General Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is a one-year (four-semester) program allowing individuals to earn a Master’s degree and initial teaching license (A level) in one of 14 different areas of concentration.

Prerequisites: Individuals must hold an undergraduate degree in their field of study or a closely related area of study.  For example, individuals wishing to earn an MAT in English Education are required to have either an English or Journalism undergraduate degree.  The only exceptions are Elementary Education or Special Education, two programs that accept a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees.

Core classes and method of instructional delivery: Students in the MAT program, regardless of concentration, take a common core of five(5) classes (TCHR 6010, 6011, 6020, 6030, and SPED 6000), all of which  are presented in a face-to-face format. Some concentrations (PE and SPED, for example) utilize an online format for their specific content-area courses, but other concentrations (ELEM, ENED, and Hispanic Students, for example) employ only a face-to-face format.

Internships: All MAT candidates have a one-day-a-week internship in the fall semester and a full-time (5-days-a-week) internship in the spring semester. Interns are placed in schools that are members of the Latham Clinical Schools Network, located within eastern North Carolina

Application components:

  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate work – The required undergraduate GPA is 2.7.
  • Graduate Exam – Applications are required to take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT), score at an appropriate level, and have the results sent to ECU.
  • Professional Recommendations – Applicants will submit the email addresses of three individuals who agree to complete recommendation forms regarding the potential of the applicant to engage successfully in graduate work and in the field of education. ECU will email the forms directly to the recommenders.
  • A Statement of Purpose – Each applicant must compose a 1-2 page statement of purpose explaining why she or he wishes  to be admitted to the program and to become a teacher.
  • Personal Interview – Applicants who meet all requirements listed above will be invited to campus for a personal interview with the MAT program coordinator and concentration representative
  • Application Deadline – All components of the application must be fully completed and received by ECU’s graduate school by May 1st of the year of desired acceptance

Graduate tuition cost: Tuition for one year (two summer semesters, 1 fall and 1 spring semester) will depend on whether the applicant is a resident of North Carolina, as there is a difference between the tuition costs for in-state and out-of-state tuition.  Information on graduate tuition can be found at

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