Is Our Urban Education Program For You?

If you have a college degree (baccalaureate degree or higher) but are not certified to teach,  the Urban Accelerated Certificate and Master’s program (UACM) at Georgia State University (GSU) might be the right program for you!

What makes the UACM program special?

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education

Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program (UACM)

The Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s (UACM) program is an exciting initial certification and English Speaker of Other Languages Endorsement program, which prepares teachers (Pre-K through 5th grade) to teach in an urban environment.

We believe that teaching is a profession, and our team of experienced and dedicated faculty guide our candidates to become experts in the field of teaching and learning. Each year we accept a cohort of candidates into the program.

Our program links theory to practice through rigorous course work and intense field experiences. Our cornerstone course, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, lays the foundation for preparing teachers to promote the success of elementary students schooled in urban contexts. This course’s tenets are then interwoven throughout the rest of the program.

Program Structure

  • Candidates in our program spend the first phase of the program as full-time students taking courses and completing field experiences in schools in the metro Atlanta area.
  • Candidates who have successfully met all requirements will be recommended to the state for certification in Elementary Education (Pre-K through 5th grade) with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement.
  • During the second phase of the program, candidates obtain paid full-time teaching positions in high-needs urban elementary schools in the Atlanta metro area and participate in built-in teacher induction through field mentorship and capstone experience in order to earn their Master of Arts in Teaching.

If this sounds like what you are looking for, then you should consider applying to the UACM program at GSU or contact the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education for more information at 404-413-8020

UACM Alumni and Mentor Teacher, R. Harry, talks about the UACM Program

 The UACM Program:
Become a Teacher, Earn a Master’s Degree, Touch a Child’s Life, Change the World!

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