MAT Admission Requirements

Admissions Process

Content advisors carefully review transcripts to make sure applicants have a major in one of the teaching licensure content areas or a related field and a GPA of at least 2.7 in the content area. Applicants who want to teach and do not have an undergraduate degree in one of the areas in which we offer licensure (i.e., Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science) must meet with a content advisor. Advisors identify required coursework for admission based on the candidate’s transcripts and what is taught in North Carolina high schools. See Faculty & Staff link on the MAT Secondary Education website for advisor contact information.

Applicant Coursework Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission
    http://www.uncw.edu/gradschool/
    Deadline and Requirement Chart
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). An undergraduate grade average of “B” or better is required.
  3. Official scores on the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Exam
    • Miller Analogies Test (www.milleranalogies.com)
    • Graduate Record Exam (http://www.ets.org/gre/)
    • UNCW Testing Service (http://www.uncw.edu/stuaff/testing/programs.htm)
  4. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields
  5. A letter of interest that describes their commitment to the teaching profession, recent experience working with teenagers, and their philosophy of teaching and learning – see below for fuller description and explanation

The letter of interest should include statements about the applicant’s professional goals and experience in secondary education or related settings. To ensure that candidates for the M.A.T. degree are aware of all of the expectations for high school teachers, applicants must have recent experiences in secondary education or related settings.  Appropriate experiences may include substitute teaching, lateral entry employment, tutoring, and volunteering at informal educational settings (e.g., Museums, Aquariums, Boys/Girls Scouts, etc.). For those candidates who lack related experiences teaching adolescents, it is recommended that the applicant visit an area high school and offer to observe/assist a teacher of their content (Mathematics, Science, English, Social Studies) in some capacity.  It would be advisable to include a short reflection on these experiences in the application letter of interest.

Final selection is based upon consideration of academic record, Miller Analogy or GRE test scores, letter of application, and three recommendations. An interview with a committee of Watson College of Education faculty and public school personnel may be required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Applicants, please be aware:  There are two applicant deadlines for the MAT program on campus.  While October 15th (Fall semester) applicants will be admitted as Spring semester candidates, these students will be advised to only take content area requirements (i.e. graduate content courses) during the first Spring semester. All candidates will begin the pedagogical graduate coursework with the cohort model the following Summer I Semester.

Students who seek professional improvement or licensure renewal but do not intend to pursue a degree may register for graduate courses through procedures established for non–degree students.

NOTE: Licensure requirements changes are adjusted to accommodate new mandated competencies and guidelines.

Praxis II Testing Requirements

Candidates need passing scores on the Praxis II exams to be recommended for a continuing teaching certification. We recommend applicants take the Licensure Area Content tests prior to enrollment in the MAT program (see http://www.uncw.edu/ed/advising/praxis.html). Registration information, test administration dates, and test locations are available at www.ets.org/praxis/
Test codes beginning with “5” indicate computer delivery tests. All tests scored on a 100-200 point scale

Table 1 –Testing Requirements

Licensure Area & Code Required Praxis II Test  - Names & Codes SBE Approved Qualifying Score
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)* 167
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-Screen graphing calculator provided ) (5161) *160
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624)  *157
Science (Comprehensive) General Science: Content Knowledge (0435/5435) 151
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge (0235/5235) 150
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (0245/5245) 152
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Earth Science (Secondary)   Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (0571/5571) 136
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Physics (Secondary Physics: Content Knowledge (0265/5265 ) 133
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Social Studies
Anthropology
Economics
Geography
History
Political Science
Sociology
Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081/5081) 158
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157

To ensure that candidates for the M.A.T. degree are aware of all of the expectations for high school teachers, applicants must have recent experiences in secondary education or related settings.  Appropriate experiences may include substitute teaching, lateral entry employment, tutoring, and volunteering at informal educational settings (Museums, Aquariums, Boys/Girls Scouts, etc.). For those candidates who lack related experiences teaching adolescents, it is highly recommended that the applicant visit an area high school and offer to observe/assist a teacher of their content (Math, Science, English, Social Studies) in some capacity.  It would be advisable to include a short reflection on these experiences in the application letter of interest.
Final selection is based upon consideration of academic record, Miller Analogy or GRE test scores, passing Praxis II score, letter of application, and three recommendations. An interview with a committee of Watson College of Education faculty and public school personnel may be required.

 

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