The MAT program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that is 100% online and leads to both an initial teaching license and a master’s degree in as little as a year-and-a-half (full-time).
You will be prepared to teach in any type of learning environment, including in-person, remotely or a mix.
In the MAT program, 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.
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.
Our MAT in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education program prepares engineering and technology teachers for grades 7-12 by building on a candidate’s strong background in engineering and technological literacy. Coursework and field experiences develop strong pedagogical content knowledge as it relates specifically to teaching middle and high school engineering and technology education.
The program prioritizes the use of technology as candidates develop expertise with hand-held and computer-based technologies used for learning and teaching engineering and technology. Candidates are expected to engage as scholars to synthesize research literature on learning and teaching engineering and technology and use research-based methods in their planning, instruction and assessment of students.
The semester after a student has completed a minimum of 15 hours, he or she must complete the following to continue in the program:
- Keep a minimum average of 3.0 in all course work.
- A Criminal Background Check
- 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
- 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 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 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.
Course of Study
MAT participants can undertake this program full-time or part-time. The program includes 10 courses (30 hours).
|Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.|
MAT Core Courses (Required for all MAT students):
ECI 579 – Behavioral Management of Inclusive Classrooms
ED 508 – Diversity in Classroom and Community
ED 507 – Developing and Interpreting Assessment
ED 569 – Full-semester Student Teaching Experience
|MAT Specialty Area Courses (18 hrs TOTAL)Technology, Engineering, and Design Education |
EMS 505 Methods of Teaching Science I (includes content related to Engineering and Technology Education)
EMS 506 Methods of Teaching Science II (includes content related to Engineering and Technology Education)
TED 530 – Foundations for Teaching Technology
TED 558 – Teaching Creative Problem Solving
TED 552 – Curricula for Emerging Technologies
TED 555 – Developing and Implementing Technology Education
TOTAL: 18 hours
|PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS: 30|
Approximate total program cost (North Carolina residents) for the MAT in elementary education program: $1,599.21 per 3 hour course, or $15,992 total
Visit the NC State’s Graduate Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about tuition and fees.