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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Secondary Math and Science

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.

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  • Overview

    The MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in secondary science or secondary mathematics education is a 42-hour program that can be completed in 14 months and is offered in the Greenville area. It consists of online and face-to-face instruction and more than 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching.

    The MAT program is a technologically rich program in which students master the fundamentals of teaching and become skilled at motivating and helping students learn either science or mathematics at deep levels. The program addresses content directly related to the secondary classroom, educational foundations and specific teaching methods that reflect current research in the field.

    The program also provides the courses required for initial certification for grades 9-12 in South Carolina. The program is geared primarily toward adults with a background in science, mathematics or a related discipline who wish to change careers and enter the teaching field.

  • 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 15. 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 from all prior institutions from which a degree was awarded and from which transfer credit is desired (Official transcripts will be required if granted admission). A bachelor’s degree or higher is required from an accredited institution. Prior course work must show completion of at least 30 semester credits with a C or better in the certification area or closely related discipline and at least a 2.75 GPA. Note: additional course work may be required to address deficiencies in certain content areas (e.g., science requires course work in physics, chemistry and biology).
    • Current résumé or vita indicating relevant professional work experience. Three or more years of professional experience beyond the bachelor’s degree is recommended.
    • 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.

    Applicants may be considered for admission without Praxis II scores; however, all individuals must submit passing scores for these exams to be recommended for student teaching in the spring and for certification.

  • Curriculum

    Download the Program Handbook here.

    The MAT program is composed of three elements: 

    • Core pedagogical course work (18 hours)
    • Content course work (9 hours)
    • Practicum and internship components (15 hours)

    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 public high school, during which they spend two days per week in the assigned placement. During the spring semester, students complete a 15-week directed internship (student teaching) and a capstone seminar.

    Program Courses

    Core:
    ED 6900
    Classroom Management
    EDF 8020 Advanced Educational Psychology
    EDF 8350 Adolescent Growth and Development
    EDLT 8100 Foundations of Reading and Writing
    EDLT 8270 Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers
    EDSP 8230 Teaching Individuals with Disabilities in Integrated Settings

    Content:
    BIOL 6820
    Laboratory Techniques for Teaching Science
    ED 8340 Environmental Science for Teachers
    ED 8350 Engineering Design for Teachers
    EDSC 6370 Technology in Secondary Mathematics
    MATH 7380 Modern Geometry for Secondary Teachers
    MATH 7500 Modern Algebra for Secondary Teachers

    Practicum and internship:
    EDSC 8610
    Teaching Methods and Strategies for Secondary Science
    EDSC 8620 Teaching Methods and Strategies for Secondary Mathematics
    EDSC 8910 Directed Internship
    EDSC 8920 Capstone Seminar

    A typical course schedule is provided below:

    Summer Session I (6 credits)
    Advanced Educational Psychology, EDF 8020
    Foundations of Reading and Writing, EDLT 8100

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

    Fall Semester (12 credits)
    Teaching Methods and Strategies for Secondary Science or Math, EDSC 8610 or 8620
    Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers, EDLT 8270
    Classroom Management, EDF 6900
    Content Course #3*

    Spring Semester (12 credits)
    Directed Internship (student teaching), EDSC 8910
    Capstone Seminar, EDSC 8920

    Summer Session I (6 credits)
    Teaching Individuals with Disabilities in Integrated Settings, EDSP 8230
    Adolescent Growth and Development, EDF 8350

    Total Hours: 42

    * See advisor for recommended content courses

  • Program Information

    Completion of the MAT for secondary science or mathematics degree program is dependent upon the following:

    • Completion of all required prerequisites.
    • Completion of all course work with a grade of C or better.
    • Successful completion of student teaching experience.
    • Students must take all state-required Praxis II exams:
      • Biology: 5235 or Chemistry: 5245 or Physics: 5265 or General Science: 5435 and Professional Learning and Teaching (PLT): 5624.
      • Mathematics: 5161 and Professional Learning and Teaching (PLT): 0624.
    • Passing scores on all tests are required for certification. 

    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). Candidates must have passing scores on science or on math to begin the student teaching internship.  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

    Megan Che, Ph.D
    Secondary Education, Math
    sche@clemson.edu

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

    Nick Gomez
    Secondary Education, Math
    carlos@clemson.edu

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

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

  • Financial Aid

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

    Additionally, applicants might also want to consider applying for a Stafford Loan, a SC Career-Changers Loan and/or 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.