Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 30-credit hour graduate program that leads to an initial (A-level) teaching license. The MAT is designed primarily for individuals with a non-teaching bachelor’s degree-seeking a teaching license.
The Master of Arts in Teaching, based in the Department of Education within the College of Arts, Science, Business, and Education (CASBE), currently is enrolling students in five teacher licensure specialty areas: Birth through Kindergarten Education (BKE), Elementary Education (ELEM), Health and Physical Education (HPE), Middle Grades Education (MGE), and Special Education (SPE).
Each specialty area track comprises four common MAT courses, four specialty area courses, and an internship experience. Each specialty area can lead to an initial (A) level North Carolina teaching license. Significant field experiences in P-12 classrooms are required to complete the MAT program. Therefore, candidates must plan their schedules accordingly.
Graduates will create positive change in the profession by advocating for students, promoting professional growth, and working collaboratively with peers. The WSSU Educational Preparation Program (EPP) is steeped in the concept of social justice. Therefore, in addition to traditional coursework, our candidates are expected to complete a minimum of 20 community service hours.
- Provide effective instruction as indicated by aligning their lessons with content standards or learning targets, building upon students’ prior knowledge and/or skills, and provide and justify supports for learning.
- Engage learners in a respectful learning environment as demonstrated by creating a culturally responsive environment, actively engaging the learner, and assisting the learner in developing a deep understanding of the material and/or skill related to the learning goal.
- Use assessments to improve learning as demonstrated by analyzing their pedagogical practices and the learners’ performance, providing effective feedback, and incorporating assessment data into future planning to identify ways to improve student engagement.
- Use research-based practices to impact their instruction positively.
- Create positive change in the profession by advocating for students, promoting professional growth, and working collaboratively with peers.
Following are the general admission requirements:
- Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution,
- Have a mimimum GPA of 2.75, with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or better.
- A completed WSSU graduate application, along with submission of all required documents.
- Interview with MAT program coordinator or designee,
- For individuals seeking MGE teacher certification, a Transcript Analysis of Content Area is also required.
A completed WSSU MAT application, including a personal essay. The essay should range between 600-800 words and include a discussion of at least the following information:
(1) Personal history, including experiences in the field and career goals,
(2) Why you are interested in becoming a teacher,
(3) Your qualifications for specialty area interest,
(4) Experiences you have had that have prepared you for graduate-level study,
(5) Any challenges that you may have had in the past, and
(6) If needed, a discussion of things that need to be explained, such as undergraduate GPA, gaps in education/employment
For all programs, candidates are required to be competent in basic technology. Additionally, those in the Special Education track are required to have an introduction to special education class, and those in the Middle Grades track must have the content area coursework required for certification.
Program Structure and Summary
Total Number of Semester Hours……………33-39 credit hrs
Common MAT coursework……………………. 18–21 credit hrs
Discipline Specific coursework……………………… 15 credit hrs
2020 MAT Program of Study Form
Progression Requirements and Time Limit for Completion
MAT candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program and earn no more than two grades of “C” to remain in good standing in the MAT program. Candidates have six (6) years to complete the program.