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Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Teaching is an accelerated, site-based program leading to both an initial teaching license and a master’s degree. The program can be completed in just a year and a half of full-time study. NC State’s program is distinct in that it focuses on practice and is held in a public school facility. It is NOT an online program (although some courses are offered online); it is an on-site program located in Wake County, North Carolina.

Twenty-four (24) credit hours in content relevant to the area in which you wish to teach are required. If you have fewer than 24 credit hours in a relevant content field, or if your coursework does not prepare you adequately to teach the North Carolina curriculum, you may be assigned coursework to overcome the deficiency.

Dr. Micha Jeffries,
MAT Director
Phone: 919-515-1578
Delivery Method: Face-to-face
Admissions Web Page

(What will I learn?)

The MAT program includes these content areas:

  • secondary Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English
  • Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Technology Education
  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

MAT core courses include:

  • ED 507 Principles of Developing and Interpreting Assessment (2 credit hours)
  • ED 508 Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community (3)
  • ED 569 Enhanced Internship in Teaching (4)
  • ED 570 Seminar in Classroom Action Research (1)
  • ED 571 Inquiry and Professional Development (1)
  • ED 572 Seminar in Teacher Leadership (1)
  • ECI 579 Organization and Behavioral Management of Diverse Classrooms (3)

In addition to the 18 credit hours of core courses listed above, another 12 to 15 credit hours of content courses, depending on your content area, are required.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 30-33

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

In order to be accepted into the program, you must have:

  • A four-year degree from a college or university that holds regional accreditation, such as SACS accreditation;
  • A combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 (1000 on the pre-2011 scale), taken within the last five years prior to admission;
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in prior work;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A personal essay stating applicant's background and goals.

Applications are continuously accepted and reviewed for our Spring and Fall starts.

Graduate School application deadlines:
Fall semester: April 1
Spring semester: November 1

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Under the accelerated plan of study, full-time students complete the program in as little as one and a half years.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by enrolling as a non-degree student (NDS). Students who do not have the 24 content area credit hours needed to be accepted into the program may still take the first two graduate classes as an NDS student and transfer them into the program once the full 24 content specific hours are taken and accepted.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $12,224.10
Non-resident: $26,774.10

Tuition Notes: We provide an outstanding program at a reasonable cost. We keep our costs low by partnering with local school systems and holding classes in their facilities. This reduces costs and also increases our ability to model best teaching practices in relevant environments.


The teacher education program at North Carolina State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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