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Master of Arts in Teaching – Music

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree program is offered to students who have completed a bachelor's degree in music and who wish to obtain a teaching license and certificate. This cohort program begins each June and is a 14-month full-time program of study including graduate level music and music education study and additional professional education licensure coursework in the Spadoni College of Education. Successful completion of all requirements in the M.A.T. – Music degree program leads to Pre-K–12 licensure in music education.

Students completing the entire five-year program at Coastal Carolina University earn the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Music in the Teacher Preparation track and the M.A.T. – Music degree to complete professional education requirements. Application is made to the Spadoni College of Education during the final semester of the B.A. degree program. 

Baccalaureate students in the Teacher Preparation track elect to work toward licensure in either instrumental/general or vocal/general music. The B.A. curriculum includes a liberal arts core, a strong music performance emphasis, and a solid foundation in music literature, theory, ear-training, conducting and music methods courses. M.A.T. coursework includes graduate courses in educational psychology, assessment, and internships (student teaching) during the final spring semester. A limited number of competitive graduate assistantships are available through the Spadoni College of Education.

Admission to Program
Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program must meet the admissions criteria of Graduate Studies and the Spadoni College of Education. In order to be eligible for admission to the M.A.T. – Music program, students must have earned a bachelor's degree in music from Coastal Carolina University or an accredited institution. Applicants who have not completed the B.A. in Music/Teacher Preparation Track at CCU, will be required to complete prerequisite undergraduate coursework in order to make application to the M.A.T. – Music program. An audition is required for acceptance into the M.A.T. program. This requirement may be satisfied by the successful completion of a 400-level senior recital.

Outside candidates, or candidates who have not successfully completed a 400-level senior recital, must schedule an audition.