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Jump start your teaching career!

Become a Teaching Fellow!

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 (K-6) or secondary (6-12) education. 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.

Pathways to entry

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

  1. 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.
  2. Early Affiliation: As a benefit to current UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students, Early Affiliation 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 Early Affiliate with the BA/MAT program as early as the second semester of their first undergraduate year. Students approved for Early Affiliation may transfer in to the MAT program up to 12 credits from the specified courses above and beyond the 120 undergraduate credits (minimum) required to graduate.
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Innovative Opportunities

Rigorous academic experiences, experiential education, and individualized learning foster an environment that encourages reflection. Students are empowered to collect and analyze data to make decisions about classroom instruction. Candidates will design and develop an inquiry-based classroom or community-based research project to test their ideas in the real-world.

Real-World Experience

Candidates immediately apply coursework understanding in a local classroom, allowing them to gain invaluable real-world experience. Teaching in diverse communities allows candidates to contend with the challenges of contemporary education and to learn from dedicated life-long educators.

Expert Support

All candidates are provided with a university based supervisor and clinical teacher mentor to provide learning opportunities that build upon subject area expertise. Local classroom and youth-based involvement helps students create and maintain a professional network that will support their growth as a teacher. University faculty and field-based supervisors guide candidates through state and university licensure requirements.

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Program Details

The MAT is available in the following licensure areas:

Successful completion of the MAT program includes:

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 532: Introduction to Development and Learning (3) or *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 an Early Affiliation BA/MAT student.

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 618: 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.

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

English as a Second Language

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How to Apply

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.

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For Current UNC Undergraduate Students - Early Affiliation

Requests for early affiliation are taken each semester. The request form will open on the first day of class each semester.

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

Admissions Requirements

  • All MAT applicants must have (or currently be enrolled in a program leading to) a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Applicants must complete their BA or BS and all prerequisite courses prior to commencing the official MAT program.

Applicants must submit the following application materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official 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
  • In place of official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores, Elementary Education applicants must submit passing scores for the following tests:
    • Pearson General Curriculum test, which consists of two sub-tests:
    • Multi-Subject Subtest
    • Mathematics Subtest
  • Elementary candidates should also plan to take the “Foundations of Reading” exam by the end of the student teaching internship after fall coursework is successfully completed. Additional test information is available at http://www.nc.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Prepare.html
  • In place of official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores, Middle level and Secondary level 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
    • Middle School Mathematics
    • Middle School Science
    • Middle School Social Studies
    • Grade 9-12 English Language Arts Content Knowledge*
    • Grade 9-12 Mathematics Content Knowledge*
    • Grade 9-12 General Science Content Knowledge*
    • Grade 9-12 Social Studies Content Knowledge*
  • * High School candidates should also plan to take the “Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12” exam by the end of the student teaching internship after fall coursework is successfully completed. Additional test information is located at https://www.ets.org/praxis/nc.
  • All applicants will be required to have an interview with program faculty as part of the application process.

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 9, 2018 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)
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra (or equivalent course or successful passing of the math subtest)

Recommended UNC Courses

  • EDUC 532: Learning and Development OR PSYC 250 Child Development (or equivalent)
  • EDUC 567: Children’s Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools

No requirement of an undergraduate major in Science, but must have 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.

No requirement of an undergraduate major in Social Studies, but must have 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.

No requirement of an undergraduate major in English, but must have 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

No requirement of an undergraduate major in Mathematics, but must have 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
    • Calcuclus 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.