Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching: Performing Arts


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in the Performing Arts degree concentrations lead to PreK-12 teacher licensure by the South Carolina State Department of Education. The degree is designed for individuals who possess undergraduate degrees in music, theatre or dance (or an undergraduate degree with equivalent experience and/or training in desired concentration area) who would like 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 PreK-12 music education) and a concentration in theatre (leading to South Carolina certification/licensure in PreK-12 theatreeducation). A concentration in dance (leading to certification/licensure in PreK-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. Graduate coursework is completed in the School of the Arts and the School of Health, Education and Human Performance. The coursework is primarily taught by full-time faculty who hold terminal degrees in their fields.  Students are afforded plentiful opportunities to study and work within the renowned Charleston arts community.

For More Information

Laura Turner
School of the Arts
Program Director

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

Graduate School Office
The Graduate School of the College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001
Phone: 843.953.5614