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MAT, Accelerated Option

Applicants to the MAT, Accelerated Option must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college of university and must have completed that degree within one year of beginning the program. Additional admission requirements include:

  1. The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee;
  2. 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). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals. These official undergraduate transcript(s) will allow the department to confirm all content requirements have been completed.
  3. Undergraduate major in art, biology, chemistry, dance, English, French, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, Spanish, or theatre; 
  4. Completion of EDUC 101, 200 and 220*;
  5. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA;
  6. Passing score on PRAXIS Subject Assessment content area exam;
  7. Meet all additional requirements based on the content area (see below).

Applicants who do not meet these eligibility guidelines are welcomed and encouraged to apply to our traditional Master of Arts in Teaching program.
*Please note that an Educational Studies minor will be required for admission for Summer 2019. Consult the "minors" section of the current undergraduate catalog for more details.

*PLEASE REVIEW: Important information about the PRAXIS 

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in K-12 Art

This option includes education and art education courses leading up to the internship year. Required studio and/or art history courses not previously taken will need to be integrated into the program or taken prior to enrolling. 

  1. Undergraduate major in art; 
  2. 9 hours of art education courses, taken in sequence: ARTE 348 in spring of sophomore or junior year, ARTE 528 in fall of junior or senior year, and ARTE 548 in spring of junior or senior year. Take these in place of studio or art history electives. 
  3. 3 hours non-western art history; 

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in 9-12 Biology

  1. Hold a degree in Biology that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. 24 hours in Biology to include exposure to all of the following areas: Basic Principles of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology, Ecology/Environmental Biology, and Evolution
    b. Scientific Processes or statistics course with emphasis on scientific research
    c. 6 to 8 hours in Chemistry
    d. 6 to 8 hours in Physics
    e. 3 to 4 hours in Geology
    f. 6 to 8 hours in mathematics
    g. At least 50% of the courses include associated laboratory experiences

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in 9-12 Chemistry

  1. Hold a degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or an equivalent program that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. 30 hours in chemistry to include exposure to all of the following: analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry;
    b. A lecture and lab experience in four of the five main areas of chemistry listed in (a);
    c. Three to four hours in biology (must include topics in molecular biology, bioenergetics, and ecology);
    d. Three to four hours in physics (must include topics in at least six of the following areas: energy, stellar evolution, properties and functions of waves, properties and functions of motions, properties and functions of forces, electricity, and magnetism);
    e. Three to four hours in geology/earth science (must include topics in geochemistry, cycles of matter, and energetic of earth systems); and
    f. Six to eight hours in mathematics (must include coursework in calculus and statistics*).
       *the statistics requirement can be met through a scientific/research experience housed within the program.

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in 9-12 English

  1. Hold a degree in English that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. 6 hours in Composition and Rhetoric
    b. 3 hours Composition and Rhetoric above 299-level with emphasis in theory and pedagogy
    c. Development of Modern English and Modern English Grammar (may be covered in one or more courses)
    d. 3 hours in each of the following areas of literature: British, American, World, and Adolescent
    e. 3 hours of additional coursework in literature
    f. Literary Criticism

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in 9-12 Mathematics

  1. Hold a degree in mathematics that includes courses in the following areas:
    a. Modern or abstract algebra
    b. Advanced Algebra Course (matrix or linear)
    c. 9 to 12 hour Calculus Sequence (not applied calculus)
    d. Advanced Geometry Course
    e. Applied Statistics Course
    f. Introductions to Computer Science
    g.6 hours of additional mathematics numbered above the 299-level

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in K-12 Modern Languages (French or Spanish)

  1. Hold a degree in the appropriate language# that includes 24 credits in the appropriate language all above the six-hour introductory level. 
  2. Submit evidence of having taken the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

*Applicants who speak French or Spanish as their first language must present an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the subject area they wish to teach. If the area of specialization is not in the proposed area of certification, applicants are advised to apply to the traditional MAT program offered at Winthrop.  

Additional Application Requirements for Specialization in 9-12 Social Studies

  1. Hold a degree in one of the following: History, Political Science/Government, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics that includes courses in the following:
    a. At least 18 hours above the 299-level in the social science fields
    b. Coursework in the following areas:
     i. At least one course in micro or macro economics
     ii. World/Human georgraphy
     iii. 2 world history survey courses
     iv. 2 courses that cover a range of US History
     v. American Government
     vi. International Politics
     vii. General Psychology
     viii. Introduction to Sociology or Social Policy
     ix.. Historiography (preferred)
     c. 3 hours of teaching methods Principles of teaching Social Studies (SCST 390/590)*

*Exposure to coursework in all areas (some above the 299-level) will be necessary to pass the state licensure tests and to meet the content expectations of the National Council for Social Studies teacher preparation standards. Candidates without comprehensive experiences will be referred to the traditional MAT program for addition coursework. 

 

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