In keeping with the institutional mission of Columbia International University, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program seeks to create a learning environment that provides models, growth experiences, and communities of practice for equipping Christian educators who make wise decisions as they create effective learning communities. We are equipping discerning educators. The entire early childhood and elementary school curricula are addressed.
Students (referred to as candidates herein) completing the specified requirements will be recommended for initial teacher certification in South Carolina, which has a reciprocal agreement with many other states. Since certification requirements vary from state to state, candidates are advised to make themselves familiar with the requirements of the states in which they may want to teach. Candidates completing the program requirements will be eligible for recommendation for initial South Carolina certification in either Early Childhood (PreK-3rd grade) or Elementary (2nd-6th grade). Candidates will also be recommended for Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification.
The M.A.T. program is also designed to meet the scheduling needs of individuals. Candidates may begin their course of study at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters. The program may be completed in four terms of full-time study or candidates may extend the time to complete the program. The M.A.T. program director is available to assist candidates in planning their degree program.
As candidates journey through the M.A.T. program, milestones are reached that serve as a time for evaluation and planning. Milestones are specific points in the learning journey where competencies will have been met. These milestones are:
Specific dates, deadlines, and competencies for each milestone are detailed in the M.A.T. Candidate Handbook.
We strive to produce Christian educators who are involved learners, effective practitioners, and authentic professionals so they can make wise decisions as they create effective learning communities.
Candidates will demonstrate that they are becoming discerning educators when they show they are:
Students satisfactorily completing the M.A.T. are recommended for initial teacher certification in South Carolina, which has a reciprocity agreement with most states. Since certification requirements do vary from state to state, students are advised to make themselves familiar with the requirements of states in which they may want to teach.
Our program focuses on equipping Christian educators to think, teach, and lead biblically in educational settings throughout the world. This approach provides a biblical foundation for a career in teaching. Graduates will think Christianly about the profession of teaching as well as the nature and needs of children.