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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 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. Through our social justice-oriented curriculum, 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.


Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA (grade point average) of 2.50 on a 4.00 system.
  • Successful interview with Elementary program faculty
  • Pre-requisite courses as determined by program faculty. Contact Elizabeth Rollins, Ed.D., M.A.T. Program Coordinator, at, for more information on meeting prerequisites.

You need at least 24 credits of the following to be admitted.

If you are missing specific prerequisite courses, Elizabeth Rollins, Ed.D., the MAT Coordinator will work with you to create a Program of Study that will allow you to complete any missing prerequisites. Contact her at for information on meeting prerequisites.

  • English (6 hours) Course work must address reading and language concepts that focus on effective use of English, including its syntax, lexicon, history, varieties, literature, and writing composing process.  
  • Children’s Literature (3 hours) Course work must address literature and genres that help elementary children develop and learn to read, write, speak, view, and listen effectively.  
  • Sciences (7 hours) Course work must provide a broad general understanding of the content and fundamentals of physical, life, or earth/space sciences. At least one course must include a lab component.  
  • Mathematics (6 hours) including EDTE 500 or equivalent Course work must acquire a knowledge and understanding of major concepts, procedures, and reasoning processes of mathematics (i.e., algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability).  
  • Social Sciences (3 hours) Course work must require a knowledge and understanding of major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social studies (i.e., psychology, sociology, economics, and geography).  
  • U.S. History/Government (3 hours) Course work must require a knowledge and understanding of power, governance and authority.  
  • Non-Western, Non-European (3 hours) Course work must address culture & cultural diversity; the influences of belief systems w/in cultures outside of the realms of Western civilization.  
  • Exceptionalities (3 hours) Course work must provide a knowledge and understanding of major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to children and young adolescents w/ exceptionalities.  



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


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