The University of Georgia
Master of Arts in Teaching Course in Science Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Science Education degree program is intended for students who have a background in the sciences or closely related fields but do not yet hold T-4 teacher certification. To be eligible for this degree program an applicant must have an undergraduate major in a core science area (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology) or a nearly equivalent coursework background. Applicants with degrees in other science-related fields (e.g., agricultural sciences, exercise science, allied health sciences) may need to do additional core science coursework at the advanced undergraduate level before beginning science education courses. Please see the specific guidelines for science coursework background. Core science coursework must be completed prior to applying for certification. Admission requirements: Admission to the Graduate School Completion of a bachelors degree from an accredited institution Minimum undergraduate (or combined undergraduate and graduate) GPA of 3.0 Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined score (verbal + quantitative) of 850 (old scale) or 290 (new scale), including verbal score of 400 (old scale) or 146 (new scale) Appropriate preparation in one of the initial secondary science teacher certification fields: biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/space science Apply to the UGA Graduate School Incoming Graduate Student Questionnaire Course work: The certification portion of the program requires enrollment for two full-time, academic-year semesters (either Fall-Spring or Spring-Fall). These semesters are referred to as Block 1 and Block 2. During Block 1, students take ESCI 3450, ESCI 6450, and ESCI 6460. These courses must be taken concurrently. ESCI 3450 is a practicum course that requires students to spend time in schools. Additional courses that should be taken prior to or during Block 1 include instructional technology (ESCI 6480), educational psychology (EPSY 6010, 6010E, 6800, or 6800E), and special education (SPED 6030). Following successful completion of Block 1, students enroll in Block 2. During this semester, students take ESCI 7460 (student teaching), ESCI 7470, and ESCI 7480. Students are expected to be in schools full time during student teaching, which lasts approximately 11 weeks. Students will meet on campus one evening per week for ESCI 7470. The ESCI 7480 course meets intensively (during the day) in the four weeks following student teaching. Upon completing certification, students most often gain full-time employment as teachers in the North Georgia area and complete remaining master?s degree requirements on a part-time basis, although it is permissible to remain a full-time student until completion of the degree. In addition to the courses required for certification, students must complete additional graduate-level courses (educational research, curriculum and instruction, and electives) to fulfill the requirements for the master?s degree. Students must also submit a certification portfolio. The following table summarizes the requirements for the MAT degree. Please note that all courses contributing to degree requirements must be taken at the graduate level (at UGA, course numbers 6000 or above). Type of Course Number of Courses, Semester Hours Notes Certification Requirements in Science Education 4 courses, 12 s.h. ESCI 6450, 6460, 7470 and 7480 Courses in Other Areas Required for Certification 3 courses, 9 s.h.* Instructional Technology: ESCI 6480 Educational Psychology: EPSY 6010, 6800, or 2130** Special Education: SPED 6030 Field Experience Component An additional 12 hours of field experience courses are also required for certification but do not formally count towards master?s degree requirements. ESCI 3450; 9 hours of ESCI 7460 (Student Teaching) Educational Research 1 course, 3 s.h. ESCI 6990 Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education 2 courses, 6 s.h. ESCI 7040 and ESCI 7080 Elective 2 courses, 6 s.h.,or as necessary to reach 36 total hours** Any science and/or education courses mutually determined to be appropriate by the student and advisor. Highly recommended are: additional science education courses; science content courses; courses in social foundations of education (EFND); additional courses in educational psychology (EPSY) Special Requirements Certification Portfolio Guidance in building and gathering artifacts/evidence for inclusion the portfolio is included as part of the courses ESCI 6450, 6460, 7460, 7470, and 7480. Students must be registered for a minimum of 3 semester hours of credit in the semester in which the portfolio is submitted for completion of degree requirements. Total 36 s.h. applied to degree; 48 s.h. grand total *Online versions of these courses are sometimes available and are acceptable. **If undergraduate-level courses are taken or transferred from another institution for certification requirements, the number of electives needed for degree requirements increases accordingly.