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  Jul 21, 2017
 
ARCHIVED 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Programs (M.A.T.)


The MAT was designed to enable students holding degrees other than education degrees to study in selected teaching programs at the graduate or advanced 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 36-42 semester hours of graduate study. The difference in semester hours is a function of the teaching experience that the candidate brings to the program. A full-time, semester-long internship or the equivalent is required. The MAT consists of a professional core of 15 semester hours, 12-18 hours of teaching methods and clinical experiences, and 9 semester hours in the concentration. Pending satisfactory completion of state-required licensure examinations, the program leads to a recommendation for an advanced license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Completion of degree requirements includes satisfactory completion of Praxis II tests, the Teacher Work Sample Portfolio and the Comprehensive Portfolio.

Professional Core (15 hours)


Teaching Methods and Clinical Experiences (12-18 hours)


Secondary and Special Subjects


(Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, and Soical Sciences) (Art, Music, Physical Education)

3 semester hours of elective course


6 semester hours of teaching methods


and one 3-hour content specific methods course*

3-9 semester hours of clinical experiences


Middle Grades Education


  • one 3-hour content specific methods course

6 semester hours of teaching methods


3-9 semester hours of field experience


Special Education Emphasis Areas (Choose One)


Field experience or additional course hours will vary, up to a total of 18 semester hours in special education, depending on prior courses and/or experiences of candidates.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 18 hours


18 hours of teaching methods and clinical experiences (a general Methods course, EDCI 617, Methods and Practices for Learning in Content Areas, Credits: 3

TESOL methods:

Concentrations


Art, Biology, Chemistry, Middle Grades, Music, Physical Education, and Social Sciences Concentration


9 semester hours selected upon the advice of the department faculty.

English Concentration Hours: 9


In addition to ENGL 514, which is the “content specific methods course” listed under the “Secondary” program requirements in the catalog, the concentration requires 9 semester hours of graduate coursework selected jointly by the student and his English graduate advisor based on the student’s undergraduate curriculum, professional plans, experience, and interests. The program involves a specialized teaching focus, emphasizing rhetoric and composition, professional writing, or  traditional literary studies, including, especially, a graduate World Literature course. ENGL 517 Methods of Teaching Literature and ENGL 618 Literary Research and Bibliography are required.  Neither a thesis nor foreign language proficiency is required, there is no English Comprehensive Examination requirement. For additional information on the M.A.T. in English, see the 2006-07 Guide to Graduate Studies in English.

Mathematics Concentration (9 hours)


9 semester hours including:

One of the Following


Special Education Concentration (9 hours)


Emphasis Areas (Choose One):

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concentration, 9 semester hours:


9 semester hours of graduate linguistics:

Methods Courses


Admission Requirements For The Master of Arts in Teaching


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.

Students may enroll in no more than 6 credit hours of coursework prior to being fully admitted to the M.A.T. program. The application process for admission must be completed prior to the completion of the 6 credit hours. Students enrolled in the NCTEACH licensure program who are subsequently admitted to the M.A.T. program may be allowed to count a maximum of 12 credit hours toward the degree, provided the courses are required in the M.A.T. program.

Applicants for the MAT in Comprehensive Education concentration in Art must submit a letter of intent to the department head and a portfolio of their work. Applicants for the MAT in Comprehensive Education concentration in English must submit a writing sample (such as an undergraduate paper). Applicants for the MAT in Comprehensive Education concentration in Music must contact the Music Department to conduct an interview or schedule an audition.

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.



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