M.A.T. (Elementary, Middle Grades, and Special Education)

Candidates in th Master of Art in Teaching Elementary Education Program are trained to become professionals who are competent to meet the content knowledge needs of K-6 students. The program leads to an A and M level North Carolina license and is designed for those candidiates who do not hold an initial teaching license in an area.

Candidates
in the Master of Art in Teaching Elementary Education, Middle Grades, and
Special Education Programs are trained to become professionals who are
competent to meet the content knowledge needs of K - 12 students. The program
leads to an A level North Carolina license and is designed for those candidates
who do not hold an initial teaching license in an area. The Master of Art in Teaching is a program within the CAEP
(Formerly NCATE) accredited College of Education and is approved by the North
Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

Why Choose a Master of Arts in Elementary Education?

Become a leader in your classroom, school, and community! A
Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education will provide an opportunity
for you to advance your career and provide experiences that will enhance your
knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach in the elementary classroom. Take
the next steps in your teaching career, become a Master Teacher!

What Will You Learn?

You will graduate from
this program with the ability to be a knowledgeable, caring, and reflective
practitioner. The program provides candidates with in-depth knowledge in all
elementary curriculum areas including theories, processes, strategies, and
research. You will have opportunities to use this knowledge to plan appropriate
program for a diverse population of K-6 students.

You will also demonstrate an in- depth understanding of:

  • theoretical
         foundations of teaching and learning in elementary curriculum areas.
  • data
         analysis to support student learning in the classroom
    • learning
           environments that incorporate researched-based best practices
  • collaboration,
         professional learning and leadership as a career-long responsibility
  • instructional
         curriculum to support student learning
  • technology
         to enhance instruction, learning, research, and assessment

  
 Why Choose a Master of Arts in Middle Grades?

For teachers hoping to positively impact the lives of futures
generations, middle school students are a great group to work with. They are
just beginning to learn who they are and the possibilities of the future. Obtaining a degree within the field of middle grades
education most often leads to a career in teaching; however, in addition to
teaching, administrative, consulting, research, and varying discipline-specific
jobs are also options. Students can obtain an A level license in Language Arts,
Math, Science and Social Studies.

Why Choose an M.A.T. Program in Special Education?

Education
is a challenging and rewarding career where adults get to impact the lives of
children.  Special Education allows you to work with those students
who need YOUR help the most!  The program is aimed at individuals who
already have an undergraduate degree with or without a teaching license, and
current "lateral entry" teachers who are seeking special education
licensure. Courses combine both initial and advanced level licensure
requirements for Special Education: General Curriculum in a two-phase
process.  As part of the program, you will complete a series of field
experiences within area schools.  



What Will You Learn?


You will graduate from the Special Education M.A.T. program with the skills
necessary to teach students in the general curriculum from kindergarten through
high school.  

Specific
skills learned will include:

    • Strategies for
           planning and implementing instruction for students with special needs

    • Cognitive,
           mental and physical development of K-12 students

    • Understanding of
           current laws and regulations related to special education

    • Techniques for
           assessing learning and designing instruction

    • Research-based
           instructional practices