Welcome to the M.A.T in Secondary Education Program
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in the Watson College of Education offers an exciting opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in Math, Science, History and English who are seeking a secondary teaching license. Housed within the state-of-the-art Education Building, students are trained to develop and apply learned skills to be successful in today’s globally competitive, diverse high school classrooms. With the use of research and technology, the MAT program prepares future teachers to create innovative and interactive learning environments meeting the needs of today’s high school students. As part of course requirements, students are given the chance to work closely with area high school educators who are leading the way with progressive and new educational programs such as small learning communities and early college programs. The MAT program facilitates the necessary skill building for students to pursue their passion for teaching and become a teacher leader in today’s public schools.
MAT SECONDARY PROGRAM – COHORT 4 begins Summer 2013
This is a “one full- year” MAT program. Teacher Candidates must enroll full-time and complete the program as an ‘interdisciplinary team’.
We are currently accepting applications for COHORT 4! The pedagogical training of the MAT program will begin summer session 2013 with graduate coursework. Extensive high school field experiences begin during both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. The program will offer teacher licensure in high school English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Program completers will earn an initial level North Carolina teacher licensure in a secondary content area and an MAT graduate degree. *Note we are currently working with NCDPI to award completers an “M-level” licensure.
Program of study, admission requirements, and further details have been posted. Please use the links on the left of the webpage to navigate the website.
There are two deadlines for MAT program admission for this highly innovative and unique program. Be advised: Admission to the MAT program is highly competitive!
- The Spring, 2013 early admission deadline is October 15th, 2012.
Be advised: Students admitted to the MAT program for the Spring 2012 semester will be advised to take only graduate content courses (6 hours required) and peripheral pedagogy courses during the Spring Semester.
- The Summer, 2013 traditional admission deadline is March 15th, 2013.
MAT cohort 4 (academic year - 2013/2014) program is scheduled to begin with Summer Session I.
Cohort 4 will earn an MAT Graduate Degree and NC Teacher Licensure after successful completion of the Spring Semester internship ending in May, 2014.
If applicants have current undergraduate program conflicts (i.e. “I don’t graduate until mid-May, 2015.”), please contact the program coordinator. Together, we can generate solutions to time conflicts.
Applications will be accepted for the MAT program after the March 15th deadline. Applications will only be considered if spaces are still available, and will be reviewed without penalty. NOTE: Licensure requirements change must be adjusted to accommodate new mandated competencies and guidelines.
“The UNCW MAT Secondary program changed my life! In three rigorous semesters of course work and field experience teaching in a high school, the program provided me the knowledge and skills towards becoming an educator in the classroom and a leader in the high school system. In less than a year, the cohort program allowed me to earn a Master's Degree and a NC teaching license at the same time. But most importantly, the MAT program gave me the full confidence I needed towards becoming a truly effective teacher of high school students!”
Howard J. Jenkins, Cohort 2, 2012 UNCW Graduate