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Columbus State University

Master of Arts in Teaching
Secondary Education - English

College of Education and Health Professions

Department of Teacher Education

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in Secondary English Language Arts 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 English Language Arts education. Certification in this field is for grades 6 through 12. The M.A.T. provides professional and pedagogical studies that develop proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and habits of beginning teachers.

Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the M.A.T. program and passing scores on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) basic skills, ethics, and content assessments and the edTPA (a teaching performance assessment completed during Clinical Experience III) 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).

Admission Requirements

  • Degree in closely 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
  • A passing GACE content test score is required for admission. Candidates may be exempted from the GACE content test for program admission only, if they meet one of the following conditions:
  • Candidate holds a degree, earned within the last three years, in the content area in which he/she is seeking certification, and has grades of B or better, or a minimum 3.0 GPA, in content coursework
  • Candidate has at least 25 hours of content coursework, earned within the last three years, in the intended field of certification, and has grades of B or better, or a minimum 3.0 GPA, in content coursework

NOTE: Candidates having an exemption for GACE content tests for program admission must still have a passing GACE content test score before they can be recommended for certification at the completion of their program of study.

  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications

NOTE: Candidates must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education during their first semester of enrollment in the MAT program. For a list of requirements, go to and click on “Masters Admission Requirements for Teacher Education.”

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of English content
  • Demonstrate proficiency in instructional planning
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the implementation of instruction
  • Demonstrate proficiencies related to helping every student succeed
  • Demonstrate proficiencies related to selecting and using materials to enhance teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate proficiencies related to assessing learning and teaching
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of findings of educational research related to the teaching and learning of English
  • Display values, commitments, dispositions, and habits associated with effective and professional teaching 

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 Of Study

Area 1 Foundations Required Hours: 10
EDCI 6227 Foundations of Education: Human Development, Motivation & Learning
EDCI 6481 Clinical Experience I
EDCI 6796 Introduction to Teaching and Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
EDSE 6165 Literacy in the Content Areas
SPED 6111 Introduction to Special Education

Area 2 Teaching Field Studies Required Hours: 9
EDCI 6482 Clinical Experience II
EDSE 6111 Assessment in Secondary Education I
EDSE 6116 Teaching English Lang Arts Grades 6-12
SPED 6112 Teaching Exceptional Learners

Area 3 Professional Practice Required Hours: 9
EDCI 6483 Clinical Experience III
EDSE 6755 Secondary Education Seminar

Area 4 Advanced Studies Required Hours: 8
EDCI 6158 Trends and Issues in Middle and Sec Education
EDSE 6175 Program Evaluation Applied to the Educational Setting
EDSE 6212 Assessment in Secondary Education II
ENGL or EDSE English 5000G level or above

Total Required Hours: 36

Note: A minimum of 25 semester hours of approve English coursework is required for admission to the MAT program. As part of their undergraduate studies, candidates will have completed studies in British and American literature, non-western or multicultural literature, and linguistics, and they will have completed upper-division studies of writing. In some cases additional hours of English may be required depending on content background. When a candidate does not already meet content requirements, his or her program plan will include appropriate pre-requisites in addition to the requirements listed above.