Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood & Elementary Education


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. The entire early childhood and elementary school curricula are addressed, and graduates are eligible for initial teacher licensure recommendation in South Carolina as well as with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The program is designed to meet your scheduling needs. You may begin your course of study at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters, and may complete the program in four terms of full-time study or extend the time to complete the program.

You will be trained as a Christian educator, involved learner, effective practitioner, and authentic professional who makes decisions and creates effective learning communities.


Our objective is to help you become a:

  • Learner who knows content, children, and pedagogy.

  • Designer who demonstrates effective planning and preparation for instruction.

  • Presenter who models effective educational methodology, communication, and technology techniques.

  • Evaluator who assesses, diagnoses, and monitors individual needs to implement differentiated instructional opportunities.

  • Manager who creates and effectively manages a nurturing environment.

  • Partner who collaborates with the child, family, community, and other professionals.

  • Professional, committed, reflective, model educator who learns from experience and contributes to the profession


This program will prepare you to teach pre-K to sixth grade in these contexts:

  • Public schools in the United States (The program leads to initial teacher licensure recommendation in South Carolina, which has a reciprocal agreement with most other states.)

  • Christian schools in the United States

  • Private and charter schools in the United States

  • International schools all over the world


Featured Faculty: 
Photo of Lynn Hoekstra, CIU Education Professor Lynn Hoekstra
Teacher Education Program Director, Education Professor

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

Photo of Mark McCann, a professor at CIU, a Christian university in South Carolina. Mark McCann
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director

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

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