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Master of Arts in Teaching: FAQ

What is the deadline for me to submit my application?

Application deadlines:

  • Summer admission: April 15
  • Fall admission: July 15
  • Spring admission: December 1

TeachNC will reimburse you for the cost to apply to our MAT program. View eligibility requirements and details here

Are the classes online or face-to-face?

Other than the Special Education program area, the Master of Arts in Teaching program at North Carolina State University is 100% online. Please see here for more about the on-campus requirements for Special Education.

All of our advising takes place by appointment. Please e-mail the appropriate MAT adviser.

What does the MAT program cost?

The approximate total program cost (North Carolina residents) for the Master of Arts in Teaching program is  $15,992 ($1,599.10 per course). You can review the estimated costs of attendance for information about the full cost of attendance, including expenses beyond tuition and fees.

The MAT can be completed full-time or part-time. Students typically enroll full-time for 9-10 hours per semester. Student teaching is a required full-semester and full-time experience.

What are the requirements for admission?

  • A 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. An undergraduate degree in the content/discipline or, in the absence of a content degree, 24 semester hours/credits in content relevant to the area in which you wish to teach
  • Meet the specific requirements of content area or grade level.

What if I do not have the 24 content area credits needed to be accepted into the program?

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

Are there special requirements for applicants with non-U.S. Degrees?

A minimum passing score of 100 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) AND an official course-by-course evaluation from an accredited foreign credential evaluation service are required.

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.