Program Contact

Drinda Benge
MAT Coordinator for the Humanities
Teaching Assistant Professor

Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching
Program: Teaching

DE Track: Social Studies (Secondary)

Delivery Method: Online

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.

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Important Dates
April 1, 2021
Summer 1 and Summer 2 Application Deadlines

May 1, 2021
Fall Application Deadline

Program Description

The Social Studies Education MAT program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction prepares teachers to teach secondary social studies including history, political science, government, civics, geography, and behavioral sciences. To view NC curriculum for required and elective secondary social studies, click here.

The program results in licensure in grades 9-12 and focuses on a combination of social studies subject matter and pedagogy related to preparing young people for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States.

The MAT to teach secondary social studies is offered to those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a social science (economics, geography, history, political science, psychology or sociology) or 24 semester hours/credits with a minimum of one class from each of the following:

  • US History Pre 1865
  • US History Post 1865
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • World History
  • History of a non-Western Culture
  • Geography 

Students are admitted in the spring, summer 1, or fall semesters.

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
  • Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related health, economic, and social challenges, GRE test scores are waived for applicants applying for all graduate programs in the College of Education for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Read more about this decision.
  • 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:

  • ECI 563 Methods & Materials in Teaching Secondary Social Studies (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.)
  • Two advanced social studies (6 hrs.). Options:
  • ECI 727 Special Problems in Social Studies Education
  • ECI 524 Theory & Research in Global Learning
  • Graduate level (500 or above) social science (anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology) and/or EDP 582 Adolescent Psychology/EDP 504 Advanced Educational Psychology

Additional Info

CAEP_LogoFor NC State History Majors interested in pursuing a teaching license via the MAT:

  • CHASS students adhere to the same admissions standards as all other MAT applicants. CHASS students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher can apply for an Individualized Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s opportunity through which up to twelve (12) hours of graduate-level credit can be double-counted for their undergraduate and MAT degrees. Students must complete all necessary paperwork and submit it to the MAT Coordinator. In order for credits to be double-counted, students must earn at least a B (3.0) in each course. Under University Regulation 02.25.11, ABM students must complete their master’s degree within 12 moths of finishing the bachelor’s degree.
  • Any CHASS student may take graduate-level courses during their undergraduate work with adviser approval. Up to 12 hours of graduate-level credit with a B (3.0) or better may be counted toward a master’s degree as long as the credits do not count toward the undergraduate degree.


Approximate total program cost (North Carolina residents) for the MAT in secondary 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.