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Secondary Education 5th Year

Mercer University

12 months
7800 USD/year
7800 USD/year
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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. 


Key facts

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 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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

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  • International

    7800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3900 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3900 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Doraville

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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