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Master of Arts in Teaching, Comprehensive Education

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

You may earn a license to teach science or math in grades 6-9; or science, math, English, or social sciences in grades 9-12. For grades K-12, you may earn a license to teach in art, special education adapted curriculum, special education general curriculum or TESOL.

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Thursday September 24, 2020 at 7pm

Register for an online info session about our online master's program for working professionals. Join us for one of our upcoming online information sessions to learn more. We will share exciting information about each program including application information, program highlights and an opportunity to ask questions of the program director or faculty member. Be sure to register in advance for this session!

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Program Concentrations

The MAT’s Art concentration leads to an initial K-12 license in Art Education at the end of phase 1 and an advanced license and master’s degree conferral at the end of phase II.

Admission Criteria:

  • Related bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • 3.0 average on last half of undergraduate program
  • A letter of intent to the program coordinator and a portfolio of work demonstrating breadth and depth
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Program Requirements (39 hours):

Admission into the Teacher Education Program

Phase I: (24 hours)

  • 15 semester hours professional core 
  • 9 semester hours of internship and seminar

Phase II: (15 hours)

  • 15 semester hours of advanced methods and content 

Exit Portfolio

State-required licensure examinations

Additional Important Information

GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The MAT's Social Sciences concentration leads to an initial license for grades 9-12 in Social Sciences Education at the end of phase 1 and an advanced license and master’s degree conferral at the end of phase II.

Admission Criteria:

  • Related bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • 3.0 average on last half of undergraduate program
  • A senior level research paper that synthesizes primary and secondary sources and develops and sustains an argument
  • Satisfactory score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Program Requirements (36 hours):

  • Admission into the Teacher Education Program
  • 15 semester hours professional core 
  • 21 semester hours of advanced methods and social sciences content
  • State-required licensure examinations

Additional Important Information

GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The MAT’s STEM concentration leads to an initial license for grades 6-9 or 9-12 in Science or Math at the end of phase 1 and an advanced license and master’s degree conferral at the end of phase II.

Admission Criteria:

  • Related bachelor of science degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • 3.0 grade point average
  • Passing score on the State Board of Education (NCSBE) required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Program Requirements (36 hours):

Admission into the Teacher Education Program

Phase I: (21 hours)

  • 12 semester hours professional core 
  • 9 semester hours of internship and seminar

Phase II: (15 hours)

  • 15 semester of advanced methods and content

Exit portfolio 

Additional Important Information

GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The MAT’s TESOL concentration leads to an initial license for grades K-12 in English as a Second Language (ESL) at the end of phase 1 and an advanced license and master’s degree conferral at the end of phase II.

Admission Criteria:

Relevant bachelor of science degree from a regionally accredited institution 
3.0 grade point average
Three letters of recommendation 

Program Requirements (36 hours):

Admission into the Teacher Education Program

Phase I: (27 hours)

  • 12 semester hours professional core 
  • 15 semester hours advanced methods, internship, and seminar

Phase II: (9 hours)

  • 9 semester of advanced methods and content

Exit portfolio 

Additional Important Information

GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The MAT’s Special Education concentration leads to an initial license for grades K-12 at the end of phase I and an advanced license and master’s degree conferral at the end of phase II. The General Curriculum track is for individuals interested in working with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities, or the Adapted Curriculum track is for individuals interested in working with children and youth with severe disabilities.

The program consists of a professional core, pedagogy courses, and a concentration in General Curriculum for individuals interested in working with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities or Adapted Curriculum for individuals interested in working with children and youth with severe disabilities.

Admission Criteria:

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
3.0 average on last half of undergraduate program or 2.85 overall GPA 
A written essay
Three letters of recommendation 
Acceptance into Western Carolina University's Graduate School

Program Requirements (39 hours):

Admission into the Teacher Education Program

Phase I: (30 hours)

  • 27 semester hours professional core and content 
  • 3 semester hours of full-time internship

Phase II: (9 hours)

  • 9 semester hours of advanced methods and content

Exit Portfolio

State-required licensure examinations

Learn More About the Special Education Graduate Programs

Additional Important Information

Graduate School Admission Requirements

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 AND THE RESIDENCY LICENSE 

Concentration Contacts

Concentration Name Phone Email
Art Dr. Erin Tapley 828.227.3598 etapley@wcu.edu 
Social Sciences  Dr. Elizabeth McRae 828.227.3481 mcrae@wcu.edu
Special Education Dr. Lisa Bloom 828.227.3288 bloom@wcu.edu 
STEM Rachel Wike 828.227.3431 rwike@wcu.edu
TESOL Rachel Wike  828.227.3431  rwike@wcu.edu

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