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Graduate Elementary Education Programs

M.A.T. with specialization in Elementary Education 

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Elementary Education allows students to continue their studies after earning a bachelor's degree and earn teaching licensure for grades K-6. The MAT Elementary Education program offers hybrid and online courses. The program is 39 hours - 12 3-credit courses and 3-credit internship. Lateral Entry teachers can count 1 year of successful teaching in lieu of student teaching. The first 6 courses lead to initial licensure and the remaining 6 courses to M class - advanced licensure.  

M.A. Ed Elementary Education 

At the graduate level, the department offers a fully online program for the Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Ed) degree in Elementary Education. The mission of the master’s program in elementary education is to prepare the experienced teacher for full participation in their chosen profession as leader, researcher, and master practitioner. Through collaboration, inquiry, reflection and practice teachers engage in professional development to: 

  • improve student learning and academic achievement of their students, 

  • strengthen the teaching and learning environments of their schools 

  • enhance collaborative relationships with diverse families and communities 

The program is offered for practicing teachers that hold, or are eligible to hold, an Initial Professional license in elementary education and individuals who complete the Graduate Elementary Education program are eligible for a master's level teaching license through the NC State Board of Education. Two years of full-time teaching experience is recommended, but not required.iew M.A.Ed. Elementary Education on the Catalog site 

The UNCP Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Graduate Elementary Education program is approved by the NC State Board of Education.  


View M.A.Ed. Elementary Education on the Catalog site

For more information about the Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education or the Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in Elementary Education, contact Dr. Lisa Mitchell, program director.