Elementary Education

 

Master of Arts in Teaching | Elementary Education

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Entrance Exam: Not required

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that leads its graduates to both an initial teaching license and a master’s degree in as little as a year-and-a-half (full-time).

In the MAT, we expand our knowledge and impact, and continue to support teachers’ needs to integrate practice with theory as well as to experience today’s culturally diverse and technology-enhanced classrooms. The MAT provides an outstanding teacher preparation program at a reasonable cost.

The MAT program at North Carolina State University follows a hybrid model, including classes that are online, face-to-face on the main university campus and face-to-face off campus, also here in Raleigh.

Please note that the MAT’s focus is on preparation to teach in K-12 schools rather than an advanced credential for practicing teachers or a precursor to research-oriented doctoral studies in education.

Graduates from NC State’s MAT Elementary Education program will:

  • Become teachers of quality for all children; they will demonstrate values and dispositions characterized by a sound commitment to social justice, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations of children.
  • Use developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, child-centered pedagogy in teaching young children.
  • Have depth of knowledge in the content areas of the elementary school curriculum, especially in math, science, technology and literacy.
  • Implement research-verified practices in all areas of the elementary education curriculum.
  • Employ proven practices of teaching using appropriate technology tools.
  • Foster sound and productive collaborative relationships with students, families, and colleagues.
  • Make instructional decisions based on sound evidence of student work and meaningful assessments.
  • Become deeply and productively reflective in their own practice of teaching, so that reflection will become a habit of mind.
  • Succeed in a range of high quality, supervised school-based experiences with area partnership schools, including participation in guided inquiry regarding current practices in elementary education.
  • Contribute to the continuous assessment and improvement of preparing elementary education professionals.
  • Participate in innovative courses, experiences and opportunities that will prepare them for teaching in the twenty-first century.
  • Participate in communities of practice both face-to-face and virtually.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university that holds regional accreditation from a recognized accrediting agency such as SACS
  • 3.00 GPA or higher in prior work, as required by the Graduate School
  • The GRE is no longer required for admission to the Elementary MAT program if you have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. If your GPA is below 3.0, a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 on GRE is required. Scores should be no older than 5 years prior to the date of admission.
  • Minimum passing score of 100 on the TOEFL AND an official course-by-course evaluation from an accredited foreign credential evaluation service required for applicants with non-U.S. degrees*
  • Meet the specific requirements of content area or grade level. See specialty coursework under curriculum for content standards.

MAT in Elementary Education is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree with the following 24 semester hours in the core content areas:

  • Mathematics: 6 credit hours
  • Science: 6 credit hours, one with a lab
  • Literature: 3 credits
  • Sociology or Anthropology: 3 credits
  • American History: 3 credits
  • Additional Relevant Course Work: 3 credits

In the absence of a content degree, 24 semester hours/credits in content relevant to the area in which you wish to teach are needed. Candidates who are missing content area courses can take them at a local college or university or as a PBS (post-baccalaureate student) at NC State prior to admission.

If an applicant does not have the 24 content area credits needed to be accepted into the program, he or she can still enroll in the first graduate classes as a Non-Degree student (NDS) while completing the full 24 content-specific hours and transfer those credits into the degree program. Up to 12 credit hours with a grade of “B” or better can be transferred into a master’s degree program (either from NDS studies or from partner institutions). See the NC State Graduate School policies at https://www.ncsu.edu/grad/catalog/transfer-credits.html

* Please note that the Master of Arts in Teaching is an Online and Distance Education program, so students on university-sponsored visas are not eligible for this program. Please contact the Office of International Services with any questions.

PLAN OF STUDY

MAT participants can undertake this program full-time or part-time. Depending on the content area, the program is approximately 33 credit hours, including a full-semester student teaching experience.

The program consists of 33 credit hours including:

Core Course Requirements - 15 credit hours

ED 507 - Principles of Developing and Interpreting Assessment

Units: 2

Designed to enable students to understand and use appropriate classroom assessment practices by applying knowledge of pedagogy and development to high-quality strategies for formative and summative assessment. Students will explore best practices using developmentally-appropriate assessment strategies including authentic assessment, portfolios, and electronic portfolios, real-time feedback, open-and closed-ended formal assessments, and standardized testing. Particular attention will be paid to examining the rationale for assessment, and the implications of assessment.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ED 508 - Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community

Units: 3

Students will explore and apply the major philosophical and historical influences to current educational context as they relate to issues of diversity. Focus will be placed on theoretical and practical issues of diversity in classroom settings, especially related to culture, race, gender, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic levels. [Field-based experiences will be required].

