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

Kick off your career in secondary education

Fully online classes

Supportive faculty

Small classes

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  • Duration5 semesters
  • Cost per credit$785
  • Credit hours48

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).

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

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

$785 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.

It will not. The diploma is the same for all graduates, whether their program was completed online or on ground.

While the specifics of each program vary, the admissions process always starts by submitting your application for the program you want to attend. To complete your application file, you’ll need official transcripts, an online application and possibly other documents. Your admissions counselor will help guide you through this process.

Undergraduate students can transfer up to 90 credits to their program. If the student is pursuing their first graduate degree at Brenau, up to six semester hours of coursework taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher education may be appropriately transferred to Brenau as part of the planned program of study with approval from the department chair. If the student has a master’s degree, up to nine hours of graduate credit may transfer with departmental approval. Grading standards of the Brenau program into which the work is transferred will apply.

There are no application fees at Brenau University.

Absolutely! Online programs at Brenau are explicitly designed with busy working professionals in mind, including those with personal and professional responsibilities. The format provides the flexibility you need to succeed in your selected program. From here, you can.

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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