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About the Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Performing Arts - Theatre concentration leads to PreK-12 teacher licensure by the South Carolina State Department of Education. The degree is designed for individuals who possess an undergraduate degree in Theatre (or an undergraduate degree with equivalent experience and/or training with courses in technical theatre, theatre history and performance) and who desire to teach in public schools.

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.

Degree Seeking Admission Requirements:

Admission to the M.A.T. in the Performing Arts Theatre Concentration will be granted based on a review of each applicant’s admission materials by a Faculty Admissions Committee consisting of the program director and two professors from the School of the Arts and/or School of Education. Each application should include the following:

  • a fully completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
  • an official college transcript from an accredited institution documenting the completion of a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in Theatre (or English with courses in technical theatre, theatre history and performance and/or experiential knowledge) and the successful completion of Human Growth and Development and Directing for the Stage courses.
  • an applicant essay describing the applicant’s suitability for and desire to pursue the M.A.T. program and a career in education
  • two letters of recommendation (At least one from a theatre professional who has knowledge of your work)
  • an interview AND performance OR portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s performing, and/or technical, and/or teaching ability. In the interview with the admission committee, the candidate will be asked questions concerning their basic understanding of acting terms, character creation and script analysis. The candidate will also be asked to prepare a written production concept based on a play assigned by the committee. The candidate will be given guidelines to prepare their production concept, which will be discussed in the interview.
  • the candidate will present a performance (2 contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a musical theatre song) OR a portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s performing/directing and/or technical, and/or teaching ability.
  • a 2.60 overall undergraduate GPA, and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework (demonstrating academic proficiency)
  • a statement of disclosure concerning all prior convictions including felonies and misdemeanors
  • an official copy of test scores of the Graduate Record Examination which include the verbal, analytical and writing assessments

In addition to the special audition requirements, entrance exams will be administered in three areas to ascertain proficiency levels in: technical theatre, theatre history and basic acting/directing knowledge. Results of these additional audition requirements and entrance exams will be reviewed by an admissions committee consisting of the program director and the chair of the theatre department. At least two of the three committee members will be theatre unit faculty. If a candidate does not meet these proficiencies, conditional admission is possible, and the candidate will be required to take undergraduate coursework to gain needed competencies prior to full-time admittance into the program.  This coursework will not count towards completion of the MAT degree.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1