Master of Arts In Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program (Elementary Focus) is designed for students that already hold a bachelor's degree, but have little or no background in education. Successful completion of the program will lead to NC Elementary Education certification (K-6) and prepare educators to teach as elementary classroom teachers. (Program Information) (Student Learning Outcomes

For more information, contact:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Crawford

Field placements are required during each semester of the program. Students that work full-time during school hours will need to adjust their schedules accordingly. During the final semester, students will be required to complete a full-time Internship in an elementary school setting. The Internship will require students to be in the classroom each day from 7:30 - 3:00, at a minimum. Outside employment during the internship is not advised.

Please see the Graduate School for further information regarding application dates for the MAT Program.**

Specialization Objectives

Upon completion of the graduate MAT in Elementary Education, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of Elementary Education
  • Demonstrate well-articulated theoretical beliefs and pedagogical practices relevant to K-6 classroom/school communities
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with colleagues, administrators, and families
  • Design, implement, and assess effective instruction, with particular emphasis on integrated curriculum, creative and innovative teaching methodologies, and active learning strategies
  • Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students
  • Effectively utilize technology to enhance the academic achievement of elementary learners
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills within the school environment and beyond

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed before graduate study begins.
  • Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended.
  • Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
  • A letter of interest describing your interest in pursuing teaching as a profession, why you consider yourself a strong candidate for the program, and your commitment to working with children.

Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

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