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Master of Arts in Teaching


Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree prepares you for the K-6 classroom. Regardless of your undergraduate major, you can earn your M.A.T. degree in a little over two years by taking two online classes each semester. 

What Is Required?

The degree requires 36 hours of coursework that prepares you to be licensed in the state of North Carolina as a 21st century educator. You combine what you learn in the classroom with practical experience throughout the program. Visits to accredited public schools during your first three semesters enable you to put theory into practice. You can apply for initial certification (“A”) in North Carolina after you successfully complete the first three semesters of classes, successfully student teach, and pass North Carolina licensure tests.  

Once you have successfully completed all requirements for the initial license, you may continue to work toward the next level of mastery. To do this, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for your first four semesters of work. Upon completion of the second part of the program, successful candidates are eligible to sit for advanced licensure (“M”) in North Carolina.


  • Education 500 – Clinical Field Experiences in Schools (a,b,c)
  • Education 501 – Foundations of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
  • Education 502 – Literacy in the 21st Century
  • Education 531 – Research in Educational Trends, Issues, and Best Practices
  • Education 532 – Curriculum Decision-Making
  • Education 535 – Action Research
  • Education 540 – Communication within the Language Arts Curriculum
  • Education 542 – Teaching Problem-Solving and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Education 544 – Teaching Inquiry, Scientific Literacy, and Healthful Living
  • Education 546 – Teaching Global Social Studies and Humanities
  • Education 552 – Assessment and Instructional Intervention
  • Education 560 – Developing and Demonstrating Teacher Leadership
  • Education 595 – Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • Education 597 – Program Portfolio

Total: 36 Semester Hours 


Mayra Rosales
(704) 233-8017