Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood & Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program seeks to create a learning environment that provides models, growth experiences, and communities of practice for equipping Christian educators. The entire early childhood and elementary school curricula are addressed, and graduates are eligible for initial state licensure recommendation for elementary education (2nd-6th grade) with an add-on in early childhood (PreK-3rd grade) in South Carolina as well as with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The program is designed to meet your scheduling needs. You may begin your course of study at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters, and may complete the program in four terms of full-time study or extend the time to complete the program.

You will be trained as a Christian educator, involved learner, effective practitioner, and authentic professional who makes decisions and creates effective learning communities.

Objectives:

Our objective is to help you become a:

  • Learner who knows content, children, and pedagogy.

  • Designer who demonstrates effective planning and preparation for instruction.

  • Presenter who models effective educational methodology, communication, and technology techniques.

  • Evaluator who assesses, diagnoses, and monitors individual needs to implement differentiated instructional opportunities.

  • Manager who creates and effectively manages a nurturing environment.

  • Partner who collaborates with the child, family, community, and other professionals.

  • Professional, committed, reflective, model educator who learns from experience and contributes to the profession

Opportunities:

This program will prepare you to teach pre-K to sixth grade in these contexts:

  • Public schools in the United States (The program leads to initial teacher licensure recommendation in South Carolina, which has a reciprocal agreement with most other states.)

  • Christian schools in the United States

  • Private and charter schools in the United States

  • International schools all over the world

Your Next Step:

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood & Elementary Education Admission Requirements

• Completed application
• $25 application fee
• Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
• Academic Proficiency as evidenced by passing: Official Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators report, SAT, ACT, or GRE
• Church leader reference and Professional reference
• Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
• Minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA

Degree Program Faculty

A photo of Linda Murdaugh, the director of Professional Education Field Experiences at CIU

Linda Murdaugh

Director of Professional Education Field Experiences

B.A., California Baptist College; M.A., California State University

 

A photo of Debbie Moore, Master of Education Program Director.

Debbie Moore

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program Director, Professor of Education

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ph.D., Columbia International University

 

A photo of Connie Mitchell, dean of the College of Education at CIU.

Connie Mitchell

Dean of the College of Education

B.A., Florida Bible College; B.S., Bryan College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Miami

 

Photo of Mark McCann, a professor at CIU, a Christian university in South Carolina.

Mark McCann

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program Director, Professor of Education

B.A., Florida Bible College; M.S., Nova Southeastern University; Ed.D., University of Central Florida

 

Photo of Lynn Hoekstra, CIU Education Professor

Lynn Hoekstra

Teacher Education Program Director, Professor of Education

B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University

 

Format
On Campus
Credit Hours
44
Approx. Program Length
36 months