Master of Arts in Teaching

m.a.t. / dance, fine arts, music, or theatre Education



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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed to prepare individuals who are seeking initial certification to be a classroom teacher. Through field-focused learning in school partnership settings, candidates demonstrate evolving skills in the domains of diverse needs of learners, learning environment, technology, assessment, instruction and learner engagement, literacy, and professional learning and ethical practice.

With concentrations in Studio Arts, Music, Theatre, or Dance, you will definitely be prepared for the career of your choice! 

This degree program is through the
Richard W. Riley College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences


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Graduate Assistantships

Students have the opportunity to work in their departments and around campus as graduate assistants and associates.

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CAEP Accredited

Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Travel Support

Travel support is available for graduate student presentations or performances.



      The Traditional Track covers a variety of subjects from professional core courses to courses specific to the graduate candidate’s content area. Through field-focused learning in school partnership settings, you will demonstrate evolving skills in the classroom.

      Time to completion: 2 - 2.5 years
      Total Credits: 30 - 40
      Format: Campus-based
      Curriculum (Traditional MAT program)

        Art (K-12)



        Early Childhood (PK-3)

        Elementary Education (2-6)


        French (K-12)


        Middle Level Education (5-8)

        Music (K-12)

        Physical Education (K-12)

        Social Studies

        Spanish (K-12)

        Special Education (K-12)

          Master of Arts in Teaching Traditional Track Deadline: No deadline,  rolling admission

          Application requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching program include:

              • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.

              • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). 

              • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR official test scores for either:

                • GRE (preferred scores are 151 Verbal, 153 Quantitative) OR Miller Analogies Test (preferred score of 392)

              • Applicants to the MAT degree in Spanish and French must also submit the South Carolina passing score on the Praxis AND evidence of having the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. It is recommended that applicants show proficiency at the advanced low level. Graduate coursework will not be focused directly on continued language learning.

              • Students who have ever been removed from or received an unsatisfactory or failing grade in a school field placement or internship must provide a statement about the circumstances to be considered as part of the application. This statement must address the areas of concern from the field placement or internship, goals for the upcoming field experiences and internship, should they be admitted, and steps candidates will take to meet the established goals.


        Dr. Lisa Harris

        Dr. Lisa Harris

        College Director of Graduate Studies, M.A.T. Program Director

        Office: 111 Withers
        Phone: 803/323-2588

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