Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T.

The new Combined Bachelor's/Master's in Teaching

The school has designed a new program that will enable students to coordinate completion of their Bachelor’s degree together with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Licensure Areas:

  • K-6 Elementary
  • 6-12 Licensure Areas allow Middle Grades Licensure, Secondary Licensure or both
    • 6-12 Science
    • 6-12 Mathematics
    • 9-12 Social Studies
    • 9-12 English

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Program Description


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program prepares students for initial licensure to teach in the following content areas:

  • Grades 6-9, 9-12: Mathematics and Science
  • Grades 9-12: English and Social Studies

Alumni of the program are making a difference in schools and classrooms and in the lives of young people. Our M.A.T. program aims to be one of the best in the nation. Our students are top-notch, choosing to come to teaching rather than pursue other careers. Our faculty includes nationally noted educators and scholars in their respective fields. Our strengths include not only the academic and professional quality of our program but also the community spirit that is part of being a University of North Carolina Tar Heel.

The curriculum includes a year of course work and field experiences that begin in the fall and end mid-June. Students must be full-time and complete the program in sequence. Currently, the program of study is 33 graduate credits. The courses and field experiences are traditionally labeled as study of methods and foundations that are accompanied by experiences in the schools. In the spring semester, the practice element of the program is a thirteen-week, full-time internship in a classroom under the supervision of both university and school-based mentors.

Strands of the curriculum are woven throughout these courses and field experiences, some are tied to specific courses, others are found throughout.

The curriculum strands or topics, which meet both the initial and advanced Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards of the state of North Carolina, are:

  1. Teaching
  2. Subject content
  3. Learning and learners
  4. Contexts of schooling
  5. Research (across the teacher education curriculum)
  6. Leadership (particularly with a disciplinary focus at the school level)

Successful completion of the M.A.T. program includes: Passing the Praxis II content and pedagogy exams, passing score on the edTPA portfolio, as well as advanced course work.

Program Contacts

Denise Mousa, Program Assistant
(919) 962-7232