Secondary (9-12) and Special Subject (K-12) Education Graduate Programs

The School of Teaching and Learning offers two options for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Secondary or Special Subject Education.

M.A.T. in Comprehensive Education

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If you already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach the subject you majored in, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) allows you to earn an advanced degree and a teaching license at the same time. You may earn a license to teach grades 9-12 in biology, English, or social science.  For grades K-12, you may earn a license to teach in art, special education adapted curriculum, or special education general curriculum.

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration or a closely related major. It also requires an interview and communication with the director in that concentration. Their names and contact information are listed below.

The M.A.T. in Comprehensive Education leads to a teaching license in the following concentrations:

M.A.T. Information and Checklists

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Program Course Requirements

M.A.Ed. in Secondary Education

If you already have a teaching license, but would like an advanced degree, the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) is designed for you.

The program leading to the M.A.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate study consisting of professional core hours and hours within a concentration of your choosing (art, biology, English, social sciences). Each of the concentrations leads to a recommendation for Advanced Competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Concentrations may have additional requirements for admission specific to the concentration. Completion of degree requirements includes a satisfactory portfolio demonstrating advanced competencies for all concentrations. An oral and/or written exam may be required for some concentrations.

Visit the Graduate School for information on admissions, tuition, financial aid, and graduate assistantships.

Since a majority of your work is done in your academic concentration, contact the appropriate Program Director for information in specific programs. You can choose from one of the following concentrations:

M.A.Ed. Information and Checklists

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Program Course Requirements

Graduate Concentration Program Directors

 Concentration  Name Phone  Email
Secondary/Special Subject Area Program Coordinator Dr. Sarah T. Meltzer 828-227-3308 meltzer@wcu.edu
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 
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