Degree Programs

MAT FAQs

General Overview

The MAT program is a thirty-nine (39) credit graduate degree program that consists of two phases. It is primarily designed for persons who hold a bachelor's degree or teach in public or private schools and do not hold a North Carolina Standard Professional I license (formerly called the Initial "A" license).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the application process for admission consideration?
  2. What are the minimum criteria for admission consideration?
    • A non-teaching bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better
    • Three professional references qualified to validate your professional experiences (principals, teachers, employers, supervisors, etc.).
    • GRE/MAT scores
  3. May I transfer graduate transfer hours from another institution?
    Transfer of credit hours from accredited institutions is subject to departmental approval.

  4. What are the requirements for program completion?
    • The requirements for program completion are successful continuation of Phase I and continuation through Phase II. 
    • Phase I of the MAT program is designed to prepare candidates to become eligible for the Standard Professional I license.
      • Phase I requires field experiences in P-12 classrooms. Students must
        plan their schedules to accommodate these expectations.
      • All field placements must have prior approval by the Office of Student Teaching.
    • Phase II of the MAT program is designed to prepare candidates to become eligible for the Professional Advanced (M) license.
      • Candidates are required to be in P-12 classrooms during the school day to conduct the action research and leadership assignments.
      • Candidates must complete a culminating product/e-portfolio to provide evidence that the standards and competencies of the program have been addressed.
  5. What grade point average (GPA) must I have to remain in good academic standing?

    In addition to maintaining the requirements of the Graduate School, MAT candidates must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all professional and content area courses. A candidate may earn no more than two grades of "C." Please refer to the WSSU School of Graduate Studies and Research Catalog for academic standing requirements.

  6. What are professional and academic content area courses?

    Professional courses are the education courses that relate to the art and science of teaching (pedagogy).

    Academic content area courses relate to the subject matter in the teaching area.

  7. How many content area credit hours are required for a Standard Professional I license?

    In addition to the required professional education courses, candidates must have a minimum of twenty-four (24) approved credit hours in the teaching area. All content area courses must be approved by the program coordinator.

  8. What is the licensure exam requirement?

    In order to fulfill the requirements for the Standard Professional I license, candidates must pass the Praxis II examination in the teaching area.

  9. When may I apply for my Standard Professional I license?

    You may apply for the Standard Professional I license after you have satisfactorily completed the required professional education and content area courses and passed Praxis II in the licensure area.

  10. When may I apply for the master's degree?

    You may apply for the master's degree in the School of Graduate Studies and Research after you have met all of the requirements for the MAT program and upon recommendation of the program coordinator.

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