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College of Education

Sciences, M.A.T. (9-12 Certification)

What will I study?

The Master of Arts in Secondary Science Education program will prepare you to become a certified high school science teacher with strong content knowledge and instructional skills. The 48-hour master’s program is a collaboration between the College of Education and the College of Arts and Science which will increase your science content knowledge through taking five graduate level science courses and education courses.

You will participate in two internships during the program - Internship A is a 10 hour a week internship and Internship B is full-time student teaching - that will prepare you to step into high school classrooms as an effective teacher. After your first year, you will be engaged in education courses and internships with a small cohort of other teacher candidates. Our program prepares you to teach national and state standards through engaging and cutting edge pedagogy that is proven to increase student learning. 


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

With a 100 percent employment rate, the graduates of the program are sought after for high school science teaching positions both locally and throughout the nation. 


Will I be able to specialize?

You can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in biology, chemistry, geology or physics (natural science) through specific MAT tracks in each of these content areas. Our program is also open to graduates of other science content areas as long as you have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in a science area. 

By completing our program and passing the required state Praxis II exams, you are first certified in either biology, chemistry or physics and then you can add on General Science certification (to be able to teach all high school science disciplines) if you have completed the required undergraduate coursework. You can also add on middle level certification by taking one additional middle level curriculum course; this certification allows you to teach middle school science.


Typical Course Work

Science Content Courses
You will take 15 hours of graduate level science courses (courses vary by individual and science area of specialization), which will help hone your science content knowledge and prepare you to teach high school science. 

Education Courses
You will take 18 hours of instructional courses, such as science methods, technology integration, reading in the content area, assessment, etc. to prepare you to teach through innovative methods and earn South Carolina certification for teaching high school science.

You will take 15 hours of internship courses that allow you to learn through authentic classroom placements. You will work alongside experienced coaching teachers in local schools to learn to best teach science and improve student learning.

For more information about curriculum or program requirements, please visit the academic bulletin


What is the application process like?

Our program is open to graduates of any science content areas as long as you have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in a science area. 

We offer a rolling admission to the Sciences, M.A.T. program and encourage applicants interested in making a difference through teaching to apply at any time. 

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