Some MAT Program Frequently Asked Questions
- What subject areas and grade levels does the Secondary MAT program include?
The MAT is offered in Math, English, History, and Science. It provides a graduate degree with North Carolina teacher licensure for grades 9-12.
- I have a degree in sociology or political science. Is the MAT program appropriate?
The program is most suited to those with an undergraduate degree in History. Students are required to complete all required undergraduate courses to be recommended for teacher licensure in the social studies, including undergraduate History. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. For the MAT, all graduate level social science credits are in History. However, students who have a strong background in History and other relevant experiences should apply.
- I have a degree in one of the science areas. What does it take to teach the area of science?
Students have to complete all required undergraduate courses for a teaching license in the area of science to be recommended for teacher licensure. We require that MAT students complete the broader area of science. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. The program information lists the requirements for the 6hrs in graduate science for the MAT.
- I have a degree in journalism but want to teach English. What does it take to teach English?
The program is most suited to those with an undergraduate degree in English. Students have to complete all required English undergraduate courses, or an equivalent course at the graduate level, to be recommended for teacher licensure. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. For the MAT, 6 graduate hours in English are required.
- I would like to teach math but don't have a degree in math. What are the requirements?
The MAT program is most suited to those with an undergraduate degree in Math. Students have to complete all required Math undergraduate courses to be recommended for teacher licensure. We will review your transcripts and determine what undergrad courses are needed (if any) prior to the program. For the MAT, 6 graduate hours in mathematics are required. However, students who have a strong background in Math and other relevant experiences should have their transcripts reviewed to determine if they are close enough to a math major equivalent to apply.
- What are the admissions requirements and how do I apply?
Check the online requirements for admissions http://www.uncw.edu/ed/itfse/mat/admissions.html
Complete the online application at the UNCW graduate school web site http://www.uncw.edu/grad%5Finfo/prospectivestudents.htm
- Do I need to have teaching experience to be admitted?
We strongly recommend applicants to have recent experience working with high school students prior to enrollment in the program. This can be substitute teaching or other work that has the applicant in regular high school settings. For those who lack that experience, we ask them to arrange a minimum of three visits to an area high school and to assist the teacher of their content (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies) in a minimum of three mini-lessons. Access to schools is sometimes difficult with security clearances, etc. so we encourage applicants to begin this early in the semester as they are making application. For questions about options for fulfilling this requirement, or for students who experience any difficulties in gaining access to a high school, please contact the MAT Initial Contact person.
- What are the required tests? What are minimum scores requirements? What is the difference in the tests?
Applicants should have official scores from the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as well as Scores for the PRAXIS II Content Area Exam. It is highly recommended that you take the PRAXIS II Content Area Exam prior to enrollment in the program. The Miller’s Analogy Test is a test of analogies while the Graduate Record Exam is a test of verbal, quantitative and analytical writing abilities. Scores on the GRE or MAT tests are reviewed together with other admissions requirements in making decisions. Typically, the admissions committee looks for students to have scored at or above the mean for admission. However there are no set minimum scores and the tests are used as one indicator for admission. Information on the GRE, MAT and Praxis exams is available at http://www.uncw.edu/stuaff/testing/links.htm The tests can be taken at DePaolo Hall here on campus.
- How long will the program take to complete? When can I begin the program?
The program will take one year to complete. All students must be enrolled as full time graduate students throughout the program.Students will begin the program during the Summer session and finish by the Spring semester. The program operates as a cohort model with all students beginning education coursework during the summer session.
- I am a lateral entry teacher. Can I enroll in the MAT program?
Yes. The program requires full time student enrollment throughout the year long program. This means that a lateral entry teacher will have to leave their teaching assignment for 1 full year to complete this program.
- I may not end up teaching in North Carolina. What will that mean for my teaching licensure?
It is important early on to contact the state you intend to move to see how the North Carolina license transfers to that state. Go to the web page of the state department of education you may be relocating to. Also, you may want to view he information on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to see which states NC has reciprocity http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/faq/#outofstate
- How can I find out more information? What are my next steps?
For initial contact information, please email MAT Initial Contact person. For specific discipline related questions, refer to the appropriate faculty member listed under Faculty and Staff on the MAT web page. http://www.uncw.edu/ed/itfse/mat/