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Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education (MAT)

Anderson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 52 credit-hour program designed to help individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in something other than education the opportunity to become an elementary school teacher. As you earn your Master of Arts, you’ll complete the four Read to Succeed literacy courses that South Carolina requires for all teachers and study other subjects on the state PRAXIS (theory and practice) and PLT (Principles of Learning) test you must pass to become a certified teacher.

Offered at our convenient location at the University Center of Greenville, the Anderson MAT program prepares you to obtain teaching certification in South Carolina and other states that have reciprocal agreements. You’ll be highly qualified to teach second through sixth-grade students in public or private schools or at tutoring or other specialized learning centers.

Your MAT courses will cover:

  • Reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music and physical education curriculum, instruction and assessment techniques
  • Theory – the educational theories and human development that undergird modern teaching practices
  • Instructional Process – how to plan lessons for diverse students, including emerging learners, developing learners, grade-level students, and advanced learners. You’ll also learn how to provide IEP (Individualized Educational Plans), disability (504), and ESL (English as A Second Language) learning accommodations.
  • Assessment – You’ll learn that assessing students is an ongoing information-gathering process versus high-stakes, judgmental exams. You’ll study how assessments should inform you of what your students know and how you can help meet their needs.
  • Professional Development, Leadership and Community  – Your professional development starts with your placement in a local school where you’ll shadow teachers for at least 85 hours before your 65 days of clinical experience in a classroom. You’ll learn what’s expected of you as a professional educator—from managing classrooms to interviewing for a teaching position.  And your leadership will be rooted in your study of education research and policy. As a student at AU, you’ll get many opportunities to craft lessons grounded in educational research.


The College of Education prepares men and women to become Christ-centered educators who are builders of knowledge, values, and community.

—AU College of Education educational philosophy


Some recognition and awards Anderson University has received include:

  • Ranked #1 Up and Coming school among regional colleges in the South (2015 – U.S. News and World Report)
  • Ranked #2 Most Innovative School among regional colleges in the South (2016 – U.S. News and World Report)
  • Ranked #16 (Public and Private) among regional colleges in the South (2016 – U.S. News and World Report)
  • Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence – 2015/2016
  • Best Southeastern Colleges (Princeton Review – 2014)

For valuable information about the Anderson Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education, please click here: Anderson University @ UCG – MAT.