English - Secondary Education

 

Master of Arts in Teaching | English - Secondary Education

Program Format:   
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).

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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.

The MAT to teach secondary English is offered to those who hold a bachelor’s degree in English or 24 semester hours (not counting freshman composition) with a minimum of one class from each of the following:

  • 2 Composition/Rhetoric/Grammar
  • 3 Literature
  • 1 Literature of an Author/Genre

Eligibility

Applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university that holds regional accreditation from a recognized accrediting agency such as SACS;
  • 3.0 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.

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 completed as an NDS student or at another institution).

* Please note that the Master of Arts in Teaching is a 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.

Cost

This master's degree requires 33 graduate credit hours. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 33-credit program is $14,949 for North Carolina residents and $41,613 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

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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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Summer Term 2 2019 Fall Term

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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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Summer Term 2 2019 Fall Term

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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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

ECI 572 - Resource Teaching In Special Education

Units: 3

Resource teaching in area of special education, with emphasis on resource teaching with students with special needs. Types of resource programs, establishment and maintenance of a program, selection of students, curriculum and materials.

Offered in Summer

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

TYPE: Internship Course

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Specialty Area Course Requirements

ECI 528 - Strategies for Teaching English in Secondary Schools

Units: 3

Methods and materials of teaching English in grades 9-12, with and emphasis on lesson planning and demonstrations/practice in teaching literature, study skills, speaking, listening, media literacy, and writing. Some classes and assignments will be completed in a field setting.

Offered in Fall Only

ECI 520 - The Teaching Of Composition

Units: 3

For classroom teachers. Practical field-tested ideas to help students improve as writers by focusing on composition as a process as well as a product. Activities for teaching prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, grammar and evaluating with suggestions for individual and group learning. Writing in content areas and composition research/ theory. To take this course in sum. as part of Capital Area Writing Project, student must apply and be selected

Offered in Spring Only

ECI 521 - Teaching Literature For Young Adults

Units: 3

Designed to acquaint in-service and pre-service teachers with breadth and diversity of contemporary literature for adolescents, with emphasis on teaching young adult literature. Addresses history and themes of young adult literature, readability of materials, reading preferences, literary merit, skills that can be taught through literature, censorship, motivating students to read and organizing literature units.

Offered in Fall Only

Computer Applications - Choose One

ECI 511 - Technology Integration Theory and Practice

Units: 3

Foundational study of technology integration standards, models, and conditions informed by research. Analysis of micro classroom and macro school/institutional technology plans, and development of sample technology plans and projects representative of integration across curricular areas.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

ECI 512 - Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Units: 3

Examination of emerging technologies as applied in educational settings with a focus on related research, case studies, theoretical underpinnings, and strategies for effective integration.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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ECI 513 - Teaching and Learning with Digital Video

Units: 3

Development and implementation of digital video within educational contexts and situations. Design of educational watching, analyzing, and creating activities with video. Application of conventions and genres of digital video capture and editing to sample technology projects across curricular areas.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Summer Term 1

ECI 514 - Multimedia Design and Applications in Instruction

Units: 3

Examination of learning theories and research-based principles for multimedia design to select/apply appropriate digital resources and create maximally effective educational products.

Offered in Fall Only

TERM: Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

ECI 515 - Online Collaborations in Education

Units: 3

Examination of models of collaboration, sample online collaborative strategies and projects, tools supportive of cross-classroom collaborations, and research findings from collaborative initiatives.

Offered in Fall Only

ECI 516 - Design and Evaluation Of Instructional Materials

Units: 3

Characteristics and selection of various media for instruction and their use in educational settings. Design and production of instructional materials. Analysis of research in the field. Individualized projects and assignments. Application of grounded research and theory concerning learning to design of instructional materials. Structured projects and practical experiences used to transfer design principles and evaluate instructional products.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Fall Term

ECI 517 - Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Learning Environments

Units: 3

Examination and application of behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist theoretical frameworks underlying the design and development of advanced technology-enhanced learning environments.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2019 Fall Term

Electives - Choose One

ECI 508 - Teachers as Leaders

Units: 3

Examines teacher leadership research, theory, and practice. Prepares teachers to assume leadership roles in classrooms, schools, school systems, and the larger educational community. Independent research projects required.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

ECI 522 - Trends and Issues in English Language Arts Education

Units: 3

Consideration of past, current, and future trends and issues in English Language arts instruction, standards, and methodologies. Examination of research, theory, and practice in concert with trends, issues, and questions. Independent research projects required.

ECI 523 - Teacher as Researcher

Units: 3

This course is designed to introduce the methods and skills required for designing, conducting, interpreting, and applying action research - the systematic inquiry into curriculum, instruction, teaching, and learning. This course will focus on reflective inquiry and practical applications.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Summer Term 2

ECI 541 - Reading In the Content Areas

Units: 3

Methods in instruction for applying reading to content areas, with emphasis on means of improving comprehension, vocabulary and learning strategies in subject matter classrooms.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

ECI 546 - New Literacies & Media

Units: 3

Critical analysis of new literacies that are prompted by emerging technologies and participatory media in K-12. Design and application of new literacies and media instructional practices to literacy curriculum and other discipline areas.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

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

Dr. Drinda Benge

MAT Coordinator for the Humanities

College of Education

919.515.1579
drinda_benge@ncsu.edu