The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is designed for two categories of applicants. Applicants in Category one are those students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than teacher education, with a major in an area not taught in grades K12. Examples of such majors are: criminal justice and social welfare. Applicants in Category two are those students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than teacher education, but have a major in an area taught in K12 schools. Such majors include art, English, health, mathematics, science, social studies, speech pathology and audiology, physical education, and foreign language. However, regardless of the student’s academic major at the bachelor’s degree level, he/ she is free to pursue any option in the MAT program.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program permits the student in Category one to earn the degree and recommendation for initial certification in early childhood education, grades K3, and in elementary education, grades 1-8. The program permits students in Category two to earn the degree and recommendation for initial certification to teach one of the following secondary school subjects: English, mathematics, and science. Likewise, students in Category one may also pursue any one of these latter options, given their willingness to earn additional required credits mandated for initial certification.
The degree is particularly attractive to the first category of candidates who, after working in other human services arena, have developed an interest in teaching in grades K8. The proposed degree is equally attractive to the latter category of students who have developed an interest in teaching in secondary schools after devoting their undergraduate years to the pursuit of knowledge in their discipline.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program has been developed according to Standards for Program Approval by the South Carolina Department of Education. Additionally, it meets all of the requirements for initial certification in the specified options, and it provides the knowledge base and develops the competencies needed by program graduates to fulfill the teaching roles for which they are to be prepared.