Middle-Level Education


Degrees Offered


This program is currently not accepting applicants.

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.


Program of Study

Program Curriculum:

  • Advanced Educational Psychology EDF 8020
  • Early Adolescent Growth & Development EDF 8030
  • Content Course # I
  • Content Course #2
  • Content Course #3
  • Content Course #4
  • Middle Grades Methods I (practicum in the content area) EDML 8110, 8120, 8130, or 8140
  • Middle School Curriculum EDML 8410
  • Educational Tests and Measurement EDF 8080
  • Middle Grades Methods II (student teaching in this content area)  EDML 8210, 8220, 8230, or 8240
  • Middle Grades Reading READ 8670
  • Teaching Diverse Learners EDSP 8230


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.


Application Information

This program is currently not accepting applicants.


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.


Program Contact(s)

  • Alison Search
  • Office: University Center of Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 250-8880
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)