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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Middle Level Education

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.

Specialty Concentrations

  • Overview

    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, and tests and measures. The program can typically be completed in approximately 14 months and is offered in the Greenville area.

    Clemson University is proud to offer the National Science Foundation-funded Noyce Scholarship to qualified individuals. Those interested in applying for a scholarship should contact Lienne Medford, Ph.D. at lienne@clemson.edu.

  • Admission Requirements

    The optimal entry point into the MAT program is during the Summer I term with a projected graduation the following summer. The program application deadline is April 1. To be considered for admission, individuals must complete the online Graduate School application. Every required document in support of your application must be on file by the deadline date for consideration.

    Required Documents:

    • Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
    • Unofficial transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (Official transcripts will be required if recommended for admission)
    • Current résumé or vita
    • Personal statement
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

    A departmental interview is also a required portion of the admissions process. The interview can be scheduled before or after all application materials have been submitted.

    Passing Praxis II content scores will be required prior to student teaching.

  • Curriculum

    Download the Program Handbook here.

    The discipline-specific methods courses, practicum and content literacy courses taken in the fall semester require students to complete a field experience in a local middle school. During the spring semester, students complete a directed internship (student teaching).

    • Content Course #1 (see advisor for recommended content courses for your discipline)
    • Content Course #2
    • Content Course #3
    • Content Course #4
    • EDLT 8100 Foundations of Reading and Writing
    • EDLT 8270 Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers
    • EDML 8020 Early Adolescent Psychology and Philosophy
    • EDML 8030 The Early Adolescent Learner
    • EDML 8080 Middle School Assessment for Teachers
    • EDML 8110, 8120, 8130 or 8140 Middle Grades Methods I (practicum in the content area)
    • EDML 8210, 8220, 8230 or 8240 Middle Grades Methods II (student teaching in the content area)
    • EDML 8410 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction

    A typical course schedule is provided below:

    Summer I (6 credits)
    Early Adolescent Psychology and Philosophy, EDML 8020
    Middle School Assessment for Teachers, EDML 8080

    Summer II (6 credits)
    Content Course #1*
    Content Course #2*

    Fall (12 credits)
    Middle Grades Methods I, EDML 8110, 8120, 8130 or 8140
    Middle School Curriculum and Instruction, EDML 8410
    Foundations of Reading and Writing, EDLT 8100
    Content Course #3*

    Spring (6 credits)
    Middle Grades Methods II (student teaching in this content area), EDML 8210, 8220, 8230 or 8240
    Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers, EDLT 8270

    Summer I (6 credits)
    Content Course #4*
    The Early Adolescent Learner, EDML 8030

    Total Hours: 36

    *See advisor for recommended content courses

  • Program Information

    Completion of the middle grades MAT program is dependent upon the following:

    • Completion of all required prerequisites
    • Completion of all program course work with a grade of C or better
    • Successful completion of student teaching experience
    • Passing scores for any required Praxis II content exam

    A record of all state-required Praxis II exams must be on file at Clemson University in order to begin the directed internship (student teaching). Additionally, no one can complete the program without having taken all required certification tests. Additional information can be found at South Carolina Test Requirements.

  • Program Faculty and Staff

    Alison Search
    Student Services Manager
    University Center of Greenville
    225 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
    Greenville, SC 29607
    864-250-8880
    alisonp@clemson.edu

    Beatrice Naff Bailey, Ph.D.
    Middle Level Education, Social Studies
    cbeatri@clemson.edu

    Nicole Bannister, Ph.D.
    Middle Level Education, Mathematics
    nbannis@clemson.edu

    Michelle Cook, Ph.D.
    Middle Level Education, Science
    mcook@clemson.edu

    Lienne Medford, Ph.D.
    Middle Level Education, English
    lienne@clemson.edu

    Cassie Quigley, Ph.D.
    Middle Level Education, Science
    cassieq@clemson.edu

    Jeff Marshall, Ph.D.
    Department Chair of Teaching and Learning
    marsha9@clemson.edu

  • Financial Aid

    Clemson University is proud to offer the National Science Foundation-funded Noyce Scholarship to qualified individuals. Those interested in applying for a scholarship should contact Lienne Medford, Ph.D. at lienne@clemson.edu.

    Applicants seeking financial aid should visit Clemson’s Student Financial Aid site.

    Those interested might also consider applying for a Teacher Forgiveness Loan.

  • Find Out More

    For more information, please fill out this form or visit the Clemson University Graduate School website. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Alison Search.