Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), concentration in Elementary Education
This 18-month program prepares candidates for a career as an elementary classroom teacher with an initial license in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program is set up as a cohort model in which you take all of your classes as a team. A new cohort begins every January.
- Cohort based/team approach
- Supportive and knowledgeable faculty
- Teaching methods for all content areas; literacy, math, science, and social studies
- Research-based methodologies
- Partnerships with area schools
- Collaborating with practicing teachers
- Extensive internship experiences during and beyond traditional school hours
- School-based practice of classroom management
- Incorporation of technology and 21st Century Skills
- Leadership opportunities
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Research Opportunities
This program is designed for people who have a Bachelor’s Degree in another discipline other than education.
Our teaching candidates come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds including communication, business, psychology, political science, etc., as well as a wide variety of careers in retail, engineering, social work, homemakers, etc. The common denominator is a strong interest to teach young students and have a direct impact on the lives of others.
Candidates spend ten hours a week in elementary classrooms; both the spring and fall semesters of their first year, collaborating with teachers as well as tutoring students and working with parents in a local literacy project. During their final semester, candidates student teach every day in an elementary classroom. Our graduates are highly recruited due to their extensive knowledge and skill developed in the program.
“Engineering is Elementary” is a current project being developed and researched in our partnership schools. Our candidates and the cooperating teachers in their partner schools are implementing engineering practices that disrupt students’ notion of “smartness”, build on students’ interest in engineering and science as well as encourage collaboration, creativity and perseverance.
Program of Study
Total hours: 39 hours plus 4 hours of co-requisites
Core: (9 hours)
- TED 545 (3) Diverse Learners (Spring 1)
- ERM 605 (3) Educational Measurement & Evaluation (SUMMER 2)
- TED 636 (3) Educational Psychology and Differentiated Instruction (Fall 2)
Pedagogical Expertise: (18 hours)
- TED 641 (3) Literacy I: Reading Instruction (SPRING 1)
- TED 518 (3) Mathematics in the Elementary School I (SPRING 1)
- TED 520 (3) Social Studies in the Elementary School (SUMMER 1)
- TED 625(3) Mathematics in Elementary School II (Geometry, Measurement, & Data Analysis & Probability) (SUMMER 1)
- TED 519 (3) Science in the Elementary School (FALL 2)
- TED 642 (3) Literacy II: Language Arts Instruction (FALL 2)
Professional Development/Leadership: (12 hours)
- TED 650 (3) Interaction of Classroom Management ∓ Instruction (SUMMER 2)
- TED 680a (6) Clinical Experience in Teaching (SPRING 2)
- TED 680b (3) Clinical Experience in Teaching (SPRING 2)
Co-requisites: (to be taken during this program- 4 hours)
- KIN 340 (1.5 hrs.) – Healthful Living Pedagogy for Elementary School Teaching
- One teaching methods from the fine arts (3 hrs.)- ARE 367, MUS 361, DCE 345, or THR 315 (recommended to be taken during Summer)
- LIS 120 (1.0 hr.)- Instructional Technology
Minimum Program Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Successful completion of Program of Study and student teaching
- Successful evaluation of all required assessments using EdTPA (Proficiency in North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and Proficiency in Dispositions) during the Spring and Fall semesters.
- Successful completion of all Technology (NETS-T) requirements (through completion of LIS 120)
- Acceptable scores on both required Pearson North Carolina Teaching Exams.
- General Curriculum and Math;
- Reading Foundations
- Application for licensure through School of Education Office of Student Services.