Program Contact

Joanna Greer Koch
Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching ESL
Teaching Assistant Professor

Master of Arts in Teaching

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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).

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.

Important Dates
June 1, 2019
Application deadline for Fall 2019

Program Description

The English as a Second Language (ESL) K-12 Education MAT program in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Counselor Education prepares candidates to teach English as a second language in grades K-12.

The program includes several methods courses, clinical work related to working with English Language Learners (ELLs) and an apprenticeship with an ESL specialist.

Successful completion of the program, including the PRAXIS II for ESL, results in a North Carolina ESL licensure in grades K-12.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

* 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. Depending on the content area, the program is approximately 33 credit hours, including a full-semester student teaching experience.


Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

MAT Core Courses 15 semester hours (Required for all MAT students):

  • ED 507 Principles of Developing and Interpreting Assessment (2 hrs.)
  • ED 508 Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community (3 hrs.)
  • ED 570 Classroom Action Research (1 hr.)
  • ED 571 Inquiry and Professional Development (1 hr.)
  • ED 572 Teacher Leadership (1 hr.)
  • ED 569 Teaching Internship: MAT (4 hrs.)
  • ECI 579 Organization and Behavioral Management of Inclusive Classrooms (3 hrs.)

Specialty Area Course Requirements (18 hrs.):

  • ECI 524: Linguistics for ESL Professionals
  • ECI 527: Methods and Materials in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ECI 536: Perspectives on English as a New Language
  • ECI 541: Reading in the Content Areas
  • ELM 537: Teaching Children’s Literature
  • ELM 572: Methods for Teaching Reading

Additional Info

CAEP_LogoCost will vary based on your plan of study. The 15 core MAT classes are all Distance Education (DE) and will have DE tuition. The specialty courses are on campus, online or a hybrid. Students typically enroll in 9-10 hours per semester and classes are paid on a per-semester basis. This does not include additional content courses, if they are needed.

Visit the NC State’s Graduate Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about tuition and fees.