MAT in Secondary Education

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Education! This one-year program offers an exciting opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Science, History and English who are seeking a secondary teaching license. Housed within the state-of-the-art Education Building, students are trained to develop and apply learned skills to be successful in today's globally competitive, diverse high school classrooms. With the use of research and technology, the MAT program prepares future teachers to create innovative and interactive learning environments meeting the needs of today's high school students. As part of course requirements, students are given the chance to work closely with high school educators who are leading the way with progressive and new educational programs such as small learning communities and early college programs. The MAT in Secondary Education program facilitates the necessary skill building for students to pursue their passion for teaching and become a teacher leader in today's public schools.

You may also be interested in our Secondary Education, Bachelors/Masters Combined Program.


The campus program is a "one full- year" MAT program. Teacher Candidates must enroll full-time and complete the program as an 'interdisciplinary team'. The program offers teacher licensure in high school English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students that successfully complete the program will earn an M-level North Carolina teacher licensure in a secondary content area and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate degree. Program of study, admission requirements and further details have been posted. Please use the links on the left of the webpage to navigate the website. Program Sheet Information >

If applicants have current undergraduate program conflicts (i.e. "I don't graduate until mid-May"), please contact the program coordinator. Together, we can generate solutions to time conflicts. Applications will only be considered if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed without penalty. NOTE: Licensure requirements are adjusted to accommodate new mandated competencies and guidelines.

View videos and testimonials"The UNCW MAT Secondary program changed my life! In three rigorous semesters of course work and field experience teaching in a high school, the program provided me the knowledge and skills towards becoming an educator in the classroom and a leader in the high school system. In less than a year, the cohort program allowed me to earn a Master's Degree and a NC teaching license at the same time. But most importantly, the MAT program gave me the full confidence I needed towards becoming a truly effective teacher of high school students!"
- Howard, MAT in Secondary Education

Student Highlights

View videos and hear what our students have to say about the MAT Secondary Education program!