Elementary Education

One-year Master of Arts in Teaching

Elementary Education

Skilled teachers are in high demand. If you have an undergraduate degree in any subject and want to become an elementary school teacher, the College of Charleston’s accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree program might be the right choice for you.

This program will provide you with the academic and practical experience you’ll need to launch a rewarding, new career teaching children in grades two through six. You will be required to complete 39 credit hours, which will include a variety of experiences in public elementary schools, between June 1 and July of the following year.

We will prepare you with the pedagogy necessary to develop the emotional and intellectual abilities of children in grades two through six.

The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Admissions Criteria

  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions; minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Official Praxis Core Score or GRE (requirement waived for Summer 2023 applicants)
  • Official TOEFL scores if your primary language is not English
  • A professional résumé and two letters of recommendation regarding your academic and/or work experience. One should be from someone who has observed you working with children.
  • A statement of purpose describing why the candidate seeks to pursue the M.A.T. program and a career in teaching.
  • Statement of ability to perform essential teaching duties under the Americans with Disabilities Act

For more information, visit the Praxis Core website.


For the most up-to-date information, visit Treasurer's Office Tuition and Fees.

Application Deadlines

Priority: January 15
Final: April 17

No fall or spring admission.

Contact Information

Brian Lanahan
program director

Additional Information