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School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Level Education

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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.

Download Program Handbook here.

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.

Required Documents

Program Curriculum

  • Advanced Educational Psychology EDF 8020
  • Early Adolescent Growth & Development EDF 8030
  • Content Course # I
  • Content Course #2
  • Content Course #3
  • Content Course #4
  • Middle Grades Methods I (practicum in the content area) EDML 8110, 8120, 8130, or 8140
  • Middle School Curriculum EDML 8410
  • Educational Tests and Measurement EDF 8080
  • Middle Grades Methods II (student teaching in this content area)  EDML 8210, 8220, 8230, or 8240
  • Middle Grades Reading READ 8670
  • Teaching Diverse Learners EDSP 8230

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