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Middle Grades Education Specialization, MAT

Inspiring Young Adolescents
  • 6-9

    Prepares you to teach students in grades 6-9

  • 2

    Program options: on-campus or online, part-time or full-time

  • 100%

    Teaching job placement

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Field experiences in at least three middle schools

A choice of one or two academic concentrations

Small class sizes and dedicated faculty with middle grades teaching experience

Eligible for loan forgiveness

Flexibility to complete the program in 16 months to five years

I would recommend Watson's MAT program because from the minute that you enroll, you are surrounded by faculty and staff that go above and beyond to support you on your academic journey. All classes you take are purposeful, rigorous and enriching, and will prepare you for a successful career in education.
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Middle Grades Education, MAT Program Overview

University-School Partnerships

WCE brings longstanding partnerships with 12 school districts and 2,000+ teachers in SE North Carolina.

Pathway to Success

Watson graduates have a strong track record of securing jobs and are often highly rated by principals and other employers, with many recognized as leaders in their schools and districts.

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Support Beyond Graduation

The Watson College continues to support new teachers through the First Years of Teaching Support Program, professional development opportunities and on-campus resource libraries. Even after you graduate, we’re here to help you achieve career success and make a meaningful impact on your students.

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Student Opportunities

Cohort Model

WCE’s cohort learning model is designed to provide a strong community of support for graduate students pursuing a teaching degree. Whether you’re on campus or online, you will attend classes together, share field experience opportunities, and build close connections with faculty, teachers in the field and other students pursuing a teaching degree.

Classroom Experience

WCE MAT students participate in field experiences throughout the program, and complete a full-time student teaching internship during the final semester. These applied learning opportunities coupled with rigorous academics result in well-rounded, prepared teachers ready to impact the world around them.

International Study

Through our international study abroad programs, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your horizons and gain a global perspective as you both work and study in schools throughout the world.

Student Organizations

Watson Student Leaders and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education, are just two of the many organizations that give students an opportunity to connect with other pre-service teachers and professionals in the field.