Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Elementary Education, MAT

Program Overview

The College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (MAT) program of study for candidates who have earned a degree in a field other than education. The MAT program is the perfect course of study for those who seek South Carolina initial teacher certification in elementary education. The candidate will complete 52 hours of course work in preparation for 12 credit hours of Clinical Experience. Candidates enrolled in this program are evaluated by passing all sections of the PRAXIS Core (reading, writing, and mathematics) exam for entrance in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) before being admitted to EDU 516 Best Practices for the Elementary Classroom - Benchmark I. The candidate may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester. The curriculum includes a minimum of 85 hours of field experiences prior to 65 days of Clinical Experience in a public school elementary classroom with a cooperating teacher.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education program:

  • submit a “College of Education Graduate Studies Admission Application”;
  • earned a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and submit a transcript from that institution;
  • have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 for all course work or the last 60 hours of course work;
  • submit reference form from the applicant's current immediate job supervisor if you are currently employed, and two additional references of your choosing;
  • achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 220 (computer) or 75 (Internet) if English is not the student's first language; and
  • provide proof of a current Visa if candidate is an International student
Specified Education Requirements

In adherence with SC state requirements, courses approved for Read to Succeed endoresement require a grade of “C” or higher.  These courses include EDU 345, EDU 346, EDU 347, EDU 445, EDU 370, EDU 470, EDU 550, EDU 551, EDU 552, EDU 553.