University of Georgia

College of Education

Social Studies Education


UGA Graduate School, 320 East Clayton Street, Suite 400

Athens, GA 30602

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.T. - Social Studies Education; M.Ed. - Social Studies Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Social Studies Program mission is to advance knowledgeable, reflective, and active democratic citizenship for the state of Georgia, the nation, and the world through exemplary and rigorous social studies teacher preparation, scholarship, and service. Our work is framed by commitments to social justice, equity, and democratic principles in education and the world beyond schools. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program is intended for individuals who hold a bachelors degree and wish to gain teaching certification while working on a master’s degree. The MAT in Social Studies Education culminates in a recommendation for initial certification in one of the four primary social studies content areas (history, economics, geography, political science) in grades 6-12. The Master of Education (MEd) degree is intended for those who intend to teach, or to continue to teach, social studies in K-12 schools. Individuals holding an MEd degree may also pursue further graduate work, including the doctorate, at some later time, but engage in less independent research for the MEd degree than those pursuing the MA degree.


The College of Education unit and its programs are accredited by the National Council on Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC).

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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