Our graduate programs at Clemson University build on the rich experiences and expertise of faculty and students to provide an educational environment in which both groups share in research, exploration and inquiry. The result of this synergy is impact — on our community and beyond.
The MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in middle level education is a 36-hour field-based initial certification program for grades 5-8. Course work includes 12 content area hours and 24 hours in education in the areas of middle school methods, curriculum, reading, educational psychology, growth and development, tests and measures, and special education.
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Admissions are conducted by the program coordinator. All potential MAT students must have their undergraduate transcripts (and any graduate work that may be relevant to admission) evaluated by the coordinator. This will determine if the potential student should apply for admission. An interview is also required. In most cases this should be scheduled for Greenville, but out-of-state students may set up a phone interview.
The MAT uses the Praxis II content exam as part of the admissions procedures. Because the exam is only given six times a year, some latitude is given to candidates. Students may be conditionally accepted based on other supporting documents and the interview. This saves them a spot in their cohort. Students must file all passing Praxis II and PLT scores with the coordinator.
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