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Elementary Education (2-6 Certification), M.A.T.

College of Education

Become a certified teacher for grades two through six in just 12 months in this immersive hybrid program designed for career changers.

When you've felt the call to teach and have already earned your bachelor's degree, this hybrid program will have you certified and ready for the classroom within a year. Emerge with the tools and valuable teaching experiences to be a successful elementary educator.

Program Highlights

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    Classroom Experience

    Get immersed in teaching across different school settings while completing your course requirements.

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    Proven Methods

    Learn and practice under the guidance of world-class educators using research-supported teaching approaches.

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    Engage children in inquiry, and practice assessment-driven instruction that focuses on individual student learning.

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    Practice reciprocal relationship building with students, their families and professional colleagues.

What You’ll Study

Your year of learning typically begins with online courses in the summer and moves to in-person learning for the fall and spring semesters. Coursework is designed to help you quickly learn to foster engagement, self-motivation and positive social interaction among young students to create supportive learning environments.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

  • Collaboration

    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Education Administrator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Services

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland School District Two
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Richland School District One
  • Wake County Public School System
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five