The Master of Arts in Teaching Accelerated Pathway

The MAT Accelerated program (MAT-5 program) is a fast-paced option for Winthrop students who began education coursework as an undergraduate. MAT Accelerated students complete courses required for teaching certification in the summer, fall, and spring. The accelerated pathway requires recent Winthrop graduates to have a minor in Educational Studies and a bachelor's degree in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, dance, educational studies, English, French, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, Spanish, or theatre. 

Program Coordinator
Dr. Lisa Harris, 204 Withers Building

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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.

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      Applicants to the MAT, Accelerated Pathway must have completed an undergraduate degree in the discipline with the Educational Studies minor or the BS in Educational Studies major. The baccalaureate degree from Winthrop University must have been completed within one year of beginning the program. 

      Time to completion: 1 year

      Total Credits: 30

      Eligibility: Current Winthrop students or recent Winthrop graduates

      Format: Campus-based

        Curriculum (Accelerated MAT program)

        Art (K-12)



        Dance (K-12)      

        Early Childhood (PK-3)

        Elementary Education (2-6)


        French (K-12)


        Middle Level Education (5-8)

        Physical Education (K-12)

        Social Studies

        Spanish (K-12)

        Special Education (K-12)

        Theatre (K-12)   


        Accelerated MAT Program Deadline: February 15 for summer admission.

        This program only admits students one time per year, in the summer.

        • The online Graduate Studies 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 Studies office from the issuing institution(s). These official undergraduate transcript(s) will allow the department to confirm all content requirements have been completed.

        • Undergraduate major in art, biology, chemistry, dance, educational studies, English, French, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, Spanish, or theatre; 

        • Educational Studies minor or BS in Educational Studies major. Consult the "minors" section of the current undergraduate catalog for more details.

        • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

        • Passing score on Praxis Subject Assessment content area exam.

        • Meet all additional requirements based on the content area.

        • Admission to Teacher Education.

        • 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.”

        See additional required admission requirements for content areas.

        Please Review: Important information about the required PRAXIS Exams


    Financial Assistance

    Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships are available to fully-admitted graduate students.  In addition, a special grant-funded scholarship and stipend program is available to those pursuing Math or Biology teacher certification. The WISE program (Winthrop Initiative for STEM Educators) will provide $10,000 scholarships and stipends to eligible MAT students who agree to teach in high-need schools upon graduation. The WISE website provides complete details and application information.


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