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  Oct 18, 2017
 
ARCHIVED 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Comprehensive Education (M.A.T.)


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Program Admission Requirements:

In addition to the , Graduate School Admission Requirements  MAT applicants must have a grade point average of B or higher on all upper-level undergraduate coursework and a satisfactory score on the GRE. Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study and potential as a graduate-level classroom teacher are required. A personal interview is required. In addition, candidates must have an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration and must meet the prerequisite requirements of the department housing the concentration. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in a major other than the MAT. concentration may not qualify for the MAT and are subject to prerequisite course requirements as determined by the faculty in the department of the concentration. Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials presented by the candidate.

Applicants for the MAT in Comprehensive Education must submit the following documents for review as part of the admission process to the specific concentration:

  • Art - a letter of intent to the program coordinator and a portfolio of their work demonstrating breadth and depth
  • Biology - evidence of individual research such as an undergraduate thesis or in-depth research paper
  • Chemistry -evidence of individual research such as an undergraduate thesis or in-depth research paper
  • English - a senior level analytic essay that synthesizes multiply sources and articulates argument
  • Mathematics -evidence of an independent capstone research project
  • Music - an interview and audition with the Music Department and a score study
  • Social Sciences - a senior level research paper that synthesizes primary and secondary sources and develops and sustains an argument

Program Description:

The MAT was designed to enable students holding degrees other than education degrees to study in selected teaching programs at the advanced graduate level. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration and must meet the prerequisite requirements of the department housing the concentration. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in a major other than the MAT concentration may not qualify for the MAT and are subject to prerequisite course requirements as determined by the faculty in the department of the concentration. Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials presented by the candidate.

The program leading to the MAT degree in comprehensive education requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of graduate study. The MAT requires students in all concentrations to complete 18 semester hours in the professionial core. A full-time, semester-long internship or the equivalent is required. The specific requirements for each concentration are listed in each concentration area. Pending satisfactory completion of state-mandated licensure requirements, the program leads to a recommendation for an intial and advanced license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Completion of degree requirements includes satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Portfolio (may be waived for National Board certification).

Professional Core - 18 Hours


Advanced Professional Education Core (9 hours)


Teacher Leadership


 Three hours, must take:

Technology Core Theme


Three Technology Seminars, select three Technology Seminars offered during the program.

Concentrations


Licensure: Adapted Special Education (K-12), Art (K-12), Biology (9-12), Birth-Kindergarten (B-K), Chemistry (9-12), English (9-12),  General Special Education (K-12), Mathematics (9-12),  Music (K-12), Physical Education (K-12),  Social Sciences (9-12),  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (K-12)

Art Concentration (21 hours)


Twenty-one hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Nine hours of Advanced Methods courses, six hourse of Art Content, and six hours of Internship & Seminar courses are required. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for K-12 licensure.

Art Content Area


Six hours, must take:

Biology Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Six hours of Advanced Methods courses, twelve hours of Biology Content courses, and six hours of Internship & Seminar courses are required. Note: This concentration requires 3 hours above the MAT minimum requirement. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for 9-12 licensure.

Advanced Methods


 Six hours, must take:

Biology Content


Twelve hours selected upon the advice of the department faculty.

  • BIOL 500 (or higher)

Chemistry Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Six hours of Advanced Methods courses, twelve hours of Chemistry Content courses, and six hours of Internship & Seminar courses. Note: This concentration requires 3 hours above the MAT minimum requirement. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for 9-12 licensure.

Advanced Methods


 Six hours, must take:

Chemistry Content


Twelve hours, selected upon the advice of the department faculty.

  • CHEM 500 (or higher)

English Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty four hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Six hours of Advanced Methods courses, nine hours of Literature courses as indicated, three hours of Guided Electives, and six hours of Internship & Seminar courses are required. Note: This concentration requires 3 hours above the MAT minimum requirement. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for 9-12 licensure.

British Literature


Three hours of British Literature are required. Choose any British Literature Course (500 or higher)

American Literature


Three hours of American Literature are required. Choose any American Literature Course (500 or higher)

Health and Physical Education Concentration (33 hours)


Thirty-three hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Note: This concentration requires 9 hours above the MAT minimum requirement.

Mathematics Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Six hours of Advanced Methods as indicated, twelve hours of Mathematics Content as indicated, and six hours of Internship & Seminar courses are required. Note: This concentration requires 3 hours above the MAT minimum requirement.Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for 9-12 licensure.

Mathematics Content Area


 Twelve hours as indicated.

Internship & Seminar


Six hours, must take:

Music Concentration (27 hours)


Twenty-seven hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Six hours of Advanced Methods courses, twelve hours of Music Content courses as indicated, three hours of Music Internship, and six additional hours of Internship & Seminar coures are required. Note: This concentration requires 6 hours above the MAT minimum requirement. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for K-12 licensure.

Music Content


Twelve hours as indicated.

Music Internship


Three hours, must take:

  • MUS 689 -  Internship in Secondary Education (Music)

Social Sciences Concentration (21 hours)


Twenty-one hours in addition to the Professional Core. Six hours of Advanced Methods courses, nine hours of Social Sciences Content courses, and six hours of Internship & Seminar courses are requried. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for 9-12 licensure.

Social Sciences Content


Nine hours selected upon the advice of the department faculty. Must be 500 level or higher and come from the following fields:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology

Special Education: Adapted Curriculum Concentration (30 hours)


Twenty seven hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Note: This concentration requires nine hours above the MAT minimum requirement. Licensure:Leads to a recommendation for K-12 licensure. 

Special Education: General Curriculum Concentration (21 hours)


Twenty-one hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Licensure: Leads to recommendation for K-12 licensure.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration (27 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the eighteen hour Professional Core. Note: This concentration requires 6 hours above the MAT minimum requirement. Licensure: Leads to a recommendation for K-12 licensure:

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