MAT Admission Requirements

Admissions Process

Transcripts are carefully reviewed by content advisors to make sure applicants have a major in one of the teaching licensure content areas and a GPA of at least 2.7 in the content area and have completed a minor or at least 15 hours in the teaching licensure area. Applicants, who do not meet the content course admission requirements, are advised as to which courses they need to take.  As candidates have to receive passing scores on the Praxis II content exam to be recommended for licensure, we strongly recommend that applicants take the test and submit passing scores with their application. 

Once admitted to the program candidates are assigned a content advisor who reviews their transcripts and helps with planning program coursework.  During this meeting if candidates are missing content that is taught in NC high schools, specific courses are recommended for candidates to take. Content advisors review and select placement settings that match candidates’ content major to ensure that their teaching assignment fulfills teaching in their content area.  In content areas in which NC only offers a comprehensive license, candidates are also recommended to submit passing Praxis II content scores in their major teaching area.

Applicants who are interested in teaching but who do not have an undergraduate degree in one of the areas in which we offer licensure (Math, English, Social Studies and Science) must meet with a content advisor. Advisors review transcripts and identify required coursework for consideration for admission.  See Faculty & Staff link on the MAT Secondary Education website for advisor contact information.

Applicant Coursework Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission
    Deadline and Requirement Chart
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). An undergraduate grade average of “B” or better is required.
  3. Official scores on the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Exam
    • Miller Analogies Test (
    • Graduate Record Exam (
    • UNCW Testing Service (
  4. Official Passing Scores for the PRAXIS II Content Area Exam
    It is recommended that you take the Licensure Area Content tests prior to enrollment in the MAT Program (

Registration information, test administration dates, and test locations are available at

Passing scores will be a requirement for teacher certification.

  1. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields
  2. In addition to materials required as part of the Graduate School application process, candidates for the M.A.T. program also must submit a letter of interest that describes their commitment to the teaching profession, recent experience working with teenagers, and their philosophy of teaching and learning – see below for fuller description and explanation

Praxis II Testing Requirements

Test codes beginning with “5” indicate computer delivery tests. All tests scored on a 100-200 point scale

Table 1 – New Licensure Testing Requirements Due to Discontinuation of Tests by ETS

Licensure Area & Code Required Praxis II Test  - Names & Codes SBE Approved Qualifying Score
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)* 167
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-Screen graphing calculator provided ) (5161) *160
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624)  *157
Science (Comprehensive) General Science: Content Knowledge (0435/5435) 151
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge (0235/5235) 150
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (0245/5245) 152
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Earth Science (Secondary)   Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (0571/5571) 136
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Physics (Secondary Physics: Content Knowledge (0265/5265 ) 133
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157
Social Studies
Political Science
Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081/5081) 158
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (0624/5624) 157

To ensure that candidates for the M.A.T. degree are aware of all of the expectations for high school teachers, applicants must have recent experiences in secondary education or related settings.  Appropriate experiences may include substitute teaching, lateral entry employment, tutoring, and volunteering at informal educational settings (Museums, Aquariums, Boys/Girls Scouts, etc.). For those candidates who lack related experiences teaching adolescents, it is highly recommended that the applicant visit an area high school and offer to observe/assist a teacher of their content (Math, Science, English, Social Studies) in some capacity.  It would be advisable to include a short reflection on these experiences in the application letter of interest.
Final selection is based upon consideration of academic record, Miller Analogy or GRE test scores, passing Praxis II score, letter of application, and three recommendations. An interview with a committee of Watson College of Education faculty and public school personnel may be required.

Octocber 15 application deadline (Spring) and April 15 (Summer)

Applicants, please be aware:  There are two applicant deadlines for the MAT cohort program as listed above.  While October 15th (Fall semester) applicants will be admitted as Spring semester candidates, these students will be advised to only take content area requirements (i.e. graduate content courses) during the first Spring semester. All candidates will begin the pedagogical graduate coursework with the cohort model the following Summer I Semester.

Students who seek professional improvement or licensure renewal but do not intend to pursue a degree may register for graduate courses through procedures established for non–degree students.

NOTE: Licensure requirements changes are adjusted to accommodate new mandated competencies and guidelines.

Initial Contact Information:
Dr. Ginger Rhodes

UNCW - The Graduate School

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