Professional Course Work
The MAT is a two phase program consisting of 42 hours of graduate professional education course work in Phase I and 9 hours of graduate professional education course work in Phase II. All students must earn a grade of C or better in all education courses. A 12 credit hour student teaching internship in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS) is required. This experience is the capstone of Phase I. Enrollment in EDUC 499 Professional Internship takes place only after the completion of all Phase I professional course work.
A comprehensive written examination is required. The examination is taken at the end of Phase II when all other program requirements are satisfied. Students must successfully complete the examination before they are awarded the degree. The exam is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.
Program of Study
The MAT program is designed to offer North Carolina licensure in elementary education to those who have undergraduate degrees in majors other than education. The program is structured in two phases. At the end of Phase I, candidates apply for initial "A" level licensure. Courses in Phase II cannot be taken prior to finishing Phase I or prior to obtaining the "A" initial level license. At the end of Phase II, candidates earn the MAT and upgrade to an advanced masters "M" level license.
Suggested Course Sequence
Students may begin the MAT program in any term - spring, summer, or fall. A sequence of courses can be developed for individual students by the Education Advisor. The following are suggestions to make the program more meaningful.
EDUC 518 Foundations and Curriculum in Elementary Education should be taken as early in the program as possible
EDUC 527 Teaching Reading & Other Language Arts should be taken before EDUC 524 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading Techniques
Application for Student Teaching
MAT students must apply for student teaching in the term preceding their planned student teaching semester (EDUC 499). All Phase I professional course work must be completed before the student teaching semester.
To be accepted a student must:
- Have positive recommendations by two Queens faculty members;
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.500;
- Have a major grade point average of 2.75;
- Earn a grade of C or better in all education courses;
- Have acceptable Student Disposition Forms from both student and faculty;
- Be in good standing at the University; and
- Receive the approval of the School of Education faculty and the Teacher Education Committee.
- Print, complete and return to the Cato School of Education the appropriate application:
Elementary Education Student Teaching application
The course of study for Phase I provides candidates with teaching competencies identified by The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
EDUC 504 Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution
EDUC 510 Educational Psychology
EDUC 513 Math Methods and Materials
EDUC 514 Educational Technology
EDUC 518 Foundations and Curriculum in Elementary Education
EDUC 524 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading Techniques
EDUC 527 Teaching Reading & Other Language Arts
EDUC 533 Science Methods and Materials
EDUC 540 Social Studies Methods/Materials in the Elementary School
EDUC 548 Vocabulary and Content Study of Reading
EDUC 499 Professional Internship (12 Hrs.) OR EDUC 498 Supervised Internship for Lateral Entry Teachers
Additional Requirement for initial licensure:
Pass appropriate PRAXIS II Tests
Submit Technology Portfolio
In conjunction with course requirements, the program requires field experiences in a variety of grade levels in the CMS System. Field experiences related to methods courses will be arranged with the course instructor. Each candidate is responsible for completing the field hours required in the methods courses. Each field experience placement consists of opportunities for candidates to:
Observe students and teachers in a learning environment
Assist teachers with professional responsibilities
Provide direct teaching and management experience in one-on-one or small group Settings
Phase II courses may not be taken before the completion of Phase I. Only candidates who have been recommended for licensure by Queens and who have received A level licensure may enroll in Phase II. The course of study for Phase II is designed to extend NCDPI competencies and match the core competencies required for advanced licensure.
EDUC 503 Educational Research and Evaluation
EDUC 525 Diversity in Schools
*EDUC 551 Teacher as Researcher
*EDUC 552 Seminar in Reflective Practice
*NOTE: EDUC 552 is a co-requisite to EDUC 551. Students enroll in 551 and 552 in the fall semester, however, these classes continue through the spring semester and final grades are awarded at completion of these courses in May. The MAT is conferred once 551/552 are complete. Once the degree is conferred a student then applies for advanced level M licensure.
Additional Phase II Requirements:
The Action Research Project is the culminating activity for Phase II. Candidates conduct original research as part of EDUC 551 Teacher as Researcher and report it as a publishable paper, and present it at an Action Research Symposium.
The Comprehensive Examination allows candidates to demonstrate their ability to synthesize program knowledge. The examination is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.