The MAT (Masters 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.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
The MAT practicum is a 10-week M-F public or private school field experience. Most students will enroll in practicum in the fall semester. The practicum is the 0 hour lab for the first methods class (EDML 811, 812, 813, 814). The Practicum Handbook, updated each year and distributed in the summer, provides additional details. A Practicum Orientation is held at the end of summer school.
Professional Development Requirement:
All MAT students are required to attend a minimum of one professional conference during their enrollment in the MAT. MAT faculty members usually attend SCMSA (SC Middle School Association) the first weekend in March and many MAT students both attend and present at this conference. Opportunities to attend other content-related conferences such as GeoFest and SCCTM (SC Council for Teachers of Mathematics) are also available.
The SC Student Loan Corporation (phone: 803-798-0916) can provide information on the Career Changer Loan (up to $15,000 for those who have worked for at least three years; forgiven 20% a year if one teaches middle school in SC) or the Teacher’s Loan (up to $5,000 for those who have graduated within the last 3 years; forgiven 20% a year in one teaches middle school in SC) or the Stafford Loan.