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School of Visual Art and Design

M.A.T. in Art Education

GRE scores are no longer required for the application to the M.A.T. program in Art Education. Applicants’ GRE scores will not be considered.



The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in Art Education is a 48 to 69 credit program designed to prepare students to teach and instruct art at the K-12 levels. By completion of the program, students typically take the Praxis exams to receive a teaching license in the state of South Carolina. The M.A.T. program consists of professional education courses and practicums, studio art courses, art education courses, and directed teaching in a K-12 classroom. Before graduating from the program, students must complete a semester of teaching in a public school classroom and must successfully pass a comprehensive exam in art education.

Students who have not completed undergraduate coursework in art history and studio art (21 credit hour prerequisites) will be expected to complete courses in foundations, drawing, ceramics, painting, and printmaking once enrolled in the program, as well as two courses in art history from ancient to modern art.

M.A.T. students take 6 credit hours in Professional Education, 27 hours in Art Education, and 15 hours of Directed Study. In addition, students must complete a minimum of 21 hours of prerequisites in the Studio Art and Art History areas in order to be certified by the State of South Carolina.


Admissions Guidelines


Fall Application Deadline: March 1
Spring Application Deadline: October 1

Required Documents
  • Online application to the Graduate School
  • Official Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least one must be from a professor)
  • Personal Statement
  • CV or Resume
  • Portfolio:  Please upload a digital portfolio of 20 images of recent work and an identifying list of works, as a single .pdf document
  • For international applicants whose native language is not English: submission of a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam; or Pearson Test of English (Academic). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based); the minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5; and the minimum Pearson Score is 59.

Note: Successful applicants to the graduate programs in Art Education typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. However, all parts of an application are carefully considered in admissions decisions.

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