Winthrop University: COE - Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies - Master of Arts in Teaching Intro

Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies

Master of Arts in Teaching

Graduate Program Advisor: Dr. Lisa Harris, 803/323-2588 

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed to prepare individuals who are seeking initial certification to be a classroom teacher. Graduate candidates may select one of the following areas of certification at the high school level: biology, English, mathematics, or social studies; or graduate candidates may select one of the following areas for certification in grades K-12: art, music, physical education or Spanish. 

Visit the Master of Arts in Teaching information page for more details and view the FAQs below for the MAT-One Year Option. Also, visit page 140 in the academic catalog to view the required minor in Educational Studies' requirements.


Frequently Asked Questions for the MAT - One Year Option...

When should I apply for acceptance into the MAT — One Year Option degree program?

- Late Fall of your final undergraduate degree program year. Visit the Admission Page for more details.

Do I have to take the GRE?

-  No, passing scores on required Praxis II exams are the only testing requirements.

What is the minimum GPA I must have to be considered?

- 2.75 GPA

Can I be a Graduate Assistant in the MAT — One Year Option?

- No. MAT One Year Option students take 12hrs. each semester; thus, not allowing time to serve as a GA. Also, students are cautioned about outside employment since this program is fast-paced, demanding, and requires students to be in P-12 schools during normal school hours for internships.

What about applying to the Teacher Education Professional Program?

- During the semester you will complete 12hrs. of coursework is when you should apply for admission. At least 6 of the 12hrs. must be education courses and at least 3hrs. of content coursework. Click here for the Teacher Education application for more details.

25 Hours of Youth Experience — what is that?

- All teacher education candidates must provide documentation of a minimum of 25 hours of supervised Youth Experience with students within the age range of the certification level sought, i.e. grades 9-12. Click here for the Youth Experience form.

The Praxis II Content Exams — when should I take those?

- Summer of your undergraduate senior year. They are required for program entry and licensure. Visit the Praxis II exam page for more information.

What is the course load for the summer, fall and spring semesters?

- 12hrs. at a minimum are required to complete the program in the one-year time frame.

After I am admitted to the MAT — One Year Option Program, what other forms/applications do I need to complete?

- Application to Teacher Education due during the semester you will complete 12hrs.

- Application to Internship I — due summer semester

- Application to Internship II — due early fall semester

What fees are associated with the MAT — One Year Option program?

- All teacher education degree programs leading to initial licensure require completion of the S.C. State Department of Education Certification Application. The fee charged for this process by the SCDoE is $105.00.

- A full SLED fingerprint and background check must also be completed through L1Enrollment that will cost $51.50.

- Details on how to complete these important applications will be provided when your Internship I Application is approved.

What Internships are required and when do they start?

- There are two required internships — I and II. Internship I begins your fall semester and requires a school-based placement. Internship II begins your spring semester and requires a school-based placement for the entire semester.

Are there any meetings or other responsibilities I need know about beyond taking my courses?

- Yes! The Office of Field Placement will hold several meetings each semester regarding internships, licensure documentation, etc. These meetings are MANDATORY so be sure you make arrangements to attend.

Last Updated: 7/13/22