Foster the talent of the artists of tomorrow as an arts educator. Winthrop University provides K-12 teacher certification in dance, theatre, art, and music, as well as a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program

In the traditional four-year certification program, students will major in the content area (dance, theatre, art, or music) and minor in education. This allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their content area while learning best practices in curriculum development and classroom management through observation and experiential internships in classrooms across York, Lancaster, and Chester counties.


The MAT program prepares individuals seeking to be a classroom teacher through an accelerated program. Students will earn an undergraduate degree in their content area and then earn teacher certification in an accelerated graduate program in their fifth year. Curriculum covers a variety of subjects from professional core courses to courses specific to the graduate candidate’s content area.


As the first teaching college established in South Carolina, Winthrop has a reputation of producing high-quality educators ready to lead a classroom. Our faculty members work closely with students and develop mentorships that last long after graduation


“The best aspect of my overall education at Winthrop was the amount of faculty support that I had during my internships. The music education faculty was very helpful in my growing as a future teacher.” – Class of 2019

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art with K-12 teacher certification
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in dance with K-12 teacher certification
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in theatre with K-12 teacher certification
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) in choral K-12 teacher certification
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) in instrumental K-12 teacher certification
  • band director
  • dance team coach
  • youth theatre director
  • art teacher
  • choral instructor
  • and more

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