Program Contact

Drinda Benge
MAT Coordinator for the Humanities
Teaching Assistant Professor

Master of Arts in Teaching

English (Secondary)

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
November 1, 2019
Application deadline for Spring 2020

Program Description

The MAT to teach secondary English is offered to those who hold a bachelor’s degree in English or 24 semester hours (not counting freshman composition) with a minimum of one class from each of the following:

  • 2 Composition/Rhetoric/Grammar
  • 3 Literature
  • 1 Literature of an Author/Genre

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
  • Combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 on GRE administration. Scores should be no older than 5 years prior to the date of admission. GRE is waived if a student has a 3.0 or higher GPA or if they have already earned a graduate degree
  • 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.)
  • ECI 579 Organization and Behavioral Management of Inclusive Classrooms (3 hrs.)
  • ED 572 Teacher Leadership (1 hr.)
  • ED 569 Teaching Internship: MAT (4 hrs.)

Specialty Area Course Requirements:

  • ECI 528 Strategies for Teaching English in Secondary Schools
  • ECI 520 The Teaching of Composition
  • ECI 521 Teaching Young Adult Literature
  • ECI 541 Reading in the Content Areas

One elective from below:

  • ECI 508 Teacher as Leader
  • ECI 522 Issues & Trends in English Language Arts Education
  • ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher
  • ECI 541 Reading in the Content Areas
  • ECI 546 New Literacies & Media
  • 500 level English course
  • Other, as approved by advisor

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.

Example total program estimate: (North Carolina Residents) for MAT in Elementary 2014-2015: $13,050 (for all 33 hours)

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