Program Contact

Drinda Benge
MAT Coordinator for the Humanities
Teaching Assistant Professor

Master of Arts in Teaching

Social Studies (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 2019

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
  • Combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 on GRE administration. Scores should be no older than 5 years prior to the date of admission. Note: 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. 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 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.


Overall cost will vary based on your plan of study. The 15 core MAT classes are all Distance Learning (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 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 Social Studies 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.