art teacher with studentLander University is accredited by the National Association of Schools in Art and Design (NASAD) and The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The M.A.T. program at Lander University is a graduate degree program with a focus in art education. This degree is designed for the practical preparation of qualified individuals seeking initial certification in art, K-12. Candidates must have a BFA degree in visual art or have completed at least 30 credit hours of advanced undergraduate studio coursework with their undergraduate degree. MAT Graduates are certified to teach K-12 in South Carolina. In addition, graduates will be prepared to seek additional advanced degrees, including an MFA and Ph.D. The Lander M.A.T. degree targets exceptional art students who aspire to be accomplished artists as well as artist educators. Students who pursue an undergraduate

B.F.A. degree from Lander will have the opportunity to enter the M.A.T. on an accelerated track, completing both degrees within a 5-year time span. Prospective applicants interested in this degree path should seek advising as soon as possible.


This program of study provides:

  • Development of skills and sensitivities needed by art and design professionals and scholars
  • conceptual development in art
  • insight into the role of art and design in intellectual and cultural life
  • communication in and about the arts
  • pathway to initial K-12 certification
  • advanced inquiry and study in art education areas of curriculum, methodology, philosophy, and contemporary issues in art education
  • exploration of the relationship between teaching process and creative processes
  • specialized graduate level studio work in studio and art history


Program Highlights:

  • Earn K-12 teacher certification for Art in SC
  • Take advantage of the rising demand for art teachers in SC – Art is a “Critical Needs” area in SC
  • Develop as an artist AND a teacher
  • Take graduate level courses in Art Education, Graduate Art History, and Graduate Art Studio
  • Showcase your original artwork in a final M.A.T. Exhibition
  • Enter the workforce with an advanced salary
  • Learn from the BEST! The greater Greenwood community of art educators is accomplished, encouraging, and close-knit
  • Numerous M.A.T. alumni are SC Art Educators Association award winners