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IS THE GRE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION INTO THE MAT PROGRAM?

The Graduate College at North Carolina A&T State University does not require the GRE examination for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. To learn more about admission requirements, visit the Graduate College's website at www.ncat.edu/tgc/admissions.

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY UNDERGRADUATE GPA IS BELOW 2.80?

All hope is not lost if your undergraduate cumulative grade point average was below a 2.80. You may consider taking courses as a Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student. A PBS student is allowed to take up to 12 credit hours at the graduate level to demonstrate his or her ability to handle the rigors of a graduate program. You should engage in conversation with the appropriate MAT degree program coordinator to determine if the PBS route is beneficial to your situation and, if so, what courses you may take that could potentially transfer directly into the MAT program of interest. PBS students should apply through the Graduate College.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE MAT PROGRAM?

All MAT programs are 30 credit hours in length. How many years it takes to complete the program really depends on the student and how many hours she or he takes during a semester term. If courses are taken on a full-time basis (i.e., 9 credit hours) during the fall and spring term as well as during the summer months, a candidate could potentially complete the program in 18 months or 1.5 years. The longest amount of time a candidate could spend to complete the program is 24 months or 2 years.

ARE ANY COURSES IN THE MAT PROGRAM OFFERED ONLINE?

The majority of the courses in the MAT degree is offered online so you can fulfill coursework wherever you are located. Some degree programs like the MAT Elementary Education and MAT Business Education are offered entirely online. Other degree programs like MAT Math Education or MAT Chemistry Education currently offer the majority of its program online but several courses are designed for face-to-face delivery. You should contact the appropriate program coordinator to discuss course delivery options.

WHAT IS THE "CLINICAL PRACTICE" COURSE THAT I SEE IN EVERY MAT DEGREE PROGRAM PLAN OF STUDY?

All MAT students regardless of discipline area must complete a full-time student teaching experience in an approved public school alongside an accomplished clinical educator (i.e., current certified Prekindergarten to 12th grade classroom teacher). This full-time student teaching experience requires each MAT candidate to demonstrate in a real-world way that she or he has grasped the central aspects of planning instruction, engaging students using research-based responsive and developmentally appropriate teaching techniques, assessing and evaluating student learning via appropriate instruments, and leading within the classroom and school.

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