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Drinda Benge
MAT Coordinator for the Humanities
Teaching Assistant Professor

Master of Arts in Teaching

Social Studies (Middle Grades)

The MAT program is an accelerated teacher licensure program that offers a 100% online option 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.

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Important Dates
July 15, 2020
Application deadline for Fall 2020

Program Description

The Middle Grades Social Studies MAT program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks to prepare teachers to effectively educate young adolescents, while being responsive to their unique needs, interests and abilities. Graduates earn licensure for teaching in grades 6-9 in social studies. Students are admitted in the spring, summer 1, or fall semesters.

A bachelor’s degree in a social science or 24 semester hours in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and/or sociology is a pre-requisite for this program.

Students may be required to take additional courses to better prepare for teaching the middle grades social studies curriculum:

  • 6th Grade Social Studies: Beginnings of Human Society to the Emergence of the First Global Age (1450)
  • 7th Grade: The Great Global Convergence (1400-1800) to the Present
  • 8th Grade: North Carolina–Creation and Development of the State

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 NCSU 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. 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 (3 hrs.)
  • ED 508 Diversity in Classroom and Community (3 hrs.)
  • ED 507 Developing and Interpreting Assessment (2 hrs.)
  • ED 569 Full-semester Student Teaching Experience (4 hrs.)

Specialty Area Course Requirements (Sample Full-Time Course Rotation):


  • ECI 550 Foundations of Middle Years Education (3 hrs.)
  • ECI 535 Methods & Materials for Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades (3 hrs.)
  • ECI 525 Contemporary Approaches in the Teaching of Social Studies (3 hrs.)
  • ECI 526 Theory & Research on Teaching & Learning Social Studies (3 hrs.)
  • One social studies concentration (3 hrs.). Options:
  • ECI 630 Special Topics in Social Studies Education
  • ECI 620 Independent Student in Social Studies Education
  • ECI 727 Special Problems in Social Studies Education
  • ECI 524 Theory & Research in Global Learning
  • Approved graduate social science course

Additional Info

CAEP_LogoApproximate total program cost (North Carolina residents) for the MAT in middle grades social studies education program: $13,850 ($1,385.64 per course)

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