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Elementary Education, M.A.T.

Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Earn certification in just 12 months!

This program is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who now wants to become an elementary school teacher. Whether you graduated with your bachelor’s degree years ago or are just finishing an  undergraduate program, this degree can help you reach your goal.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education will prepare you to teach grades 2-6. You will learn how to engage children in inquiry to facilitate learning, develop curriculum, and to collect and interpret student data to inform instruction

 

Unique Features of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

  • Be immersed in the work of teaching while completing degree requirements.
  • Benefit from embedded field experiences in diverse school settings.
  • Learn and practice research supported teaching approaches under the guidance of world class educators.
  • Exposure to assessment-driven instruction that focuses on children’s needs.
  • Take part in effective relationship building with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Enhanced salary potential by starting teaching career with a master’s degree
  • Graduate with South Carolina Read to Succeed endorsement

 

Course Work

Degree Requirements (33 credit hours)

  • EDRD 600 (3) - Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • EDEL 701 (3) - Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy for the Elementary Classrooms
  • EDPY 705 (3) - Human Growth and Development
  • EDTE 733 (6) - Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • EDTE 771 (3) - Studies and Internship I in Teaching Math-Early/Elementary Education
  • EDEL 743 (3) - Studies and Internship I in Teaching Social Studies–Elementary
  • EDEL 744 (3) - Studies and Internship in Teaching Science–Elementary
  • Internship (Student Teaching):
  • EDEL 790 (9) MAT Internship in Elementary Education

 

Admissions Requirements

Admission

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA (grade point ratio) of 2.50 on a 4.00 system.
  • Miller Analogies Test (Miller) scaled score of 385 or higher, or a General Record Examination (GRE) score of 286.
  • Passing scores on all three Praxis Core tests unless: undergraduate GPA is 3.00 or higher; or Miller Analogies Test scaled score is 392 or higher; or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) verbal score is 150 and quantitative score is 141 or higher
  • Successful interview with Elementary program faculty
  • Pre-requisite courses as determined by program faculty. Contact Michele Myers, M.A.T. Program Coordinator, at gillensm@email.sc.edu for more information.

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