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Master of Arts in Teaching


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. Graduates are eligible for initial teacher certification recommendation in South Carolina as well as with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

The M.A.T. program is 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.


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:

  • Learners who know content, children, and pedagogy.
  • Designers who demonstrate effective planning and preparation for instruction.
  • Presenters who model effective educational methodology, communication, and technology techniques.
  • Evaluators who assess, diagnose, and monitor individual needs to implement differentiated instructional opportunities.
  • Managers who create and effectively manage a nurturing environment.
  • Partners who collaborate with the child, family, community, and other professionals.
  • Professionals who are committed, reflective model educators who learn from experience and contribute to the profession


Teach early childhood and elementary education in Christian, international, private and public schools.

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Featured Faculty: 
Lynn Hoekstra Lynn Hoekstra
Teacher Education Program Director, Education Professor

B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University

Mark McCann Mark McCann
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Education Professor

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Connie Mitchell
Dean of the College of Education

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami

Debbie Moore Debbie Moore
M.Ed. Program Director, Education Professor

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ed.D., Columbia International University

Linda Murdaugh Linda Murdaugh
Director of Professional Education Field Experiences

B.A., California Baptist College; M.A., California State University

Milton V. Uecker
Associate Dean of the College of Education, Director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education, Education Professor

B.A., Concordia University Chicago (formerly Concordia Teachers College); M.Ed., University of Texas; Ed.D., University of Virginia