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  Sep 19, 2017
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

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


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Program Admission Requirements:

MAT applicants must have a grade point average of B or higher on all upper-level undergraduate coursework and, depending on concentration, 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 writing sample is required. Directions for the writing sample vary by concentration and will include topic(s) and length specified by the concentration, and description of the evaluation process . 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 and submit a satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • English -a senior level analytic essay that synthesizes multiple sources and articulates argument
  • Social Sciences -a senior level research paper that synthesizes primary and secondary sources and develops and sustains an argument and submit a satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • Special Education- a written essay describing professional goals and response to a prompt provided by the program.

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 professional 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 initial 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


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)

Art Concentration (21 hours)


Twenty-one hours in addition to the eighteen-hour Professional Core. Nine hours of Advanced Methods courses, six hours 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.

Methods


Six hours, must take:

Biology Content


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

Methods


Six hours, must take:

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)

Other Literature


Three hours of other literature courses are required and must be chosen from the following list:

Guided Electives


Three hours of guided electives in English are required. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with the program director.

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 required. 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 or Anthropology

Special Education: Adapted Curriculum Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four 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 in Adapted Curriculum. Each semester students will engage in clinical experiences. Field experiences are required in all methods courses. 

Internship


Three hours 

Special Education: General Curriculum Concentration (24 hours)


Twenty-four hours in addition to the eighteen-hour Professional Core. Licensure: Leads to recommendation for K-12 licensure.  Each semester students will engage in clinical experiences. Field experiences are required in all methods courses. 

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