Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a Major in Health and Physical Education

Valdosta State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The Master of Arts with a major in Health and Physical Education provides initial teacher preparation at the master's degree level for qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. The degree program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate degrees did not include coursework or learning experiences necessary to meet CAEP/NASPE national accreditation standards and the Georgia Performance Standards in health and physical education necessary for Health & Physical Education P-12 teacher certification in the state of Georgia. Candidates will be recommended for a Georgia clear renewable T-5 teaching certificate. This is a 36-credit hour master's degree program requiring extensive field experiences and college course work. Two tracks are available. Track one is for employed teachers (P-12) who are currently teaching who would like to become certified in HPE and track two is for non-employed individuals seeking P-12 certification in HPE. This is an intensive six (6)-semester program with supervised practical’s and internships. The MAT program, either MAT (Employed Teachers Track) or MAT (non-employed) option, is designed to meet the needs of highly-qualified college graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession.

Admissions Information

GRE or MAT Official Score Report (if not meeting the 2.75 GPA requirement).

Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or combined undergraduate and graduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. VSU has a “no forgiveness policy” when calculating GPAs. Applicants not meeting the required GPA may be eligible for admission by an alternative pathway.*

Must have a competitive score on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Recommended minimum scores:

GRE: Verbal - 143 and Quantitative - 138 (or 750 combined higher if taken before August 1, 2011)

MAT: 375