Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching: PERFORMING ARTS

Did you know that since 2004 Music, Theatre, Art and Dance have been on the National Teacher Shortage Areas list? That means that there are more jobs available in arts teaching than there are certified arts teachers. Each year the MAT in the Performing Arts Program graduates certified Music and Theatre K12 teachers who have found jobs immediately upon graduation both here and across the country including Boston and LA!

Besides a booming job market here are more reasons why we hope you will join us!

5 Reasons to Apply to the Master of Arts Teaching Performing Arts at the College of Charleston

1.  Your Passion – You possess a passion for music or theatre and a desire to share it through teaching.

2. The College – The history of the College of Charleston has allowed for faculty and staff to establish quality relationships with local county schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester. It has an active graduate student organization and an open and friendly graduate office to assist you throughout your studies.  

3. Program and faculty – The MAT in Performing Arts is a NCATE Accredited program. The faculty working with graduate students in the Departments of Music and Theatre and Dance have years of experience in the classroom and in performance and production. They have merged those skills into an MAT program that will elevate the student as a teacher and a performer.

4. Charleston Arts & Culture – Not only is Charleston home to the international Spoleto Festival USA, but its arts and culture scene year round is filled with events and festivals for music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

5. The City of Charleston – The culture, dining, nightlife and family fun make it a top US city for tourists and residents alike. Historical sites, waterfront parks, beaches and special events throughout the year make it a city rich in activity and Southern charm.


Graduate Certificate: ARTS & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT

The Arts & Cultural Management Graduate Certificate at the College of Charleston meets the needs of individuals seeking a broader education in managing affairs within the arts sector, serving as a stepping stone for strengthening knowledge in arts advocacy on a local, state and federal level.  Arts Management courses also serve as elective options in the MFA Creative Writing and the MPA degree programs.  Students interested in pursuing both a degree and certificate should contact the program directors of those programs.