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Master of Arts in Teaching Admissions Criteria

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must hold a bachelors degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must present a completed portfolio to be eligible for the interview conducted by the Screening and Admission Committee. The completed portfolio must be presented prior to the specified deadlines. Portfolio contents, admissions regulations and other pertinent information are presented below.

  1. Application portfolio that is complete, consisting of the following elements:


    Graduate Admission: Letter of Full Admission to the School of Graduate Studies from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

    Application: Letter of application for admission to the MAT program specifying the certification option.

    Goal Statement: A logically developed statement of career goals and plans attached to the resume.

    Transcripts: To be forwarded by the School of Graduate Studies.

    Letters of Recommendation: Three letters using the form provided by the University.

    Certification: The applicant must not hold certification to teach in South Carolina or any other state.

  2. Minimum GPA 2.50 on a 4.00 grading system for all undergraduate work completed and 3.00 on all graduate work completed.
  3. GRE minimum 800 (V/Q; 1,200 (V/Q/A) or MAT minimum 35.
  4. Letter of full admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  5. For mathematics only, successful completion of the following SCSU courses or their equivalents:

    M 153 Quantitative Reasoning: Calculus I 3
    M 163 Calculus II 3
    M 237 Calculus III 3
    M 238 Calculus IV 3
    M 208 or         M 309 Statistics 3
    M 207 or         M 305 Geometry 3
    M 306 or M 314 Algebra 3
    M 404  Real Analysis 3

  6. A high-level computer programming language course 3 Semester hour total 27.

Admission to Directed Teaching Internship

  1. GPA of 3.00 on all prerequisite MAT course work.
  2. Completion of prerequisites for Directed Teaching Practicum in the MAT Certification option.
  3. Physical examination, including TB test.
  4. Passing score on Praxis II & PLT examination before Directed Teaching Internship.
  5. Interview by faculty of the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. FBI and SLED Clearance

Exit Requirements

Exit criteria include the following: completion of degree and certification requirements with minimum GPA of 3.00, successful completion of the student teaching semester, Exit Interview Report, Praxis II and PLT Specialty Area score, samples of any published or scholarly work, induction into the teaching profession, and a personal résumé.