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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.
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.
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 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.
The M.Ed. program can be viewed as part of the educators’ responsibilities within their schools. Course assignments and program projects will be designed for immediate application. The curriculum is designed for its relevancy to current practice and will be directly applicable to present and future educational roles, whether as administrators, curriculum specialists, or faculty.
Although two years teaching or administrative experience, teacher certification, or education degree is preferred, a limited number of students without one of these experiences, who otherwise meet requirements, with exceptional leadership qualities may be considered. Prerequisite course work or internships could be required.