Language Arts - Middle Grades

 

Master of Arts in Teaching | Language Arts - Middle Grades

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The 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 Middle Grades Language Arts MAT program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks to prepare teachers who can effectively educate young adolescents, while being responsive to their unique needs, interests, and abilities. Graduates earn licensure for teaching in grades 6-9 in language arts. A bachelor’s degree in English or 24 semester hours in literature, grammar, composition, and/or rhetoric is a pre-requisite to being in the program. Students are admitted in the spring, summer 1, or fall semesters.

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 credits. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 33-credit program is $15,246 for North Carolina residents and $43,263 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

ECI 507 - Social Justice Education

Units: 3

Introduction to principles of social justice education and their centrality in progressive policies and pedagogies that lead to equity in all teaching contexts. Students will develop strategies for successfully incorporating a social justice education framework in scholarship and professional practice.

Offered in Fall Only

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 570 - Learning Disabilities

Units: 3

Field of learning disabilities, including definitions, prevalence, etiology, characteristics and current educational trends for educating students with learning disabilities.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Summer Term 2

ECI 571 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Units: 3

Methods and materials for teaching students with disabilities in elementary and secondary school. Focus on research-supported instructional strategies for teaching academic skills, Universal Design for Learning, implementation of appropriate academic interventions, and evaluation of instructional outcomes within the context of Response to Intervention and Multi-Tier Systems of Supports.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Spring 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

ECI 569 - Special Problems in Business and Marketing Education

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth study of topical problems in business and marketing education selected from areas of current concern to practitioners in education.

Offered in Fall Only

Specialty Area Course Requirements

ECI 550 - Foundations Of Middle Years Education

Units: 3

Examination of five major aspects of middle years education: [a] history and purposes of middle/junior high school, [b] pre- and early adolescent needs, interests and abilities, ? curriculum design and content, [d] teaching methods and [e] school organization. Emphasis on both theoretical understandings and effective classroom strategies.

Offered in Fall Only

ECI 509 - Special Problems in Curriculum and Instruction

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth study of topical problems in curriculum and instruction selected from areas of current concern to practitioners in education.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

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

Language Arts Concentration - Choose One

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

ECI 545 - Theory and Research in Literacy

Units: 3

Advanced study of theoretical models of reading, research issues in reading and in other language processes. In-depth theoretical models of reading. Emphasis on critical examination and analysis of research investigating reading acquisition, maturereading behavior and related language processes.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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

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.

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