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The dual Bachelor's-Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at UNC Chapel Hill is designed to prepare candidates for an initial teaching license in North Carolina and includes a year-long residency in a public school setting.

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;
  • Educational research experiences; and
  • Opportunities to earn a specialty license beyond the primary content area.

The new Bachelor's/Master's model replaces the School's undergraduate programs in child development and family studies, elementary education, and middle grades education.

Innovative Opportunities

Rigorous academic experiences and individualized learning foster an environment that encourages reflection. Students are empowered to collect and analyze data to make decisions about classroom instruction. Design and develop an inquiry-based classroom or community-based research project to test your ideas in the real-world!

Real-World Experience

Candidates immediately apply their newly acquired teaching skills 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 mentor teacher and with 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.

Program Details

The Bachelor's/Master's (MAT) is available in the following licensure areas:

There will be opportunities for students to add specialty licenses (e.g. Special Education, Pre-Kindergarten, ESL) with additional coursework.

Successful completion of the M.A.T. program includes:

Program of Studies

For students entering 2017 and later.

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

Required Prerequisite Courses
  • LING 101: Introduction to Language
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra
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 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
  • EDUC 630: Teacher Research and Leadership (2)

* Courses open to students enrolled as undergraduate students at UNC who have been admitted to the MAT program.

Required Prerequisite Courses for Middle Grades Math:
  • MATH 411: Developing Mathematical Concepts
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra
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) or Elective (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
  • EDUC 630: Teacher Research and Leadership (2)

* Courses open to students enrolled as undergraduate students at UNC who have been admitted to the MAT program.

Specializations

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

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.

For Current UNC Undergraduate Students - Early Affiliation

Current UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students also have the option to request Early Affiliation with the MAT program. Early affiliation status allows you to begin taking courses that may be counted towards the MAT. Candidates with early affiliation status must still apply to the MAT program through the graduate school but their applications will be placed in a priority pool during the admission review process.

Why should I request Early Affiliation?

Early affiliation allows current UNC Chapel Hill undergraduates to begin taking courses that may be transferred into the MAT program. Candidates who have early affiliation must still apply to the MAT program through the graduate school but their applications will be placed in a priority pool during the admission review process.

What are the requirements for Early Affiliation?

Students must be in good academic standing and have a 3.0 GPA at the University level.

Students must complete the Early Affiliation Request Form.

When should I request 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.

How does the credit transfer work?

Up to 12 credit hours may be taken while you are an undergraduate and later transferred into the program.

Credits cannot be counted towards two degrees, thus students who take courses during their undergraduate career will count these toward either their BA or MAT.

To ensure content is up to date and fresh, no more than two years is allowed between graduation and commencement of the MAT program. If more than two years have elapsed between your graduation from UNC Chapel Hill and your commencement of the MAT program, the program reserves the right to deny transfer of credits and require replacement credits be taken.

Which classes can I use for the credit transfer?

UNC Chapel Hill students can count designated 500, 600, and 700 level EDUC courses taken toward the MAT if they have not been used to fulfill the minimum credit count needed for a B.A. or B.S. degree.

For example, if the degree requirement was a minimum of 120 credit hours for a B.A. degree, and the applicant successfully completed 128 credits, then the additional hours may count toward the MAT degree provided the courses are at the 500-700 level and fulfill the requirements of the MAT program.

Course content taken while a student is an undergraduate is expected to be built on during the graduate program.

Any course credit decisions must be made in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

What are the prerequisite courses?

Pre-requisite courses are determined in consultation with the NC Department of Public Instruction and are unique to the content area you wish to pursue during the MAT. This requirement ensures that students have appropriate knowledge base required for teaching in their particular grade level and content area.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the SOE academic advisor to discuss required pre-requisite courses/requirements for their intended content and licensure area(s).

Click here to see a list of prerequisite courses.

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,
  • Statement of Purpose,
  • 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
    • Multi-Subject Subtest
    • Mathematics Subtest
  • Elementary candidates should also plan to take the “Foundations of Reading” exam at the end of the student teaching internship. 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 at the end of the student teaching internship. 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.

Applicants to the Elementary Education program for 2017

The Pearson test score report schedule indicates that scores for exams taken through 1/29/2017 will be released on 2/17/2017.

Applications to the Elementary Education program will be considered complete if all admissions materials are submitted and complete by the February 14, 2017 deadline AND Pearson test scores are reported on or before 2/17/2017.

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 Language
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra

Recommended Courses

  • EDUC 567: Children’s Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools
Science (Grades 6-9) Science (Grade 9-12)
Can have a B.S. or B.A. in science or major in a related area with a minimum of 24 credits of science content courses. Must have a B.S. or B.A in a science content area. Minimum of 30 credits in disciple including 12 credits in advanced study.
Required Courses:
  • Principles of Biology
  • Descriptive Chemistry
  • Intro to Geology
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Physics, Descriptive Astronomy, or Weather and Climate
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.
Social Studies (Grades 6-9) Social Studies (Grade 9-12)
Can have a B.S. or B.A. in history or in one of the social science areas (political science, economics, geography, sociology, and anthropology) or major in a related area with a minimum of 24 credits of social studies content courses. Must have a B.S. or B.A. in history or in one of the social science areas (political science, economics, geography, sociology and anthropology).
Required Courses: Required Courses:
  • United States History
  • North Carolina History
  • Political Science
  • World History
  • Geography
  • General Social Studies (i.e. Economics, Sociology or Anthropology)
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.
  • Economics (3-credits)
  • Geography (3 credits)
  • History of Western Civilization (6-credits)
  • American History (6-credits)
  • Government in the United States (3 credits)
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.

ENGL 110 – Credit for AP English Language and Composition Exam – DOES NOT COUNT TOWARDS PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

English (Grade 6-9) English (Grade 9-12)
Can have a B.A. in English or major in a related area with a minimum of 24 credits of English content courses. Must have a B.A. or B.S. in English.
Required Courses: Required Courses:
  • Writing and Composition (6-credits)
  • Literature (6-credits)
  • Grammar or Linguistics (6-credits)
  • General English (i.e. journalism, speech) (6 credits)

Recommended Course:

  • Young Adolescent Literature
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.
  • Grammar of Current English or Linguistics

Recommended Courses:

  • History of the English Language
  • World Literature
  • British Literature
  • American Literature
  • Writing and Composition
  • Literacy Studies
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.
Math (Grades 6-9) Math (Grade 9-12)
Can have a B.S. or B.A. in mathematics or major in a related area with a minimum of 24 credits of math content courses. Must have a B.S. or B.A. in mathematics. Minimum of 30 credits in-discipline including 12 credits in advanced study.
Required Courses: Required Courses:
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra
  • MATH 411: Developing Mathematical Concepts
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.

Recommended Courses:

  • Concepts in Algebra and Geometry
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Calculus of Functions of One Variable I & II
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Calculus I, II, & III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Finite/ Discrete Math
Appropriate equivalent courses will be considered.