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About Teaching at Young Harris College

Applications for Summer 2025 opening soon!

To help you pursue a teaching career—while being mindful of your time and budget—Young Harris College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) that can be completed in just three semesters: summer, fall and spring. The tuition of $12,000 makes our program highly affordable. In fact, we compared the salary of a teacher with a temporary certificate to the salary of a teacher with a master’s degree plus certification and found that the YHC MAT degree will pay for itself in a year and a half.

The YHC MAT program is for students with a baccalaureate degree who wish to obtain initial teacher certification in biology, English, history or mathematics. The program prepares graduates for teacher certification in grades 6-12.

Starting in the summer semester, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses in real-time online or in a face-to-face format. YHC will coordinate opportunities for you to do field studies at a school in the fall semester and student teach at a school in the spring semester. When you graduate from the YHC MAT program, you’ll have both the academic and practical experience you need for a bright career in education.

The ultra-streamlined application process takes mere minutes. You also don’t have to do it alone; you’ll work closely with experts at YHC to make sure everything is as simple as possible.

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Program benefits

  • Our MAT program faculty members are committed to preparing innovative, successful teacher-leaders.
  • The MAT coursework offers opportunities for students to deepen expertise in their subject areas, while learning practical skills for success in the classroom.
  • Because YHC has relationships with schools in North Georgia and the southern Appalachian region, our MAT students receive convenient, local placements with exceptional teachers.
  • YHC’s MAT program encourages teachers’ learning-filled lives and accelerates their entry into rewarding careers as teachers. The program provides students with personalized support, practical experience and a network of like-minded professionals.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition for YHC’s Master of Arts in Teaching is $12,000 for the one-year program, inclusive of course materials. To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information, contact [email protected] or reach out to MAT Program Coordinator Dr. George Boggs.

“Coordinating our MAT program offers such a unique opportunity for me to build a network of excellent teachers who support each other at this critical moment. I am so excited to have two recent MAT graduates named Teachers of the Year!”

Dr. George Boggs Professor of Education & Coordinator of the MAT Program – Professional Studies