M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education Program

The M. A.T. in Middle Grades Education Program is designed for students holding a Bachelor’s degree who are seeking North Carolina Middle Level teaching licensure while simultaneously earning a graduate degree. This 33‐semester hour program prepares teacher candidates to teach middle grades language arts, math, science and/or social studies.

The program of study is available through distance education formats. Students may enroll in the program part-time or full-time.  Most full-time students complete this program within two years.

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Middle Grade Education Program Goals and Objectives

The M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education seeks to better prepare candidates for teaching young adolescents and addresses the North Carolina Professional Teaching standards, the Masters/Advanced Competencies which include standards in Instructional Expertise, Knowledge of Learners, Research Expertise, Connecting Subject Matter and Learners, and Professional Development and Leadership as well as the North Carolina Standards for Middle School Teachers. In addition, the program addresses the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) programmatic standards for initial teacher preparation (http://www.amle.org ). Finally, the graduate program incorporates the conceptual framework which is common to all teacher education programs at UNCW: The mission of the Watson College of Education is to develop knowledgeable and proficient education professionals dedicated to improving schools and society.

Upon completion, candidates for the M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education (grades 6-9) should be able to:

  1. Understand and analyze the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to young adolescent development, and apply that knowledge in practice.
  2. Understand the range of individual differences of all young adolescents and adapt instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of individuals, including students with special needs and from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  3. Understand and analyze the major concepts, principles, theories, and research underlying the philosophical foundations and organizational components of highly effective middle level schools.
  4. Understand effective middle level instruction and assessment and apply a variety of strategies to meet the varying abilities, interests, and learning styles of young adolescents.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, principles, theories, standards, and research related to his/her teaching field(s) and apply that knowledge in practice.
  6. Understand and analyze the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to working collaboratively with family and community members.
  7. Use technology to enhance teaching and support learner outcomes.
  8. Engage in reflective inquiry leading to professional development and positive results for student learning.

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