MAT IN Secondary Education- 9-12

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The Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education 9-12 (MAT) program offers students from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning a North Carolina Master Level Teaching License. This program will introduce effective practices for teaching the content area which candidates have received their undergraduate degree to high school students. The MAT in another field, but the classroom and your ability to influence the future are both calling out to you. Upon successful completion, students will become certified in one of the following:

  • Biology 9-12
  • Chemistry 9-12
  • Earth Science 9-12
  • English 9-12
  • History 9-12
  • Mathematics 9-12
  • Social Studies 9-12

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.

It is suggested that EDUC 518 Foundations and Curriculum in Elementary Education should be taken as early in the program as possible, and that EDUC 527 Teaching Reading & Other Language Arts should be taken before EDUC 524 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading Techniques.

All students must apply to the Cato School of Education for admission to the Teacher Education program (TEP). Students may only take five EDUC courses before being admitted to the TEP. Applications to the TEP can be obtained in the School of Education Office in Jernigan 203.

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.


Learn about admissions process and requirements for the secondary education degree.

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The Cato School of Education has a long-standing commitment to provide educators with the skills needed to deal with the complexities of today's classroom setting. Our faculty provide transformational experiences for our students as they develop into the best teachers that they can become.

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