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College of Education

Middle Level Education, MAT (online)

Clemson Master of Arts in Teaching teacher with middle school students in Greenville

The College of Education offers a 30-hour online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in middle level education – geared for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields who seek to change careers and enter the teaching profession in one of the following areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies.

After taking four sessions of online classes and 75 hours of field experience, you can be employed as a teacher of record in a classroom while continuing to complete your coursework and fulfill student teaching requirements. You emerge from this expedited pathway to education with a master’s degree – and a firm foundation for a teaching career.

  • Overview

    The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 30-credit hour degree designed for undergraduate non-education students or mid-career professionals who have a content background in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science, are seeking to change fields, and are not currently certified to teach. By allowing acceleration through the program with the goal of placement and retention after completion, the MAT helps address the ongoing teacher shortfall in the state of South Carolina. Most importantly, it places well-prepared candidates in the classroom in a timely manner.

    The Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Level Education promotes the entrance of content-ready individuals into the South Carolina classroom and provides a rigorous and accelerated route to meet the requirements for teacher certification. 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. The program addresses content directly related to the middle level classroom, educational foundations, and specific teaching methods that reflect current research in the field. The program also provides the courses required for initial certification to teach middle level grades in South Carolina.

  • Program Benefits
    • Convenience – Our online classes provide you flexibility to continue working while pursuing your degree.
    • Quality – You learn from some of the best minds in the education profession, people committed to preparing you for a long and successful career in the classroom.
    • Local Classroom Experiences You complete field experiences in classrooms in your local area.
    • Employment– Using the S.C. Department of Education Internship Certificate Guidelines, you can work as a teacher of record while finishing your degree, lessening the financial burden of tuition and student loans.
    • Salary_– With a master’s degree in hand, you can begin your career with a higher salary.
    • Career – This degree leads to a job that is in demand and makes a difference.
  • Admissions Requirements

    Application Deadline: July 1st

    All students seeking to complete the Middle Level Program with an emphasis in English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies must meet all admission requirements and be formally admitted before they are allowed to enroll in restricted professional courses. Applicants must have:

    • Completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
    • A ‘C’ or better in all pre-requisite content area coursework (English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies) necessary to meet state teacher certification requirements. 
    • A passing score on Praxis Subject Assessment 

    Applicants should register for the Praxis Subject Assessment on the ETS Praxis website. Test scores should be sent to both Clemson University (code 5111) and to the South Carolina State Department of Education (code 8108).

    • Submitted a graduate school application which requires: 
      • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program)
      • Current resume 
      • Two letters of recommendation 
      • Personal statement—a writing sample that addresses knowledge, accomplishments, and future career goals 
      • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students 
      • An interview, in-person or virtual 
  • Program Requirements

    The MAT Middle and Secondary program is a 30-credit hour program designed to be completed in 16 months. All coursework is offered online, and cohorts will start each fall. There are in-person field experience requirements embedded throughout the program. An overview of the field experience requirements are provided below:

    • Fall, Year 1: Field Experience Component with ED 8030/8031: 22.5 hours or 3 days
    • Spring, Year 1: Field Experience Component with both courses: 37.5 hours or 5 days
    • Summer 1, Year 1: Field Experience Component with EDF 8350: 15 hours or 2 days
    • Fall, Year 2: Full-Time Field Experience Required

    Course Requirements/Schedule

    Fall, Year 1 (6 credit hours)

    • EDLT 8100 — Foundations in Literacy
    • ED 8030/8031 — Methods of Teaching at Middle and Secondary Levels 

    Spring, Year 1 (6 credit hours)

    • EDLT 8270 — Disciplinary Literacy
    • Discipline-Specific Method Courses —Students select one of the following options:
      • EDML 8110 — Language Arts
      • EDML 8120 — Social Studies
      • EDML 8130 — Mathematics
      • EDML 8140 — Science

    Summer 1, Year 1 (6 credit hours)

    • EDF 8020 — Learning and Motivation in Context
    • EDF 8350 — Early-Late Adolescent Growth and Development

    Summer 2, Year 1 (6 credit hours)

    • EDSP 8230 — Teaching Individuals with Disabilities in Integrated Settings
    • EDML 8410 — Advanced Middle School Curriculum and Instruction

    Fall, Year 2 (6 credit hours) | Classroom Field Experience Required (Full-time)

    • EDML 8910 — Directed Internship
    • EDML 8920 — Capstone Seminar

    Two Options:

    • Internship Certificate with Partner District (In spring, employment as licensed teacher in partner district)
    • Traditional Student Teaching (In spring,employment as licensed teacher)

    Additional requirements after entering the program: 

    • Attendance at the Internship Orientation; 
    • Criminal Background Check and Full Disclosure Statement from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED);
    • Meet with program faculty at least twice per academic year to assure that you are meeting the program requirements.
  • Online Environment

    With the support of CU Online, Clemson uses the most advanced online technology to provide a rich, supportive, seamless learning environment. Courses will be asynchronous, thus allowing students to access courses when and where they need them. While students have great flexibility in asynchronous learning, there are key deadlines in each course when learning modules must be completed. Students will be provided with timely support from instructors and technology personnel so that learning is maximized. Canvas, a very user-friendly learning management system, is used for all courses to guide the learning experiences. An orientation module will be provided before the start of the program to allow students to become comfortable with expectations and the technologies before classes formally start.

  • Financial Information

    Tuition and Fees
    Explore information on tuition and fees using the Student Financial Services’ tuition and fee calculator. (Be sure to choose the ‘online’ tab at the top of the page.)

    S.C. Teacher Incentive
    The Middle Level Education MAT offers a South Carolina Teacher Incentive reducing tuition by 10% for all in-state SC K-12 teachers/leaders.

    Financial Aid
    For information regarding Financial Aid, please contact the office of Student Financial Aid.

  • Information Sessions & Calendar

    Review our College of Education Graduate Calendar to view upcoming events and information sessions.

  • Find Out More

    For more information about this program, please contact Anna Morrison at

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