Political Science AB/Social Studies Education MAT(non-thesis)

Graduates will have extensive experiences working on-site in 6-12 schools as part of a clinically based teacher education program and intensive content area coursework in Political Science. Graduates will not only receive their two degrees, they are also recommended for a master’s level teaching certificate (T-5), which earns a higher teacher salary in Georgia and in many other states in the US. Career trajectories include secondary social studies teaching, continued graduate level study (in political science or education and many related fields), and participation in the political sphere through formal and informal work therein.

Admission to Program

Prospective candidates may apply for this Double Dawgs pathway in fall of their 4th year by submitting a Double Dawgs pathway application through the MFECOE Common Application.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
• Overall minimum GPA of 2.80
• Completion of Core Areas I-VI
• Completion of upper level content courses
• Completion of foreign language courses

Application Steps
You are ready to apply to the Political Science AB/Social Studies Education MAT pathway when you are starting your 4th year and have completed or are currently completing the minimum eligibility requirements.

If you are in the process of completing the required core course work, you may be provisionally accepted contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required courses while maintaining the required minimum 2.80 GPA for admission.

The application must be completed in one sitting. Be prepared to upload the following in the MFE COE Common Application (https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXz6Thn5ATPUIOp):
• Proof of GACE score unless exempt. Exemption guidelines can be found on the Educator Preparation Resources page (https://resources.coe.uga.edu/students/ed-prep/#assessments-portfolio-mypsc).
• Unofficial Transcript PDF
• Response PDF to the Social Studies Education Essay Prompt (PDF) (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XdSo85GzimG3f-maFM5XrIo8OwVCJcpo/view)

Applications to the Pathway must be submitted no later than September 30.


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

SPED 6030, 3
ETAP 6990, 3
ESOC 7020, 3
EFND or EPSY 6000+, 3

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Prior to enrollment in Year 4 (spring) courses, students must satisfy pre service certification requirements with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Information about this process can be found at this webpage: http://epr.coe.uga.edu/gapsc/pre-service-certificate/

Admission to Graduate Program

Students will apply to the Graduate School in their final undergraduate semester. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for entry into the MAT Social Studies Education program.

Please follow the Graduate School's application portal to complete the official MAT Social Studies Education application (https://grad.uga.edu/index.php/prospective-students/apply-now/).

In your application, you will attach the following documents:
• Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
• Statement of purpose (short essay)
• Official transcripts

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above are exempt from the Graduate School's required entrance exam, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Applications to the MAT Social Studies Education program must be submitted no later than March 15.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Sonia Janis
  • Email: soniaelj@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Address: 604G Aderhold Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Political Science A.B.
  • Department/College: Political Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Paul Welch
  • Email: pdwelch@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4114
  • Address: Candler Hall 103

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Social Studies Education M.A.T.
  • Department/College: Educational Theory and Practice

Advising Contact

  • Name: Sonia Janis
  • Email: soniaelj@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Address: 604G Aderhold Hall