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

MAT Master of Arts Teaching EnglishDo you have a passion for English and want to earn the credentials to teach in the high school classroom? Converse’s state-approved MAT in Secondary Level English will help you become a well-qualified, proficient teacher. This degree is designed for those holding a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education.

Our program prepares you to become an effective teacher with an in-depth knowledge of the English field and appropriate teaching strategies for the developmental level of your students. After completing certification requirements you will be certified to teach in grades 9-12.

Degree Offered

  • MAT in Secondary Level English

Converse’s teacher preparation programs comprise a wide diversity of field and clinical experiences in public schools. Our program prepares you to become an effective teacher with an in-depth knowledge base of your field and appropriate teaching strategies for the developmental level of your students, guided by our faculty who continually challenge students to integrate theory with practice.

More reasons to choose Converse:

Veteran Faculty: Our faculty has extensive experience in public education as teachers, administrators, or special consultants.

Quality Education: Our curriculum is aligned with professional standards and meets all the requirements for national approvals by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), approved by the South Carolina Department of Education. You will be qualified for certification reciprocity with many other states.

Community Partnerships: We enjoy close proximity to and partnerships with local public schools enabling you to have diverse experiences in a variety of schools while introducing you to a broad spectrum of student populations and work opportunities.

Clinical Experiences: The teacher education curriculum at Converse College includes sequential clinical experiences in public school settings. You will complete at least two of these clinical experiences prior to student teaching.

Convenience: Flexibility is essential for students who manage busy work schedules and personal commitments. Most required courses are conducted after 4 p.m., accommodating students’ busy schedules. We work with students one-on-one to accommodate their specific needs, allowing them to balance their work life, personal life and school.

Degree Prestige and Value: Since 1890, Converse College has provided students with education rooted in the liberal arts. Converse College graduates are principled and productive citizens capable of creative thinking and problem solving.

Converse’s goal is to develop teachers with the cultural characteristics and school practices that reflect the needs of the students and the school philosophy.

Our English candidates will complete a major in English which includes a minimum of 33 semester hours of English above the 100 level. You will also complete certain courses within or in addition to the major. These courses ensure study of the language, composition, and literature for future English teachers. In addition, prospective teachers of English must complete hours in professional education and psychology. You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in content area courses as well as a 3.0 GPA in overall program coursework.

The MAT degree in Secondary Level English:

  • Provide a thorough course of study in human growth and development;
  • Develop skills in appropriate pedagogy and classroom management;
  • Promote a broad knowledge of the history, theory, and professional practices promote a broad knowledge of the history, theory, and professional practices that are related to secondary English education;
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency in instructional technology including the knowledge of skills, strategies, software and hardware to be used in classroom management and computer-assisted instruction;
  • Plan, implement and assess instruction in simulated settings and in real classroom settings as a student teacher*;
  • Organize and effectively manage placement in the public schools in grades 9 through 12.

*The PRAXIS II exam is taken by students before the completion of student teaching.

Visit the graduate catalog for current course requirements for this degree.

MAT in Secondary Level English– Benchmark Worksheet

The worksheet below outlines the academic requirements for the MAT program in Secondary Level English: