The program can be completed in 18-36 months, depending on the needs of the student. Students with three years of approved teaching experience can apply for a waiver of student teaching and thus complete the program in as little as one year.
Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact a Financial Aid counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree prepares students to teach in early childhood or elementary education classrooms in Christian, International, private and public schools. Students satisfactorily completing the specified requirements will be recommended for South Carolina initial teacher certification in early childhood (PK-3) and elementary education (2-6). Graduates of the program are also eligible for an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification.
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.
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.