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Jump start your teaching career!

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at UNC-Chapel Hill is designed to prepare candidates for an initial North Carolina teaching license in elementary education (K-6), secondary education (6-12), or special education (K-12). The year-long program includes coursework and a two-semester residency in a public school setting with an experienced classroom teacher. The new MAT model replaces the School's undergraduate programs in elementary and middle grades education.

Pre-service teacher candidates learn to serve and challenge today's diverse student populations through a variety of contexts, including:

  • Rigorous academic experiences;
  • Sustained involvement in local educational and youth-based settings;
  • Signature experiential education opportunities;
  • Educational research experiences; and
  • Opportunities to earn a specialty license beyond the primary content area.

MAT Orientation

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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Program Details

The MAT is available in the following licensure areas:

Program of Studies

Click on a track below to see the full Program of Study.

Summer I (early June to early July)
  • *EDUC 615: Schools and Community Collaboration (3)
  • *EDUC 614: Innovative and Engaging Teaching (3)
Summer II (early July to early August)
  • *EDUC 628 Teaching English Language Learners (3)
  • *EDUC 616: Teaching Early English Language Arts, K-2 (3)
Fall Semester
  • EDUC 685: Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Grades (3)
  • EDUC 686: Teaching Science in the Elementary Grades (3)
  • EDUC 687: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Grades (3)
  • EDUC 688: Teaching Intermediate English Language Arts, Grades 3-6 (3).
  • EDUC 693: Internship and Special Topics Seminar (2)
Winter-Spring Semester
  • EDUC 689: Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • EDUC 746: Student Teaching Internship and Special Topics Seminar (9)
Final summer
  • EDMX 708: Teacher Researcher I (2) (includes option to study abroad for additional cost)

* Courses open to students enrolled as undergraduate students at UNC who have been admitted to the MAT program as a Pre-MAT student. Students must earn a grade of B or high to transfer these credits into the MAT program; credits must be above and beyond the 120 undergraduate credits (minimum) required to graduate.

Summer I (Mid-June to Mid-July)
  • *EDUC 615: Schools and Community Collaboration (3)
  • *EDUC 614: Innovative and Engaging Teaching (3)
Summer II (Mid-July to Mid-August)
  • *EDUC 532: Introduction to Development and Learning (3)
  • *EDUC 628: Teaching English Language Learners (3)
Fall Semester
  • EDUC 693: Internship and Special Topics Seminar (2)
  • EDUC 689: Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • EDUC 617: Teaching in the Middle School (3)
  • EDUC 755: Classroom Assessment (3)
  • EDUC 760: Advanced Methods for Teaching Secondary Subjects (STEM or Humanities) (3)
Winter-Spring Semester
  • EDUC 746: Student Teaching Internship and Special Topics Seminar (9)
  • EDUC 747: Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary Subjects (3)
    (Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or English Language Arts)
Final summer
  • EDMX 708: Teacher Researcher I (2) (includes option to study abroad for additional cost)

* Courses open to students enrolled as undergraduate students at UNC who have been admitted to the MAT program as a Pre-MAT student. Students must earn a grade of B or high to transfer these credits into the MAT program; credits must be above and beyond the 120 undergraduate credits (minimum) required to graduate.

Summer I (early June to early July)
  • *EDUC 615: Schools and Community Collaboration (3)
  • *EDUC 614: Innovative and Engaging Teaching (3)
Summer II (early July to early August)
  • *EDUC 628 Teaching English Language Learners (3)
  • EDMX: 782 Behavioral Support Methods (3)
Fall Semester
  • EDUC XXX: High Leverage Practices in Special Education - General Curriculum, Literacy (3)
  • EDUC XXX: Specially Designed Instruction for Literacy and Mathematics (3)
  • EDUC 689: Foundations in Special Education (3)
  • EDUC 693: Internship and Special Topics Seminar (2)
  • EDUC 744/790: Assessment (3)
Winter-Spring Semester
  • EDUC XXX: High Leverage Practices in Special Education - General Curriculum, Mathematics (3)
  • EDUC 746: Student Teaching (9)
Maymester
  • EDMX 708: Teacher Researcher I (2) (includes option to study abroad for additional cost)

* Courses open to students enrolled as undergraduate students at UNC who have been admitted to the MAT program as a Pre-MAT student. Students must earn a grade of B or high to transfer these credits into the MAT program; credits must be above and beyond the 120 undergraduate credits (minimum) required to graduate.

Specializations

Students may choose to pursue an add-on license in a specialty area in addition to their primary content area. The following specialty licenses are available:

Special Education
Available to Elementary and Secondary Candidates only

English as a Second Language

Program Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the MAT program includes:

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Admissions

Applications for the MAT program are open to individuals who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or who are currently en route to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree before they begin the MAT program. Applications open the first day of each fall semester and are due each February.

Summer I 2019 MAT Deadline

February 12, 2019
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Attend an Info Session!

MAT Online Information Session

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Click here to register.

Pathways to entry

The MAT program has two possible entry points for interested candidates:

  1. Pre-MAT: As a benefit to current UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students, Pre-MAT with the MAT program is a popular option which allows undergraduates access to specific graduate level MAT courses (EDUC 532, 614, 615, 616, and 628). UNC students may enroll in Pre-MAT as early as the second semester of their first undergraduate year. Students approved for Pre-MAT may transfer in to the MAT program up to 12 credits when they earn a B or better in the specified courses above and beyond the 120 undergraduate credits (minimum) required to graduate.
  2. Post-Bachelor's: This route is for individuals who have earned a Bachelor's degree (or who are in their final year of obtaining a Bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution.

