Secondary Education 5th Year

Mercer University

Master On Campus
12 months
626 USD/credit
626 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education 5th Year at Mercer University is designed for graduates of non-education bachelor’s degree programs who are seeking initial certification at the master’s level. 


Students complete the daytime program over three semesters on Mercer’s Macon campus. Successful completion of the program and passing scores on the required GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 5 certification.

The comprehensive program at Mercer University develops the specialized skills needed to teach and support students in grades 6-12. Course content focuses on foundations of education, adolescent development, and interdisciplinary teaching methods for secondary environments. An initial summer field placement and year-long clinical placement in an area high school prepare teachers to support the diverse needs of students. Expanded secondary education certification fields in biology, chemistry, earth/space science, English, geography, history, mathematics, physics, political science, or trade and industrial education will prepare candidates to support students in grades 6-12 in the field of their choice. View a complete list of secondary education fields here.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Secondary Education 5th Year program, students will be able to: 
  • Understand the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and physical characteristics and needs of adolescents 
  • Understand how students differ in their approach to learning and how to adapt the learning environment to meet diverse needs in the secondary education environment 
  • Design and implement an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Develop and implement a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate students’ learning and academic achievement
  • Integrate research-based strategies and instructional technology effectively into all components of the secondary school curriculum 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Education
  • Fundamentals of Special Education
  • Initial Field Experience
  • Interdisciplinary Methods for Middle Grades Education & Secondary Education
  • Adolescent Development & Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The 5th year Secondary Education M.A.T. admits students once per year in May at Mercer’s Macon campus.




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application for Admission to Mercer University
  • $25 Application Fee
  • Official College transcript(s)
  • Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) for Program Admission test scores
  • GACE Georgia Educators Ethics Assessment completion certificate

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
  • Official Translations
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores must not be more than two years old. 
  • Financial Guarantee
  • Visa Status

Tuition Fee

  • International

    626 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 626 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    626 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 626 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Secondary Education 5th Year
Mercer University