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ED 570 - Classroom Action Research

Units: 1

Provides a brief introduction to educational research focusing specifically on classroom action research. Requires admission to MAT; completion of 6 hours in the program.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ED 571 - Inquiry and Professional Development

Units: 1

Builds on earlier course work [ED 570] preparing students to refine an action research proposal, collect data in a school setting, write a report, and to identify resources and activities that will support their ongoing professional development; requires 9 hours of graduate credit in the MAT curriculum.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ECI 579 - Organization and Behavioral Management of Inclusive Classrooms

Units: 3

To increase students' knowledge of persons with high incidence disabilities [i.e., learning disability, mild intellectual disability, and serious emotional disability], and how to manage the behavior of all pupils in educational environments. Characteristics of students with high incidence disabilities will be emphasized , as well as strategies to reduce the likelihood of problem behavior of all pupils in the classroom.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ED 572 - Teacher Leadership

Units: 1

This course explores the multiple contexts, roles, and approaches to teacher leadership in classrooms, schools, communities, and professional organizations. Requires at least 30 credit hours in the MAT program.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ED 569 - Teaching Internship: MAT

Units: 4

A supervised teaching experience requiring a minimum of 10 consecutive full-time weeks in an appropriate school classroom. Designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for teaching at the elementary, middle and/or secondary level. Includes regularly scheduled clinical observations and conferences. Requires successful completion of at least 21 hrs. in the MAT program and approval by specialty area faculty. Student responsible for transportation to placement site.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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Specialty Area Course Requirements

ELM 571 - Language Arts, New Literacies and Media for Initial License

Units: 3

Examine research-based processes for writing instruction, effects of and approaches for use of technology on literacy development, and effects of media and new literacies [non-print literacies, e.g. digital, visual, film] on literacy learning and development in elementary schools. Restricted to ELM MAT students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ELM 572 - Methods for Teaching Reading in the Elementary Classroom for Initial License

Units: 3

ELM 572 prepares pre-service teachers to teach reading and leads to licensure in the elementary grades. The course examines specific research-based methodology that relates to the theory and practice of teaching reading for elementary readers. Restricted to ELM, MAT students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ELM 573 - Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science for Initial License

Units: 3

ELM 573 prepares preservice teachers to teach science and leads to licensure in the elementary grades. The course examines specific research verified methodologies that relate to the theory and practice of teaching science to elementary students. Restricted to ELM MAT students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ELM 574 - Methods for Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom for Initial License

Units: 3

Prepares preservice teachers to teach mathematics and leads to licensure in the elementary grades. Examines specific research-based methodologies that relate to the theory and practice of teaching mathematics to elementary students. Limited to students enrolled in MAT Elementary Education program.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ELM 575 - Social Studies in the Elementary School for Initial License

Units: 3

Designed to prepare pre-service teachers to teach social studies and to lead to licensure in the elementary grades. The course is an examination of curriculum, instruction, and learning in K-6 social studies education, Emphasis include development of the social studies, curricular principles and components, research verified teaching strategies, and learner outcomes. Restricted to ELM MAT students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ELM 515 - Instructional Practice in Schools I

Units: 1

Prepares pre-service teachers to develop competencies in assessment, instructional design, and tutoring and leads to initial licensure in the elementary grades. Includes 15-20 hours of fieldwork; transportation to schools is the responsibility of the students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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ELM 516 - Instructional Practice in Schools II

Units: 2

Prepares pre-service teachers to develop competencies in assessment, instructional design, and teaching in whole class settings and leads to initial licensure in the elementary grades. Includes 30 hours of fieldwork; transportation to the schools is the responsibility of the students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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    Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
    FallJune 1
    SpringNovember 1
    Summer 1April 1
    Summer 2April 1

    Micha Jeffries

    Director, Master of Arts in Teaching
    Coordinator, MAT in Elementary Education

    College of Education

    919.515.1578
    mjjeffri@ncsu.edu