For Current UNC Undergraduate Students - Pre-MAT

Requests for pre-MAT enrollment are taken on a rolling basis and will be reviewed monthly.

You should only request to enroll if you will still be an undergraduate student in the following school year.

Click here to request Pre-MAT

Click here for more information about Pre-MAT enrollment.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following application materials:
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended.
    Must be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. If below a 3.0, please provide justification for consideration of admission in your statement of purpose.
  • Statement of Purpose (500-750 words)
  • Resume
Interview

All applicants will be required to have an interview with program faculty as part of the application process.

Applicants must pass tests appropriate to their indended strand:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores are NOT required.

For Elementary Education and Special Education:

Applicants must submit passing scores for the following tests:

  • Pearson General Curriculum test, which consists of two sub-tests:
  • Multi-Subject Subtest (#103)
  • Mathematics Subtest (#203)
For Middle and Secondary Education

Applicants must submit passing scores on the Praxis II content exam for the content area in which they are applying.

  • Students in the MAT may be licensed for Middle and Secondary. For admissions requirements applicants should apply for and follow the testing requirements for the grade level (6-8 or 9-12) that they want to student teach in.
  • Middle School English Language Arts (#5047)
  • Middle School Mathematics (#5169)
  • Middle School Science (#5440)
  • Middle School Social Studies (#5089)
  • Grade 9-12 English Language Arts Content Knowledge (#5038)
  • Grade 9-12 Mathematics Content Knowledge (#5161)
  • Grade 9-12 General Science Content Knowledge (#5435)
  • Grade 9-12 Social Studies Content Knowledge (#5081)
Additional Requirements

All materials must be received by the application deadline.

Accepted applicants who choose to accept their offer of admission to the MAT must secure their position by:

  1. paying their deposit by the deadline specified in the notification letter and
  2. attend a mandatory MAT Orientation Session on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 where important information pertaining to fieldwork placement assignments and related paperwork will be discussed. An alternate orientation option will be made available for those who cannot attend.

Prerequisite Course Information

The following content areas have specific undergraduate course requirements for admissions. Transcript must indicate content course grades of “C” or higher and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Click on the content area for details about course requirements.

Required Courses

  • LING 101: Introduction to Linguistics (or equivalent)
  • EDUC 532: Learning and Development or PSYC 250 Child Development (or approved equivalent)

Highly Recommended UNC Courses

  • EDUC 567: Children’s Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra

Bachelor's degree in related content area or 24 hours of approved content consisting of three (3) student credit hours from each of the following categories. Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • Biology
    • Ecology
    • Botany
    • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Sciences
    • Geology
    • Earth Science
  • General Sciences
    • Astronomy
    • Physical Geography
    • Genetics
    • Anatomy and Physiology

*An additional nine (9) student credit hours may be earned across these five categories to complete the 24 hours.

Bachelor's degree in related content area or 24 hours of approved content consisting of three to six (3-6) student credit hours from each of the following categories (as indicated below). Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • US History
    • Survey of US History
    • US History Since 1945
  • World History
    • World Civilizations
    • World Regional History courses, such as Asia, Africa, etc.
  • U.S. Government and Civics
    • Minority Politics
    • American Politics
  • Geography
    • World Regional Geography
    • Physical Geography
  • General Social Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

*An additional nine (9) student credit hours may be earned across these five categories to complete the 24 hours.

Bachelor's degree in English or 30 hours of approved content consisting of three to six (3-6) student credit hours from each of the following categories (as indicated below). Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • British Literature (Medieval) Chaucer-Pope (3 credit hours required)
  • British Literature (Romantic) Wordsworth-Eliot (3 credit hours required)
  • Shakespeare (3 credit hours required)
  • Pre-1660 Literature (minimum 3 credit hours required)
    • Renaissance Drama
    • Literature of the Early or Late Renaissance
    • Renaissance Women Writers
    • Milton
    • Old English Literature
    • Renaissance Authors
  • 1660-1900 (6 credit hours required)
    • 18th century literature, drama or fiction
    • Irish writing 1800-2000
    • English Romantic Period
    • American Literature pre-1860 or 1860-1900
    • The American Novel
    • Southern American Literature or Southern Women Writers
  • Post 1900 (3 credits required)
    • The Western
    • American Poetry
    • Introduction to Latino/a Studies
    • Jewish American Literature
    • Contemporary NC Literature

*An additional nine (9) Student Credit Hours may be earned across these categories to complete the 30 student credit hours required for the MAT program. Undergraduate majors in English may include 30 or more required credit hours.

Recommended UNC Courses—for BA/MAT or HDFS majors interested in 6-12 English MAT
  • ENGL 313 Grammar of Current English (or equivalent)
  • ENGL 314 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 368 African American Literature, 1930-1970 OR ENGL 369 African American Literature 1970-present
  • ENGL 373 Southern American Literature
  • ENGL 374 Southern Women Writers OR ENGL 446 American Women Authors

Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or 24 hours of approved content consisting of three (3) student credit hours from each of the following categories. Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • Concepts in Algebra and Geometry
    • Linear Algebra
    • Abstract Algebra
    • Real Numbers and Algebra
  • Discrete Math
    • Computational Discrete Math
    • Discrete Structures
  • Calculus of Functions of One Variable I & II
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Calculus III
    • Advanced Calculus
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • Stat I
    • Biostatistics
    • Probability
  • Geometry
    • Euclidian and Non-Euclidian Geometry
    • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
    • Computational Geometry

*An additional nine (9) student credit hours may be earned across these five categories to complete the 24 hours.