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
Dr. Tracy Hargrove

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. Please see the UNCW Graduate Catalog for additional information.