Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Performing Arts, M.A.T.


Laura Turner, Program Director
School of the Arts
843.953.6306
turnerl@cofc.edu

https://sota.cofc.edu/graduate-programs/index.php

Mission Statement

The College of Charleston has established a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in the Performing Arts in order to meet a critical need in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The music and theatre concentrations have two integrated purposes: first to prepare candidates to teach music or theatre in PK-12 public school classrooms; and second, to enhance knowledge and skills development and levels of achievement in choral music or theatre beyond the competencies achieved at the undergraduate level. The long range goal of the program is to prepare highly qualified educators with advanced knowledge in the area of General and Choral Music or Theatre which will meet the critical needs for arts educators in South Carolina Schools. Because of the advanced coursework, current teachers of the performing arts will be afforded the opportunity to receive quality professional development in the arts for licensure renewal and career advancement.

Program Description

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 the 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 theatre education). 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 Education. 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.

Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines



Institutional Admissions Requirements


  • A completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $60.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • International applicants should refer to the International Students area within the “Admissions Information”  section of the catalog for information on providing appropriate documentation with the application.

Program Admissions Requirements


Admissions Criteria (for choral music concentration)

Admission to the M.A.T. in the Performing Arts Choral Music Concentration will be granted based on a review of each applicant’s admission materials by a faculty admissions committee. Each application should include the following:

  •  B.S. or B.A. with a concentration in the arts and the successful completion of human growth and development and arranging courses. These courses can be taken at an undergraduate level during the first year of the program. 
  • an essay describing the applicant’s suitability for and desire to pursue the M.A.T. program and a career in education.
  • Professional résumé
  • two letters of recommendation with at least one from a music professional who has knowledge of your work. Letters of recommendation may be waived by the Admissions Committee for applicants who have completed their undergraduate coursework at the College of Charleston
  • an audition/interview demonstrating the applicant’s performing and/or teaching ability in his/her chosen discipline.
  • a 2.750 overall undergraduate GPA, and a 3.000 undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework (demonstrating academic proficiency).
  • Official Core Praxis Score that reflects a passing grade OR the GRE.  The Admissions Committee will consider waivers of the Praxis Core or GRE for students who have already successfully completed 3 credit hours of graduate coursework (excluding professional development courses) with a grade of at least a B average.  Alternately, a minimum undergraduate degree in Music or Theatre with a major GPA of 3.250 and overall GPA of at least a 2.750 can result in a waiver. Please note that the Praxis Core or GRE is required in order to be considered for a CofC graduate fellowship.
  • an audition that includes the requirement for demonstrating the music proficiencies expected of undergraduate music education graduates in their major instrument, voice and functional keyboard.
  • Entrance exams will be administered in two areas: music theory and music history. If a candidate does not meet these proficiencies, conditional admission is possible. The student may be required to take undergraduate coursework to gain the needed competencies. This coursework will not count toward degree completion.
  • Statement of ability to perform essential teaching duties under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicant’s primary language is not English.

Admissions Criteria (for theatre concentration)

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. Each application should include the following:      

  • B.S. or B.A. 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 courses in human growth and development and directing for the stage. These courses can be taken at an undergraduate level during the first year of the program. 
  • an essay describing the applicant’s suitability for and desire to pursue the M.A.T. program and a career in education.  Letters of recommendation may be waived by the Admissions Committee for applicants who have completed their undergraduate coursework at the College of Charleston
  • Professional résumé
  • two letters of recommendation with at least one from a theatre professional who has knowledge of your work with at least one from a theatre professional who has knowledge of your work. Letters of recommendation may be waived by the Admissions Committee for applicants who have completed their undergraduate coursework at the College of Charleston
  • the candidate will present a performance (including two contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a musical theatre song) or a portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s performing/directing/technical, and/or teaching ability.
  • a 2.750 overall undergraduate GPA, and a 3.000 undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework (demonstrating academic proficiency).
  • Official Core Praxis Score that reflects a passing grade OR the GRE.  The Admissions Committee will consider waivers of the Praxis Core or GRE for students who have already successfully completed 3 credit hours of graduate coursework (excluding professional development courses) with a grade of at least a B average.  Alternately, a minimum undergraduate degree in Music or Theatre with a major GPA of 3.250 and overall GPA of at least a 2.750 can result in a waiver. Please note that the Praxis Core or GRE is required in order to be considered for a CofC graduate fellowship.
  • A review of the applicant’s transcript will be conducted by the admission committee to ascertain proficiency levels in: technical theatre, theatre history and basic acting/directing knowledge. If a candidate does not meet these proficiencies, conditional admission is possible. The student may be required to take undergraduate coursework to gain the needed competencies. This coursework will not count toward degree completion.
  • Statement of ability to perform essential teaching duties under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicant’s primary language is not English.

 

Application Deadlines


  • Fall: January 15, priority*; July 1, final
  • Spring: November 1, priority; December 1, final
  • Summer: January 15, priority; April 1, final

*Candidates who submit a completed application by the priority deadline will automatically be considered for Graduate School and/or graduate program funding.

 

Transfer Credit Policy

No program specific guidelines. Please refer to the Graduate School’s transfer credit policy .

 

Program Requirements
Program Learning Outcomes