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Secondary Ed. Student

Secondary Education

If you are interested in working with students in grades 6-12 or already hold teacher certification in secondary education, the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education provides degree programs designed for you.

Undergraduate Programs

The Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program for undergraduate students will lead to initial certification in secondary education (grades 6-12) in one of the following academic subject emphasis areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics or Physics. Please note some program courses in the English and History Emphasis areas are only offered on the Armstrong Campus. Some program courses in the Physics Emphasis area are only offered on the Statesboro Campus.

Graduate Programs

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in teaching at the secondary level (grades 6-12), or if you hold teacher certification in one of the secondary education certification fields listed below, the Middle Grades and Secondary Education department provides graduate degree programs designed for you.

Biology EducationBroad Field Science Education
Chemistry EducationEconomics Education
English EducationGeography Education
History EducationMathematics Education
Physics EducationPolitical Science Education

The Secondary Education Concentration in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become certified to teach at the secondary level, grades 6-12.

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education program and the Teaching and Learning Ed.S. program provide advanced teacher preparation and will qualify you for teacher certification upgrades.

Each of the programs is based upon the concept of developmentally appropriate practices and the value of diverse, intensive field experiences working with diverse student populations. The programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Secondary Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exams in secondary education, and the Educators Ethics Exit 360, you will qualify for a Georgia level 4 Induction certificate upon employment as a teacher. 

MAT graduates will qualify for Georgia T-5 Secondary Education Certification (grades 6-12) upon successful completion of all program requirements and passing the appropriate GACE Exam. The program is an NCATE accredited, Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved program that is recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach in public or private school systems. For questions regarding certification, please visit the College of Education certification webpage.

M.Ed. and Ed.S. graduates serve as master teachers in their schools, clinical supervisors for student teachers, and staff professionals in school systems.