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What makes this degree program distinct?

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.

With this degree, can I teach in another state?

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.

How long does it take to complete the program?

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.

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).

What does the M.A.T. degree prepare me to do?

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.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, is available. The first step in applying is to submit the FAFSA online at Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor at (803) 807-5036 to discuss any questions.

How can I “sell” the idea to my school?

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.

What educational background is needed?

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.


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