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Online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Education

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Kick off your career in secondary education

Fully online classes

Supportive faculty

Small classes

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  • Duration 5 semesters
  • Cost per credit $824
  • Credit hours 48

Program Benefits

  • No application fee
  • GRE/GMAT not required
  • Two start dates per year
  • Financial aid available

Apply your unique experience as a teacher

Are you ready to move into a successful career teaching grades 6–12? From here, you can.

With Brenau’s online secondary education degree, you will gain the tools you need to increase your job security while you build a career as a middle school or high school teacher. This program prepares you for certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

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Gain instructional skills designed for secondary education

Our online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Education focuses heavily on classroom skills. After you graduate and pass the GACE certification exam, you will be certified and possess the tools and experience you need to be a middle school or high school teacher.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, from 2021 to 2031, jobs for middle school teachers will grow by 4%, and jobs for high school teachers will grow by 5%.1,2

Career Outlook

Add to your teaching tools

45–48 credit hours

10 core courses

In addition to a comprehensive foundation of core coursework in teaching, you will have the opportunity to take a focused content course in science, mathematics, social studies or children’s literature and language arts. The secondary education master’s degree also includes clinical experience.

Course spotlights

  • ED 610 Content Literacy
  • ED 612 Instructional Planning & Assessment
  • ED 701 Contemporary Issues in Education
Curriculum Details

It’s always a good time to apply

No GRE/GMAT required

No application fee

The online master’s degree in secondary education offers two start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and start your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free.

To apply to Brenau’s online MAT in Secondary Education, you’ll need:

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
Two letters of recommendation – preferably professional and/or academic sources
Admission Details

We strive to make your education affordable

$824 per credit hour

Financial aid available

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in a degree that will set you on a path to a successful career. In addition to federal or state financial aid, Georgia residents enrolled in this program may be eligible for the TEACH Grant.

Tuition Details

What you’ll learn

The coursework in the online secondary education master’s degree is taught by faculty who listen to the concerns and needs of teachers in practice. We continually update the curriculum to reflect today’s teaching environments.

Program outcomes

With Brenau’s online master’s degree in secondary education, you can:

  • Pursue certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to teach grades 6–12.
  • Increase your job security while making a meaningful career change.

About our dedicated, supportive faculty

Faculty members at Brenau are dedicated to helping you succeed. Most classes feature a small student-to-faculty ratio, so you can get to know your professors and their unique areas of expertise. As you broaden your professional network, you’ll have the mentorship and support of our faculty throughout your program.

Linda Aikens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Aikens-Young has served in the education department at Brenau University for 20 years. She retired from her first career in public schools with 34 years of experience. Dr. Aikens-Young was a classroom teacher and served as lead teacher, assistant principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Dr. Aikens-Young has been an educator for over 50 years. She believes that education is a calling and you can only excel as an educator if you love what you are doing. She also specializes in teaching multicultural education, literacy and leadership classes at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and EdD levels at Brenau. Dr. Aikens-Young loves traveling and has visited South Africa, China, Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, England, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Her goal is to continue exploring this wonderful world that God has made.

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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Frequently asked questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

You can complete the program in five semesters. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition is $824 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 45–48 credit hours for a total estimated tuition of $37,080-39,552. You can review all costs on our tuition page.

We do not require test scores for admission to this program. You can learn more on our admissions page.

The requirements for the online MAT in Secondary Education include:

You can learn more about our requirements on our admissions page.

You’ll complete 45–48 credit hours to earn the online MAT in Secondary Education. You can explore the courses page for further information.

When you graduate and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exam, you will be certified to teach grades 6–12 in Georgia. Other states’ requirements will vary.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Middle School Teachers.” Jan. 11, 2023. Retrieved Feb. 22, 2023, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “High School Teachers.” Jan. 10, 2023. Retrieved Feb. 22, 2023, from