Master of Arts in Teaching

 

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MAT SESP Summer I* February 9, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 15, 2020 (Recommended)
Graduate Coordinator Program Coordinator – Dr. Kristin Papoi (papoi@email.unc.edu)
Program Assistant – Jia Liu (jialiu@email.unc.edu)
Address School of Education
CB# 3500, Peabody Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website soe.unc.edu/academics/mat
Phone 919-962-7232
Test Requirements

In light of the diminished testing capacity due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving the admission test requirements for the 2021-22 admission cycle. These test(s) are licensure completion requirements to be attempted prior to program completion, as COVID-19 restrictions ease.  See the licensure testing page for more information https://ed.unc.edu/academics/programs/master-of-arts-in-teaching/licensure/.

Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

GPA requirements
You must be in good academic standing and priority will be given to candidates with a 3.0 or higher cumulative. We recognize that a GPA reflects only one facet of a candidate’s preparation for graduate study. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates with GPAs below this threshold to apply. In this case, you must include a brief justification for why you are a strong candidate in your statement of purpose.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation from people who know them well academically and/or professionally.  At least one of the three letters should be from someone qualified to assess a candidate’s academic ability/potential.

Transcripts
Transcripts from all post-secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions, extensions programs, study abroad and four-year universities) are required to be uploaded in the application. Each applicant should obtain an unofficial copy of their transcripts and either upload the document directly if it is in an accepted format or scan it into a file that can be uploaded. It is the responsibility of the applicant to view each upload and make sure it is clear and legible. If a degree was earned at any post-secondary institution, the transcript upload must show proof of degree.

Admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions to the Graduate School as well as the School of Education.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose should address the following:

  • What are your reasons and goals for pursuing a career in teaching?
  • Why do you think the MAT at UNC-Chapel Hill is the right program to help you meet those goals?

All applicants will be required to have an interview with program faculty as part of the application process.

All MAT applicants must have (or currently be enrolled in a program leading to) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Areas of Interest

  • ESL (K – 12)
  • Elementary Education (Kindergarten – Grade 6)
  • Special Education (K-12)
  • Secondary Science Education (Grade 6-9 and/or Grade 9-12)
  • Social Studies (Grade 6-9 and/or Grade 9-12)
  • English/Language Arts (Grade 6-9 and/or Grade 9-12)
  • Mathematics (Grade 6-9 and/or Grade 9-12)

ELEMENTARY, SPECIAL EDUCATION & ESL

Required Courses

  • LING 101: Introduction to Linguistics (or equivalent)
  • EDUC 532: Learning and Development or PSYC 250 Child Development (or approved equivalent)

Highly Recommended UNC Courses

  • EDUC 567: Children’s Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools
  • MATH 307: Revisiting Real Numbers and Algebra

SCIENCE EDUCATION (6-9 and/or 9-12)
Bachelor’s degree in related content area or 24 hours of approved content consisting of three (3) student credit hours from each of the following categories. Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • Biology
    • Ecology
    • Botany
    • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Sciences
    • Geology
    • Earth Science
  • General Sciences
    • Astronomy
    • Physical Geography
    • Genetics
    • Anatomy and Physiology

*An additional nine (9) student credit hours may be earned across these five categories to complete the 24 hours.

SOCIAL STUDIES (6-9 and/or 9-12)
Bachelor’s degree in related content area or 24 hours of approved content consisting of three to six (3-6) student credit hours from each of the following categories (as indicated below). Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • US History
    • Survey of US History
    • US History Since 1945
  • World History
    • World Civilizations
    • World Regional History courses, such as Asia, Africa, etc.
  • U.S. Government and Civics
    • Minority Politics
    • American Politics
  • Geography
    • World Regional Geography
    • Physical Geography
  • General Social Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

*An additional nine (9) student credit hours may be earned across these five categories to complete the 24 hours.

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS (6-9 and/or 9-12)
Bachelor’s degree in English or 30 hours of approved content consisting of three to six (3-6) student credit hours from each of the following categories (as indicated below). Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • British Literature (Medieval) Chaucer-Pope (3 credit hours required)
  • British Literature (Romantic) Wordsworth-Eliot (3 credit hours required)
  • Shakespeare (3 credit hours required)
  • Pre-1660 Literature (minimum 3 credit hours required)
    • Renaissance Drama
    • Literature of the Early or Late Renaissance
    • Renaissance Women Writers
    • Milton
    • Old English Literature
    • Renaissance Authors
  • 1660-1900 (6 credit hours required)
    • 18th century literature, drama or fiction
    • Irish writing 1800-2000
    • English Romantic Period
    • American Literature pre-1860 or 1860-1900
    • The American Novel
    • Southern American Literature or Southern Women Writers
  • Post 1900 (3 credits required)
    • The Western
    • American Poetry
    • Introduction to Latino/a Studies
    • Jewish American Literature
    • Contemporary NC Literature

*An additional nine (9) Student Credit Hours may be earned across these categories to complete the 30 student credit hours required for the MAT program. Undergraduate majors in English may include 30 or more required credit hours.

Recommended UNC Courses—for BA/MAT or HDFS majors interested in 6-12 English MAT

  • ENGL 313 Grammar of Current English (or equivalent)
  • ENGL 314 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 368 African American Literature, 1930-1970 OR ENGL 369 African American Literature 1970-present
  • ENGL 373 Southern American Literature
  • ENGL 374 Southern Women Writers OR ENGL 446 American Women Authors

MATHEMATICS (6-9 and/or 9-12)
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or 24 hours of approved content consisting of three (3) student credit hours from each of the following categories. Examples of possible course names or topics are listed below each category.

  • Concepts in Algebra and Geometry
    • Linear Algebra
    • Abstract Algebra
    • Real Numbers and Algebra
  • Discrete Math
    • Computational Discrete Math
    • Discrete Structures
  • Calculus of Functions of One Variable I & II
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Calculus III
    • Advanced Calculus
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • Stat I
    • Biostatistics
    • Probability
  • Geometry
    • Euclidian and Non-Euclidian Geometry
    • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
    • Computational Geometry

*An additional nine (9) student credit hours may be earned across these five categories to complete the 24 hours.

Incomplete Applications
All application materials, including letters of recommendation and matched official test scores, must be received by the application deadline.  Score matching does not begin until applications are submitted and can take up to a week to match, so please plan accordingly.  Applications that are incomplete after the deadline will NOT be reviewed for admission.

All application materials are submitted electronically.  Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, is complete by the application deadline.  Failure to do so will result in your application not being reviewed for admission.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered