Master of Arts in Teaching

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that leads its graduates to both an initial teaching license and a Master’s degree in as little as a year and a half (full time).

In the Master of Arts, we expand our knowledge and impact, and we also continue to support teachers’ need to integrate practice with theory as well as to experience today’s culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms. The MAT provides an outstanding teacher preparation program at a reasonable cost.

The MAT program at North Carolina State University follows a hybrid model, including classes that are online, face-to-face off-campus here in Raleigh, and face-to-face on the main university campus.

Please note that the MAT’s focus is on preparation to teach in K-12 schools rather than an advanced credential for practising teachers or a precursor to research-oriented doctoral studies in education.

Elementary Education

The MAT program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that leads its graduates to both an initial teaching license and a master’s degree in as little as a year-and-a-half (full-time).

In the MAT, we expand our knowledge and impact and continue to support teachers’ needs to integrate practice with theory as well as to experience today’s culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms. The MAT provides an outstanding teacher preparation program at a reasonable cost.

The MAT program at North Carolina State University follows a hybrid model, including classes that are online, face-to-face on the main university campus and face-to-face off campus, also here in Raleigh.

Please note that the MAT’s focus is on preparation to teach in K-12 schools rather than an advanced credential for practising teachers or a precursor to research-oriented doctoral studies in education.

Program Description

Graduates from NC State’s MAT Elementary Education program will:

  • Become teachers of quality for all children; they will demonstrate values and dispositions characterized by a sound commitment to social justice, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations of children.
  • Use developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, child-centred pedagogy in teaching young children.
  • Have depth of knowledge in the content areas of the elementary school curriculum, especially in math, science, technology and literacy.
  • Implement research-verified practices in all areas of the elementary education curriculum.
  • Employ proven practices of teaching using appropriate technology tools.
  • Foster sound and productive collaborative relationships with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Make instructional decisions based on sound evidence of student work and meaningful assessments.
  • Become deeply and productively reflective in their own practice of teaching, so that reflection will become a habit of mind.
  • Succeed in a range of high quality, supervised school-based experiences with area partnership schools, including participation in a guided inquiry regarding current practices in elementary education.
  • Contribute to the continuous assessment and improvement of preparing elementary education professionals.
  • Participate in innovative courses, experiences and opportunities that will prepare them for teaching in the twenty-first century.
  • Participate in communities of practice both face-to-face and virtually.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university that holds regional accreditation from a recognized accrediting agency such as SACS
  • 3.00 GPA or higher in prior work, as required by the Graduate School
  • The GRE is no longer required for admission to the Elementary MAT program if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. If your GPA is below 3.0, a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 on GRE is required. Scores should be no older than 5 years prior to the date of admission.
  • The minimum passing score of 100 on the TOEFL AND an official course-by-course evaluation from an accredited foreign credential evaluation service required for applicants with non-U.S. degrees*
  • Meet the specific requirements of the content area or grade level. See speciality coursework under curriculum for content standards.

MAT in Elementary Education is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree with the following 24 semester hours in the core content areas:

  • Mathematics: 6 credit hours
  • Science: 6 credit hours, one with a lab
  • Literature: 3 credits
  • Sociology or Anthropology: 3 credits
  • American History: 3 credits
  • Additional Relevant Course Work: 3 credits

In the absence of a content degree, 24 semester hours/credits in content relevant to the area in which you wish to teach are needed. Candidates who are missing content area courses can take them at a local college or university or as a PBS (post-baccalaureate student) at NC State prior to admission.

Science

The MAT program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that leads its graduates to both an initial teaching license and a master’s degree in as little as a year-and-a-half (full-time).

In the MAT, we expand our knowledge and impact and continue to support teachers’ needs to integrate practice with theory as well as to experience today’s culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms. The MAT provides an outstanding teacher preparation program at a reasonable cost.

The MAT program at North Carolina State University follows a hybrid model, including classes that are online, face-to-face on the main university campus and face-to-face off campus, also here in Raleigh.

Please note that the MAT’s focus is on preparation to teach in K-12 schools rather than an advanced credential for practising teachers or a precursor to research-oriented doctoral studies in education.

Program Description

Our MAT in Science program prepares science teachers for grades 9-12 by building off a candidate’s strong background in the laboratory sciences. Coursework and field experiences focus on developing strong pedagogical content knowledge as it relates specifically to teaching high school science.

Our program is strong in the use of technology as candidates develop expertise with hand-held and computer-based technologies used for learning and teaching science. Candidates are expected to engage as scholars to synthesize research literature on learning and teaching science and use scientific inquiry methods in their planning, instruction and assessment of students.

In North Carolina, science teachers are licensed comprehensively, meaning that any licensed science teacher can teach any science course a school offers. In practice, teachers generally specialize in the life sciences or chemistry, or the physical sciences or earth/environmental sciences, but preparation for a license includes significant experiences in multiple fields of science. Having a broad-based knowledge of the sciences also give the teacher the opportunity to see and share with students the natural interdependence of the sciences.

The semester after you have completed a minimum of 15 hours you must complete the following to continue in the program:

  • Keep a minimum average of 3.0 in all course work.
  • Criminal Background Check