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Elementary Education, M.A.T.

Considering Becoming a Teacher?

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 up with your undergraduate degree, this degree can help you reach your goal.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) 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.


What will I study?

Teacher candidates learn content-specific theories, and they are given opportunities to apply those theories through embedded field experiences in elementary schools working with elementary students. Immediate feedback and coaching from their professors and cooperating teachers help the teacher candidates hone their expertise in teaching and learning.

Your course work will also include instructional methods and assessment practices, reading assessments, literacy instruction and the nature and management of elementary classrooms. Program internships include a diverse range of settings which will help you develop an understanding of educating children from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

The majority of our graduates obtain full-time elementary teaching positions and become leaders in their schools and districts because of the depth and breadth of their preparation. In addition, on completing the program, you will receive the Read to Succeed endorsement required for South Carolina educators.



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