Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is designed as an interdisciplinary degree option within the Teacher Education Program. The M.A.T. is intended for graduates from accredited colleges or universities with an undergraduate major in humanities, sciences, or social sciences who have few, if any, formal courses in education. This degree also serves as a licensure pathway for all approved EPP programs.
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See the full calendar for application deadlines below for Elementary Education and Special Education. For all other programs, please contact the program director.
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To be eligible for consideration for full or provisional admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Submit a completed online application
- Pay a $55 non-refundable application fee ($60 for international applicants and waived for military members)
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA; or 2.65-2.75 GPA for provisional admission*
- Two professional references
- 150-250 word personal statement
- Submit Admission to Educator Preparation Acknowledgement Form
- No GRE or GMAT required
*For GPAs below 2.65, contact the Graduate School.
Specific information for each program of study may be obtained by contacting the content area directors.
Graduate Educator Preparation Programs
M.A.T. Graduate Educator Preparation Programs
Art Education Fully Online Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant 910.521.5792
Locklear Hall 212
Birth to Kindergarten Fully Online Dr. Plata-Potter 910.775.4760 School of Education 310 Fully Online
School of Education 215A
Dial Building 121
Oxendine Science 1213
Oxendine Science 2240
Dial Building 207
Spanish Specialization Hybrid Dr. Ana Cecilia Lara 910.521.6359 Dial Humanities Building 243 Special Education Fully Online Dr. Marisa Scott 910.775.4422 School of Education 208
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for our affordable M.A.T. programs are priced with the working student in mind—plus, you can pay by the course. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify. Please view the following link below for an estimated tuition costs.
One Time Fees:
Application Fee - $55 domestic/$60 international
Orientation Fee - $20
Graduation Fee - $100 (note, students will be charged an additional $25 if fee is not paid on time)
Students will be charged a $25 readmission fee after one year of non-attendance.
*Tuition rate (in-state: $270.83/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee; out-of-state: $968.27/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee) is based on a cadence of 6-9 credit hours per semester which is two 7-week terms. Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of nine (9) credit hours for graduate students. Please consult with Student Accounts for more information.
For more information on cost of attendance please click here.
UNCP residency pathway aligns with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
The residency license is a one-year pathway, renewable up to two times (for a total of three years while actively enrolled). It is for candidates that meet the content requirements of licensure but may still need pedagogy requirements. All requirements to convert a Residency License to either an Initial Professional License (IPL) or Continuing Professional License (CPL) must be completed before the expiration of the second renewal of the Residency License. UNCP can only sign the renewal of the RL form while students are enrolled. RL candidates must complete their licensure exams to convert their license to an IPL or CPL. Students must take AND pass their licensure exams while still in the program in order to convert the Residency License to their IPL or CPL. Students not enrolled can not have the Residency Licensure form renewed after graduating with the MAT. Students must pass the licensure exams to be recommended by UNCP.
Individuals must meet the following requirements:
1. holds, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
2. has either completed 24 hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE) required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area;
3. is enrolled in a recognized Educator Preparation Program (EPP). Students must have earned a grade point scale for formal admission to approved North Carolina EPPs, and;
4. meets all other requirements established by the NCSBE, including completing pre-service requirements prior to teaching.
Click here to learn more about the journey to licensure!