Social Studies - Middle Grades

 

Master of Arts in Teaching | Social Studies - 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 Social Studies MAT program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks to prepare teachers to effectively educate young adolescents, while being responsive to their unique needs, interests and abilities. Graduates earn licensure for teaching in grades 6-9 in social studies. Students are admitted in the spring, summer 1, or fall semesters.

A bachelor’s degree in a social science or 24 semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and/or sociology is a pre-requisite for this program.

Students may be required to take additional courses to better prepare for teaching the middle grades social studies curriculum:

  • 6th Grade Social Studies: Beginnings of Human Society to the Emergence of the First Global Age (1450)
  • 7th Grade: The Great Global Convergence (1400-1800) to the Present
  • 8th Grade: North Carolina–Creation and Development of the State

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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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

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

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

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

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 535 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades

Units: 3

For preservice middle school social studies teachers. Focus on: teaching and evaluation skills, adaptation of instruction to individual learner differences, identification and creation of instructional materials appropriate for use in social studies teaching. Cannot earn credit for ECI 435 and ECI 535.

Offered in Fall Only

ECI 526 - Theory and Research On Teaching and Learning Social Studies

Units: 3

A critical analysis of the literature relating to the teaching and learning of social studies and the drawing of implications for instructional practices.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2019 Spring Term

Social Studies Concentration - Choose One

ECI 630 - Independent Study in Curriculum and Instruction

Units: 1 - 3

Independent curriculum or research project in curriculum and instruction.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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ECI 620 - 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

ECI 727 - Special Problems in Social Studies Education

Units: 1 - 6

In-depth study of topical problems in social studies education selected from areas of current concern to practitioners in education.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1

ECI 524 - Theory and Research in Global Learning

Units: 3

An examination of theoretical frameworks for global learning and comparative studies of various national approaches to K-12 education. This course provides students with multiple lenses through which to consider how we teach and learn given the demands and opportunities present in our interconnected world.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1

Approved graduate social science course

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