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Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education

Become a middle school teacher, even if your bachelor’s isn’t in education

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Have any Bachelor’s degree?

You’re qualified to begin middle school teacher certification training

The need for qualified teachers in Georgia and across the country continues to grow, especially during the crucial middle school years (grades 6–8). Brenau’s 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Grades Education empowers you to meet this need as you train to become a state-certified middle school teacher.


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To enroll in this program, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited university. Regardless of the bachelor’s degree you hold, you will choose two of the following concentrations during your Brenau studies:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Note: Because of course overlap, students may not choose both Language Arts and Reading.


Brenau’s middle grades M.A.T. degree helps you:

  • Become certified to teach grades 6–8 by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)
  • Prepare for edTPA assessment exams in the specific subjects you teach (Brenau M.A.T. graduates have an edTPA pass rate of 95–100%)
  • Boost your job security and transition to a meaningful career

Which degree is right for you?

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Middle Grades Education

M.A.T. heavily focuses on classroom teaching, and is best for those who already have a bachelor’s and want to become a teacher in grades 6–8.

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

This program prepares bachelor’s holders to become certified teachers at both the middle school and high school level (grades 6–12).

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

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


Choose Brenau for your M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education

Just like you will do for your future students, Brenau offers you easy access to quality education so you can realize your career goals. Resources like our professional tutoring program, academic coaching and writing center help online students succeed.

100% Online

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

GaPSC-Approved

You’re getting a degree from a university that’s GaPSC-approved.

Accelerated classes

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


Make a real difference in a rewarding career


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

Potential Careers

  • Middle school teacher
  • Educational therapist
  • Teacher assistant

National Average Salary

Middle School Teachers
$57,000
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Job Growth

Middle School Teaching Occupations
8%
Projected growth, 2016–2026


Increase your starting salary

Beginning your middle school 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

  • $742

    Cost per credit

  • 85%

    More than 85% of Brenau students receive some sort of financial assistance


Add to your bachelor’s with master’s-level teaching skills

Curriculum for the M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education includes:

Core Classes
  • Introduction to Teacher Education
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Understanding & Managing Learners
  • Instructional Practices & Assessment
  • Content Applications
  • Computer Literacy in Education
  • School Law & Ethics in Education
  • Clinical Practice Seminar
  • Literacy Knowledge and Foundations
  • Literacy Methods for Middle Grades Education
  • Assessment for Literacy Instruction
Concentration Requirements (Choose Two Subjects)
  • Language Arts
    • Literacy Methods for Middle Grades Education
    • Language Arts for Teachers
  • Mathematics
    • Methods for Teaching Math
  • Reading
    • Literacy Knowledge and Foundations
    • Literacy Methods for Middle Grades Education
    • Assessment for Literacy Instruction
    • Language Arts for Teachers
    • Reading in the Content Areas
  • Science
    • Methods for Teaching Science
  • Social Studies
    • Social Studies for Teachers
    • History of the United States I
    • History of the United States II
    • World Civilization I

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


“It’s exciting to think that what you’re doing really matters. It impacts not only a child’s life, but it’s going to impact generations to come through what you’re doing right now, helping them to prepare.

— Dr. Jill Goforth
Director of Clinical Experiences