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Master of Arts in Teaching in the Performing Arts

Bonnie Springer
School of Education, Health and Human Performance
Program Director

Robert Taylor
School of the Arts
Program Coordinator for the choral music concentration

Laura Turner

School of the Arts

Program Coordinator for the theatre concentration


About the M.A.T. in the Performing Arts Degree Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in the Performing Arts degree concentrations lead to P-12 teacher licensure by the South Carolina State Department of Education. The degree is designed for individuals who possess undergraduate degrees (or equivalent experience and/or training) in music, theatre or dance who desire to teach in public schools. This degree currently consists of a concentration in choral music (leading to South Carolina certification/licensure in general and choral Pk-12 music education). Concentrations in theatre (leading to certification/licensure in P-12 theatre) and dance (leading to certification/licensure in P-12 dance) will be offered in the future.

The program uniquely combines the best of the College of Charleston’s mission for serving the Southeast by connecting candidates with service in the public schools as well as providing for the continued growth and enrichment of artistic endeavors of the practicing artist. Although the program’s primary purpose is teacher preparation, individuals are also provided the opportunity for continued study in their arts specialty which may be applied toward future pursuit of the terminal degree in their chosen arts concentration. Graduate coursework is completed in the School of the Arts and the School of Health, Education and Human Performance. Most coursework in the degree is taught by full-time faculty holding terminal degrees in their fields. Students are afforded plentiful opportunities to study and work within the renowned Charleston arts community.

Professional Development for Certified Teachers

Certified educators can enroll in professional development courses through the School of Education, Health and Human Performance Office of Professional Development in Education (OPDE). These courses, known as Professional Development Courses (EDPD) are used to modernize instructional strategies and offer content enrichment opportunities while leading to recertification points and pay scale advancements. These Professional Development credits offered through OPDE do not count toward the completion of an advanced degree such as the Master of Education or Master of Arts in Teaching. For more information regarding professional development courses, contact the OPDE Office at 843.953.7651.

Please note that EDPD courses differ from Catalog Courses. A Catalog Course has been approved as part of a course of study in a College of Charleston graduate-level program. These courses are ones that are offered through a contract course arrangement and count towards a master's degree in a specific discipline area (i.e.: M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs). They are awarded graduate credit, reviewed, and accepted by the specific discipline/curriculum involved.