Master of Arts in Teaching – Graduate Degree

Degrees Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Departmental Website: M.A.T. in Comprehensive Education

Program Description: The M.A.T. was designed to enable students holding degrees other than education degrees to study in selected teaching programs at the advanced graduate level. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration and must meet the prerequisite requirements of the department housing the concentration. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in a major other than the M.A.T. concentration may not qualify for the M.A.T. and are subject to prerequisite course requirements as determined by the faculty in the department of the concentration. Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials presented by the candidate.

The program leading to the M.A.T. degree in comprehensive education requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of graduate study. The M.A.T. requires students in all concentrations to complete 18 semester hours in the professional core. A full-time, semester-long internship or the equivalent is required. The specific requirements for each concentration are listed in each concentration area. Pending satisfactory completion of state-mandated licensure requirements, the program leads to a recommendation for an initial and advanced license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Completion of degree requirements includes satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Portfolio.

Program Brochure: Social Science Education

Location of Course Offerings: varies by concentration

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • A grade point average of B or higher on all upper-level undergraduate coursework
    • Satisfactory score on the GRE General Exam - for Biology and Social Sciences concentrations ONLY
    • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study and potential as a graduate-level classroom teacher.
    • A portfolio of work demonstrating breadth and depth - for Art concentration ONLY
    • A writing sample. Directions for the writing sample vary by concentration and will include topic(s) and length specified by the concentration.
      • Art - a letter of intent to the program coordinator
      • Biology - evidence of individual research such as an undergraduate thesis or in-depth research paper
      • English - a senior level analytical essay that develops and sustains a clear argument. It should be eight full double-spaced pages or more in length; it should employ MLA documentation and use appropriate secondary sources; and it will be evaluated on the basis of content, rigor, depth, and style.
      • Social Sciences - a senior level research paper that synthesizes primary and secondary sources and develops and sustains an argument.
      • Special Education - a written essay describing professional goals and including a one to two-page single-spaced essay addressing one of the following topics (please include the prompt in your essay):
        • Why should a society provide a "free and appropriate" education to students with disabilities who will not be able to achieve academic or other skills at the same level as students without disabilities?
        • What are the most important skills or characteristics a teacher should possess, and why do you say these are the most important?
        • Describe your position on inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. What are the benefits of inclusion and the potential barriers?
        • It is a commonly held belief that gifted students do not need special services because they can "make it on their own." Why is it important for schools to provide programming for gifted and creative students?

Other: MAT and alternative licensure candidates should complete and submit the Application for Admission to Teacher Education, including additional supporting documentation.

Application Deadline: None

Prerequisites: Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials presented by the candidate.

Overall M.A.T. Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Sarah Meltzer / 828-227-3308 / meltzer@wcu.edu

Concentration Program Directors:
Art:
Dr. Erin Tapley / 828-227-3598 / etapley@wcu.edu
Biology: Dr. Sabine Rundle / 828-227-3783 / rundle@wcu.edu
English: Dr. Annette Debo / 828-227-3934 / adebo@wcu.edu
Social Sciences: Dr. Elizabeth McRae / 828-227-3481 / mcrae@wcu.edu
Special Education: Dr. Lisa Bloom / 828-227-3288 / bloom@wcu.edu
Adapted Curriculum: Dr. Karena Cooper-Duffy / 828-227-3285 / kcooper@wcu.edu
General Curriculum: Dr. Lisa Bloom / 828-227-3288 / bloom@wcu.edu

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