Some MAT Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What subject areas and grade levels does the Secondary MAT program include?
    The MAT is offered in Math, English, History, and Science. It provides a graduate degree with North Carolina teacher licensure for grades 9-12.
  2. I have a degree in sociology or political science. Is the MAT program appropriate?
    The program is most suited to those with an undergraduate degree in History. Students are required to complete all required undergraduate courses to be recommended for teacher licensure in the social studies, including undergraduate History. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. However, students who have a strong background in History and other relevant experiences should apply.
  3. I have a degree in one of the science areas. What does it take to teach the area of science?
    Students have to complete all required undergraduate courses for a teaching license in the area of science to be recommended for teacher licensure. We require that MAT students complete the broader area of science. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. The program information lists the requirements for 3 hours in graduate science or science education for the MAT.
  4. I have a degree in journalism but want to teach English. What does it take to teach English?
    The program is most suited to those with an undergraduate degree in English. Students have to complete all required English undergraduate courses, or an equivalent course at the graduate level, to be recommended for teacher licensure. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. For the MAT, 3 graduate hours in English are required.
  5. I would like to teach math but don't have a degree in math. What are the requirements?
    The MAT program is most suited to those with an undergraduate degree in Math. Students have to complete all required Math undergraduate courses to be recommended for teacher licensure. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. For the MAT, 3 graduate hours in mathematics are required. However, students who have a strong background in Math and other relevant experiences should have their transcripts reviewed to determine if they are close enough to a math major equivalent to apply.
  6. What are the admissions requirements and how do I apply?
    Check the online requirements for admissions http://www.uncw.edu/ed/itfse/mat/admissions.html
    Complete the online application at the UNCW graduate school website.
  7. Do I need to have teaching experience to be admitted?
    We strongly recommend applicants to have recent experience working with high school students prior to enrollment in the program. This can be substitute teaching or other work that has the applicant in regular high school settings. For those who lack that experience, we ask them to arrange a minimum of three visits to an area high school and to assist the teacher of their content (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies) in a minimum of three mini-lessons. Access to schools is sometimes difficult with security clearances, etc. so we encourage applicants to begin this early in the semester as they are making application. For questions about options for fulfilling this requirement, or for students who experience any difficulties in gaining access to a high school, please contact the MAT Initial Contact person.
  8. Are tests required for admissions?
    The MAT/GRE requirement is currently in the process of removal so a waiver form can be submitted in place of this requirement, which will need to be signed by the program coordinator.
    • Test waiver form (http://uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions/formsdocs/testscore.pdf)
    • Applicants may have official scores from the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as well as Scores for the PRAXIS II Content Area Exam. It is highly recommended that you take the PRAXIS II Content Area Exam prior to enrollment in the program.
  9. How long will the program take to complete? When can I begin the program?
    We have two programs available.
    MAT candidates are required to enroll full-time and complete the program as an interdisciplinary cohort. The program begins each May, Summer session I, with coursework and extensive high school field experiences in Fall and Spring semesters. The program offers teacher education licensure in high school English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Program completers may earn both North Carolina teacher licensure in a secondary content area and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education degree..
  10. I am a lateral entry teacher. Can I enroll in the MAT program?
    The current MAT program is not suited for lateral entry teachers. Program faculty are working on designing a licensure program for lateral entry teachers.
  11. I may not end up teaching in North Carolina. What will that mean for my teaching licensure?
    It is important early on to contact the state you intend to move to see how the North Carolina license transfers to that state. Go to the web page of the state department of education you may be relocating to. Also, you may want to view he information on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to see which states NC has reciprocity http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/faq/#outofstate
  12. How can I find out more information? What are my next steps?
    For initial contact information, please email MAT Initial Contact person. For specific discipline related questions, refer to the appropriate faculty member listed under Faculty and Staff on the MAT web page.