The School of Education offers several graduate degree programs as listed below. Please follow the links on the left to view details of each program.
Master of Arts in Teaching & Master of Arts Programs:
The objectives of the undergraduate education programs apply to candidates seeking initial
certification at the master’s level. Additionally, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
and Master of Arts (M.A.) programs at Piedmont College continue to provide the graduate
candidate knowledge in the social and educational development of students. Through an
individualized program of study based on the candidate’s undergraduate program, experience,
and professional goals, the programs seek to:
• provide the candidate with the ability to communicate and teach effectively using
an interdisciplinary knowledge base and understanding of multidimensional
• use and facilitate critical thinking skills;
• enhance candidates’ content knowledge, integrating it with instructional technology;
• enable candidates to interpret and assess educational research, and conduct their
own classroom-based research; and
• provide experiences that enable candidates to assume roles as proactive, reflective,
and scholarly practitioners and develop their skills and abilities as professional
Candidates seeking initial certification in education fields will pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.
Students who hold a teaching certificate are eligible to pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.
The goal of the Specialist Program in Curriculum and Instruction is to develop distinguished
contributing teachers as leaders, mentors, and models across schools and systems. The
primary purpose of schooling is instruction; therefore, all teachers, staff and administrators
must focus through habits of mind on the ultimate goal of providing students with the best
and most appropriate education possible through continuous school improvement. Regular
classroom teachers, teachers in specialty areas, lead teachers, department heads, building
level administrators, as well as staff and administrators at the district levels need to view
themselves as instructional leaders and through proactive, scholarly and reflective professional
and pedagogical development provide teaching and learning expertise and leadership
to students and peers both formally and informally.
The Specialist Program in Curriculum and Instruction offers components that address
the qualities necessary for distinguished teaching and leadership. The program provides
a rigorous and scholarly pragmatic approach that meets the needs of candidates in various
geographic and educational contexts.
The Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) is consistent with the goals in all graduate programs at
Piedmont College. It is designed to develop eminent leaders in the field of education. The
primary focus of the Ed.D. program is to facilitate transformational change of individuals and
schools by preparing teacher leaders, other school professionals, and school administrators
for the challenges of our rapidly changing world. The program will also serve to prepare
educators for various roles in college and university teaching and in research and leadership
positions in other educational institutions. Additionally, the doctoral program allows
candidates to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base of theoretical and pedagogical
issues relating to teaching and learning through adding new knowledge about their fields.
Candidates for the Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction are expected to engage in
independent learning throughout their program. Research toward, and the ultimate completion
of, the doctoral dissertation are primary examples of independent learning. Independent
learning is a key component in many courses in which the aim is the development of
analytical skills and critical thinking. Developing the ability to think independently leads
to strengthened learning communities.