teacher, even without a bachelor’s in education

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Have your Bachelor’s?

You’re ready to start elementary school teacher certification training

More than 7,000 additional elementary school teachers are projected to be needed in Georgia by 2026. Brenau’s 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education prepares you to transition into a rewarding, in-demand career as a certified elementary school teacher.


To enroll in this program, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. The good news? That bachelor’s degree can be in any subject; this program is designed specifically for those who want to become teachers but didn’t earn a bachelor’s in education.


Brenau’s elementary education M.A.T. degree helps you:

  • Become certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to teach pre-K through 5th grade
  • Prepare for edTPA assessment exams specific to elementary school teachers (Brenau M.A.T. graduates have an edTPA pass rate of 95–100%)
  • Increase your job security while beginning a more impactful career

How does an M.A.T. differ from an M.Ed.?

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

M.A.T. curriculum is heavily focused on classroom teaching, and is best for bachelor’s degree holders who want to become teachers.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

M.Ed. programs are ideal for current teachers who seek promotion to administrative positions, such as a principal or curriculum developer.


Choose Brenau for your M.A.T. in Elementary Education

When you become a teacher, you’ll want your students to have access to the best education and resources possible. That’s why Brenau provides online students like you with professional tutoring, academic coaching, our writing center and more.

100% Online

Your M.A.T. coursework is 100% online to better fit your busy life

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You’re getting a quality degree from a university with a quality accreditation

Accelerated classes

Most classes last just seven weeks, moving along at a pace convenient to you


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Get where you want to be in your career with Brenau’s M.A.T. in Elementary Education

Potential Careers

  • Preschool teacher
  • Daycare center teacher
  • Elementary school teacher

Georgia Mean Annual Salary

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
$56,360
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Annual Job Openings

Elementary School Teachers in Georgia, 2018–2020
4,840
Projections Central


Increase your starting salary

Beginning your teaching career with an M.A.T. can increase your starting salary.

According to Teacher.org, teachers with a master’s make an average of:
$7,000
more per year nationwide.


Invest in your future by investing in Brenau

  • Best Value

  • $713

    Cost per credit

  • $17k

    The average financial aid package for Brenau students


Expand on your bachelor’s with master’s-level teaching skills

Core classes for the M.A.T. in Elementary Education include:

Core Classes
  • Assessment for Literacy Instruction
  • Language Arts for Teachers
  • Social Studies for Teachers
  • Content Methods - Elementary Education
  • Methods for Teaching Science
  • Methods for Teaching Math
  • Fine Arts Integration for Teachers
  • Introduction to Teacher Education
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Understanding & Managing Learners
  • Instructional Practices & Assessment
  • Computer Literacy in Education
  • School Law & Ethics in Education
  • Clinical Practice Seminar
  • Literacy Knowledge and Foundations
  • Literacy Methods for Elementary Education
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Gaining Teaching Experience

After you complete all of your courses, you’ll apply the skills you learn through a student teaching or internship experience. Brenau’s Office of Clinical Experiences will work with schools and experienced mentors to ensure your success.

Connect with an enrollment coach for more details:
866.239.4762


Elementary Education Students qualify for financial aid

In addition to federal or state financial aid, Georgia residents enrolled in this program may be eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship, as well as the TEACH Grant, which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.


“The professors at Brenau inspired me to become a highly effective educator, and they played an important part in learning different teaching methods that I currently use in my classroom.”

— Anita Smith, ’16