The MAT is designed to be completed within an eleven month period in summer, fall, and spring semesters. All coursework applied toward the degree must be taken within six years of degree conferral.
Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Covenant College is regulated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). MAT students are admitted to the TEP prior to Clinical Practice I. Many of the admission requirements for the MAT are also required for admission to the TEP. As of January 1, 2015, completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360) is required for admission to the TEP.
Following are requirements and process points which candidates must satisfy to remain in the TEP and successfully complete the MAT degree.
Approval to the TEP
Approval to the TEP occurs May 27, prior to Clinical Practice I. Requirements are:
a. Satisfaction of all admissions requirements to the Master of Arts in Teaching
b. Completion of Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (360)
c. Minimum GPA of 3.0
d. Application for the Pre-Service Certificate submitted to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Note: the Pre-Service Certificate is required in order to participate in Clinical Practice I and II. Upon approval to the TEP, MAT students become candidates in the Teacher Education Program.
Approval for Clinical Practice I - August 4
The following are required for approval:
a. Minimum GPA of 3.0
b. Satisfactory Disposition Evaluations
c. Awarding of Pre-Service Certificate
Application for the Pre-Service Certificate
The application will be completed upon acceptance into the MAT and submitted to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission by the Certification Official of Covenant College. Candidates are required to hold this certificate for all field experiences.
The following is required to obtain the certificate:
a. GaPSC Application for Pre-service certificate.
b. Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) affidavit.
c. Copy of supporting documentation for VLP (such as valid driver’s license).
Documents are submitted to the GaPSC by the college certification official, thus authorizing the GaPSC to conduct a criminal record check.
a. The candidate will be issued a Pre-Service certificate if the candidate responded “no” to all Personal Affirmation questions on the application and the criminal record check does not contradict those answers.
b. If a Pre-Service Certificate is not obtained, the candidate will not be allowed to participate in field work.
c. Each candidate must receive a Pre-Service Certificate prior to the start of Clinical Practice I.
d. The Pre-Service Certificate will be issued through the candidate’s MyPSC account.
e. The Pre-Service Certificate is valid for five years.
Clinical Practice II
The following are required for continuation in Clinical Practice II from Clinical Practice I:
a. TEP Approval
b. Pre-Service Certificate
c. Minimum GPA of 3.0
d. Satisfactory Clinical Evaluations
e. Satisfactory Disposition Evaluations
Program Completion and Graduation
a. Minimum GPA of 3.0; only one course with the grade of C will be applied to graduation requirements, and no grade of less than B is acceptable for Clinical Practice II.
b. Successful completion of all clinical practice and coursework
c. Satisfactory Clinical Evaluations
d. Satisfactory Disposition Evaluations
e. Graduate Exit Survey
f. Satisfactory completion of teacher work sample is required
g. Induction Certificate is valid for 5 years