Certificate Options

Winthrop University offers undergraduate and graduate options that lead to initial teacher certification in mathematics or science. 

Undergraduate Certification in Secondary Biology or Mathematics
Students in these programs earn an undergraduate degree in the content field while completing coursework necessary to earn certification at the high school level. Winthrop’s secondary teacher certification programs are known for excellence, extensive clinical experience, and a focus on the importance of strong content preparation.

The MAT-Accelerated program allows individuals to earn an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, or mathematics at Winthrop and then complete teacher certification in one additional year at the graduate-level. The program is designed such that undergraduate biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors complete the Educational Studies Minor with sufficient flexibility to pursue second minors, additional certification or endorsement areas, complete more extensive research experiences, or study abroad. Then these individuals complete the additional requirements for certification at the graduate level. Thus Winthrop students pursuing this option earn both an undergraduate content major and education graduate degree in no more than 5 years.

The MAT-Traditional program is designed for individuals who have a) completed a content degree in a field related to the area of certification, b) content requirements that are not met through the undergraduate program, c) completed the undergraduate degree more than one year before admission and/or d) completed undergraduate degrees at another institution. This track provides flexibility for career changers that wish to enter the teaching force after another career. Although the certification program is flexible enough to allow individuals with a STEM degree to pursue certification, the WISE scholarship can only be awarded to individuals that hold a STEM degree. If you are unsure of your eligibility please ask.

The WISE program is currently seeking a new round of funding and was last funded by the NSF 15-530, Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under award #1540690

Please consider making a gife to our foundation fund that supports projects and experiences not allowable in the grant funding. Visit: https://www.winthrop.edu/advancement/make-a-gift-coe.aspx and indicate: #1785 the WISE Program Fund.