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Graduate Teaching Degrees

Graduate Programs

 

Educating future teachers has been a passion of ours since WCU began as a teaching college in 1889. With that, we pride ourselves on continuing to offer unparalleled teacher education programs for professionals pursuing an advanced degree.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) was designed to enable students holding degrees other than education to study in selected teaching programs at the advanced graduate level.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach...

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows you to earn an advanced degree and a teaching license at the same time.

If you already have a teaching license...

And would like an advanced degree, the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) is designed for you. 

There are a number of residential and distance programs available, covering an array of concentrations. Whether you're looking to pursue a master's degree full-time, part-time, online or with us here in Cullowhee, there's a program to fit your path the path that you're on.

 

ONLINE PROGRAMS

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS

 

  

Online Programs

Have a degree but want to teach?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows you to earn an advanced degree and a teaching license at the same time.

Comprehensive Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT):
Concentration Options:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Eningeering, Mathematics)
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Special Education, General Curriculum for individuals interested in working with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Special Education, Adapted Curriculum for individuals interested in working with children and youth with severe disabilities

Already have a teaching degree?

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

Elementary Education, Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd):
Concentration Options:

  • Literacy
  • STEM
  • Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education (AIG)

Middle Grades Education, Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd):
Concentration Options:

  • Language Arts/Literacy
  • Math
  • STEM

Special Education, Master of Arts in Education (MAEd):
Concentration Options:

  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Severe to Profound Disabilities
  • Gifted Creative and Innovative Education

Residential Programs

Have a degree but want to teach?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to teach, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) allows you to earn an advanced degree and a teaching license at the same time.

Comprehensive Education, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT):

  • Art
  • English
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Eningeering, Mathematics)
  • TESOL (Teaching)

Already have a teaching degree?

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

Secondary Education, Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd):

  • Art
  • Biology
  • English
  • Social Sciences

Alternative Licensure

If you are a college graduate looking for a career change, Western Carolina University's alternative licensure programs may be a good fit for you. An alternate route to teaching in NC allows you to obtain a position and begin teaching right away, without any prior teacher training or experience. 

Learn more about Alternative Licensure

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