Addressing Georgia’s teacher shortage

In an effort to help combat the shortage of K−12 teachers in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Sep 7, 2005) — Addressing Georgia’s teacher shortage

Frances Weyand


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In an effort to help combat the shortage of K−12 teachers in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University today received approval from the Board of Regents to establish a master of arts in teaching program. The MAT program will be for individuals who have received bachelors’ degrees in math or English and are seeking teacher certification at the secondary level.

The 48−semester−hour program will consist of professional courses delivered in a variety of formats including‚ face−to−face large group instruction‚ online learning‚ small group meetings and individual interviews. Graduates will exit the program with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful secondary education teachers.

“This new MAT program will meet the needs of teacher shortage areas and produce high quality classroom teachers‚ as it will focus on advanced−content knowledge and skills‚” said Dean Yiping Wan of the Bagwell College of Education. “This new program also will open doors for those mid−career transfer professionals to pursue a teaching career.”

The MAT program advances Kennesaw State’s commitment to being responsive to the workforce needs of the state by adding to the number of qualified teachers in Georgia.

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit