Teacher Education Programs

M.A.T. Program Standards and Goals

Program Standards

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree program was developed according to Standards for Program Approval by the North Carolina Department of Education. It addresses the North Carolina Initial and Advanced Competencies, which include the specialty-area standards for initial licensure, the North Carolina Teacher Standards (pdf; requires Adobe Reader), and the North Carolina Specialty Area Standards (pdf; requires Adobe Reader) for Graduate Teacher Candidates: Teacher Leadership, Respectful Educational Environments, Content and Curriculum Expertise, Student Learning, and Reflection. The graduate program also reflects the conceptual framework that is common to all teacher education programs at UNCP.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the graduate M.A.T. program, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate breadth of general knowledge, as well as depth of knowledge, in the selected discipline area necessary for effective instructional decision-making.

2. Demonstrate a well-articulated knowledge of elementary, middle or secondary school communities and issues that impact teaching.

3. Exhibit knowledge of and show respect toward diverse cultural values and exceptionalities;

4. Communicate effectively in Standard oral and written English.

5. Adapt instructional strategies to the developmental and learning needs of individuals, including students with special needs and students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

6. Establish a classroom climate conducive to the learning, social, and emotional needs of students.

7. Choose objectives consistent with state and local curriculum guidelines, the learning needs of students, and guidelines established by learned societies.

8. Utilize technology in ways that enhance teaching and learning experiences.

9. Employ and analyze appropriate assessments and evaluative procedures.

10. Establish a pattern of reflective practice and scholarly inquiry culminating in confidence, professionalism, and effectiveness in the role of teacher.

11. Demonstrate knowledge of the history, philosophy and sociology of public education pertaining to the demonstration of best practices in education.

12. Meet departmental requirements for a capstone course, product, and/or examination.