Program Contact

Dr. Cynthia P. Edgington
Assistant Professor, Coordinator
MAT in STEM Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

Mathematics Education

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, 2018
Application deadline for Fall 2018

Program Description

Our MAT in Mathematics Education program prepares mathematics teachers for grades 9-12 by building on a candidate’s strong background in the mathematical sciences. Coursework and field experiences focus on developing strong pedagogical content knowledge as it relates specifically to teaching high school mathematics. Our program is strong in the use of technology as candidates develop expertise with hand-held and computer-based technologies used for learning and teaching mathematics. Candidates are expected to engage as scholars to synthesize research literature on learning and teaching mathematics and use research-based methods in their planning, instruction and assessment of students.

Prior to admission, applicants must have a minimum of 24 hours of mathematics already taken towards the required 36 for an “A” license in 9-12 mathematics. Candidates must make up any deficiencies in their undergraduate mathematics background that will be in addition to the following coursework:

  • Calculus (12 hrs.) Any combination of undergraduate courses that equates to 12 credit hours (Generally Calculus I, II, & III)
  • Proof (3 hrs.) MA 225
  • Linear Algebra (3 hrs.) MA 405
  • Abstract Algebra (3 hrs.) MA 403 or MA 407
  • Advanced Geometry (3 hrs.) MA 308, MA 408 or MA 508
  • Statistics (6 hrs.) Any combination of undergraduate course that equates 6 hours in Statistics
  • Finite/ Discrete Math (3 hrs.) MA 351
  • Computer Programming (3 hrs.)

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.
  • Criminal Background Check

Admission Requirements

  • Strong bachelor’s degree in a mathematical science with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The GRE is no longer required for admission to the Mathematics Education 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 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.

Full Curriculum

Course descriptions can be found in the university course catalog.

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

  • ECI 507 Principles of Developing and Interpreting Assessment (2 hrs.)
  • ECI 508 Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community (3 hrs.)
  • ECI 570 Classroom Action Research (1 hr.)
  • ECI 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:

MAT Internship (8 hrs.):

  • ED 569 Enhanced Internship in Teaching (4 hrs.)
  • ED 572 Seminar in Teacher Leadership (1 hr.)
  • EMS 570 Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics (Fall) – Field Experience Required, Register in Sage (3 hrs.)

Math Education Courses (15-21 semester hrs.)

Required (6 hours):

  • EMS 580 Teaching Mathematics with Technology (Fall) (3 hrs.)
  • EMS 572 Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School (Spring, take semester prior to student teaching) (3 hrs.)

Strategies for Teaching Mathematics Content Required (3 hrs.) (Choose one of following)

  • EMS 513 Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking  (3 hrs.)
  • EMS 514 Teaching and Learning Geometric Thinking (3 hrs.)
  • EMS 519 Teaching and Learning Statistical Thinking (3 hrs.)
  • EMS 510 Interactions in Mathematics Classrooms (3 hrs.)

Mathematical Sciences Courses: (6-12 hrs.):

  • Utilizing the Pre-Admission Mathematics table select 6-12 hours of math content courses (6 hours which can be at 400 level) to compete the required 36 hours of necessary mathematics content for licensure.

*Program Completion: 33 to 42 hours (For graduation and licensure from MAT in Mathematics)

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 Mathematics 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.