There are three major steps in the process of degree attainment for the MAT degree program: admission to M.A.T program, admission to Clinical Practice, and Program Completion. Students seeking admission to the M.A.T. must hold a B.F.A. degree, be in the process of completing a Lander B.F.A degree, or have earned at least 30 credit hours of advanced undergraduate level studio coursework with their undergraduate degree.


1. Admission to the MAT Program

Current Lander BFA students may be formally admitted to the MAT portion of the degree program as early as their senior year of study. Students wishing to begin this program in their senior year must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must have passing scores on PRAXIS II content area test. Students who have already earned their BFA at Lander or another institution may apply for the MAT program, but must complete the following undergraduate courses as a part of their MAT curriculum:

EDUC 223: General Pedagogy EDUC 203: Field Experience I

SPED 223: Pre K – 12 Students with Diverse Learning Needs EDUC 300 or EDUC 320: Reading and Writing in the Content Area

Students must meet minimum progress requirements at each level.


2. Admission to Clinical Practice

Admission to Clinical Practice requires:

  1. Application to the South Carolina Department of Education for certification which requires fingerprint and background check approval;
  2. Application to the Department of Teacher Education for admission to Clinical Practice;
  3. Acceptance during the semester prior to the student teaching experience;
  4. Completion of specified courses in the MAT program of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Two grades of “C” in any graduate courses preclude continuation in the program. Any grade lower than a “C” must be replaced by retaking the course with a grade of “B” or better before advancing to the next course in the program of studies. Failure to earn a replacement grade of “B” or better means discontinuation in the program
  5. Completion of 100 hours of field experience including a two-week placement at a single site;
  6. Favorable recommendation by the MAT Art Education Faculty and by the Dean of the College of Education; and
  7. Passing scores on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Tests required for certification in art by the south Carolina Department of Education. It should be noted that a candidate must pass the PRAXIS II before obtaining state certification.


3. Program Completion

To complete requirements for the MAT degree program, teacher candidates must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate work, successfully complete student teaching, and demonstrate competence with the four learner outcomes of the unit’s conceptual framework as evidenced by observed teaching and compilation of a Professional Education Portfolio. BFA/MAT


Program completion requirements include:

  • BFA/MAT Final Exhibition
  • Successful presentation and summative defense evaluated by professionals in the fields of art, art education and education.
  • All coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching must be completed within a period of 6 years.