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Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

Become the Teacher You Strive to Be With Your Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Maybe you’ve worked in human services or a related field. You’ve witnessed how quality schooling — or a lack thereof — can affect a child’s entire being. Now, you’ve developed a strong interest in teaching at the K–8 level.
Or perhaps you obtained your non-teacher bachelor’s degree in a subject area taught in schools, like English, mathematics, health, science, or social studies. Now, you wish to put your education to use in a new way — teaching K–12 students.
Regardless of how you arrived at this point, South Carolina State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree program will prepare you for initial certification to pursue your new goal — to become a teacher.

Choose a master’s degree for teaching focused on your success

Our master’s degree for teaching framework focuses on developing you as a professional educator, an effective performer, a reflective decision-maker, and a humanistic practitioner. The major objective of our teaching master’s degree is to provide a route for your initial teaching certification at the graduate level. 
Our master’s degree for teachers is also designed to develop your skills and knowledge for the appropriate grade level.

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face

Master of Arts in Teaching Program Highlights

Our master’s degree for teaching program is designed to provide you with the skills, insights, and knowledge to obtain the initial teaching certification required to become a K–8 or K–12 teacher.
Our teaching master’s degree program allows you to:

Enhance your offerings by selecting a teaching concentration

South Carolina State’s master’s degree for teachers allows you to select a teaching concentration. You’ll then follow a curricular program specific to your teaching concentration. Obtaining your teaching master’s degree concentration will set you apart from other teacher applicants and elevate your teaching career path. Concentrations are available in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Biology Education

Leverage extensive resources for success

As a student in our master’s degree for teaching program, you’ll benefit from access to numerous student resources to help you achieve success during your education — and even after you graduate. South Carolina State’s student success and retention programs and related services include:

  • Multipurpose Academic Computer (MAC) Lab
  • Peer tutorial services
  • Student Leadership Orientation Program
  • Preparing Undergraduates for Scholarly Holistic (PUSH) Writing Center

Receive personal attention from mentoring faculty

Our low student-to-faculty ratio (14:1) allows our teaching education faculty to provide you with personal attention and valuable mentoring. On average, 60% of our classes have fewer than 20 students.

Enjoy personalized academic advising and career services

As a teaching master’s degree student, you’ll benefit from working with academic and career advisers who offer extensive experience in teaching education, many of whom have kept their teaching certifications current.

Gain hands-on experience in a real classroom

In the final semester of your master’s degree for teachers program, you’ll complete an on-site directed teaching practicum or internship as a teacher in a real classroom. You’ll provide actual instruction and teaching guided by your program adviser and field experience teacher.

Student-to-faculty ratio ensures small classes and personal attention
Job placement rate for recent graduates of our teaching programs
Years — average time to complete your teaching master’s degree program

What Will You Study in Your Master of Arts in Teaching Program?

South Carolina State’s master’s degree for teachers requires 43–51 credit hours to complete, depending on your concentration. Your degree program can typically be completed in about two years. The specific courses you will take will be determined by your concentration. 
Core courses will include:

  • Human Growth & Development
  • History & Philosophy of Education
  • Learning Theories for Teachers
  • Nature & Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • Curriculum Planning & Development

Master of Arts in Teaching Program Development

South Carolina State’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree program has been developed according to Standards for Program Approval by the South Carolina Department of Education. Additionally, it meets all of the requirements for initial certification in the specified concentrations, and it provides the knowledge base and develops the competencies needed by program graduates to fulfill the teaching roles for which they are to be prepared.