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4+1 Education Bridge Program

Fast track your passion for teaching. 

Agnes Scott has partnered with Mercer University’s Tift College of Education to offer the accelerated 4+1 Program in Education. Earn a bachelor's degree from Agnes Scott and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Mercer University— in just five years. 

Admission Requirements 

If you're interested in applying to the 4+1 Program in Education, talk with your SUMMIT advisor about the planning and application process as early as possible. You'll begin your journey by applying to the 4+1 program in your junior year. To apply you should:

  • Be a junior at Agnes Scott with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Meet the minimum-required SAT or ACT scores for exemption from the GACE Program Admission Assessment as determined by The Georgia Professional Standards Commission or have passed the GACE Program Admission Assessment
  • Complete the no-fee application 
  • Complete the online, self-paced module “GACE Educator Ethics for Program Entry Assessment"

Program Courses 

Once accepted by Mercer, you'll take three undergraduate-level courses and one graduate course in education at Mercer University during your junior and senior years at Agnes Scott.

Undergraduate Education Courses 

  • EDUC 220 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 257 Psychology and Development of the Learner (for Elementary Education majors) OR EDUC 356 Psychology & Development of the Adolescent Learner (for Middle Grades and Secondary Education Majors)
  • EDUC 283 Fundamentals of Special Education

Graduate Education Courses 

  • EMAT-604: Planning for Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Education (Elementary)
  • EMAT-606: Planning & Organizing Instruction in MGE (Middle Grades)
  • EMAT-607: Planning & Organizing Instruction in SEC (Secondary)

Graduate Student Status at Mercer

Once you've earned your bachelor's degree from Agnes Scott, you'll become an official graduate student at Mercer. Learn more about Mercer's MAT and certification requirements


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