Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Masters In Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is available for adults holding a baccalaureate degree in a field other than education and who have successful completion of CORE Praxis. The purpose of the initial certification program is to prepare graduate students to become well-qualified teachers by their completion of one of our State-approved education programs. Students may select from the following programs:

The MAT is an on-campus program. It requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of work at the graduate level; however, some programs (such as elementary and special education) require additional courses in order to meet all state certification requirements. Programs are approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education and enjoy certification reciprocity with many other states.

MAT Benchmark Worksheets

The worksheets below outline the academic requirements for each of the different programs. For information on the general program requirements, please consult the Initial Certification Program Requirements & Benchmarks.

For consideration of admission, the applicant should have the following credentials:

  • Graduation from an accredited college
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • A major undergraduate program appropriate for requested teaching area
  • A completed application form online, including $40 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation  (with at least one from an academic source)
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Passing Core Praxis scores (www.ets.org/praxis). We can waive Core Praxis if you have SAT scores of 1100 or better before 2005, or 1650 or better after 2005, or a composite score of 24 or better on your ACTs.
  • *A personal statement

*Converse College’s founder, Dexter Edgar Converse, held the ideal that Converse students “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” Please write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, on how your personal goals as an educator tie with the Converse concept of The “Ideal” Educator. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work. Please be specific on how Converse can help you become the “Ideal” Educator, taking special care to organize your essay clearly and proofread your work. The personal statement should be submitted as a part of the application or emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Deadlines for Completed Application and Materials

  • July 15 (For Fall Admission)
  • December 15 (For Spring Admission)

*Converse Graduate Admission admits applicants on a rolling basis upon review of completed materials

FeeCost
On-campus Tuition $400/credit hour
Non-refundable Registration Fee $20 ($50 late registration)
Technology Fee $50/term
Parking Permit $25/term
Graduation Fee $150


*Tuition and fees subject to change
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Kerry Harding

Kerry Harding

Master in Teaching, Elementary Education ’17

“I love the courses I’ve taken in the MAT program. One course that stands out in my mind is “Literature for the Child” with Dr. Julie Jones. While studying the different genres of children’s literature, each student read and summarized 100 children’s books. The class provided a chance to expand my worldview. As a graduate student, I also enjoyed the creative challenge of writing my own children’s book to share in class.”

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