Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.): Child and Family Studies: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Kindergarten)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is designed for individuals who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Development:  Birth through Kindergarten.  The M.A.T. program is a 39 credit hour program composed of two phases, the Graduate Certificate phase (Phase I) and the Master's degree completion phase (Phase II).  Completion of Phase I of the M.A.T. leads to the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in Birth-Kindergarten.  Phase I requires 27 credit hours of coursework, including the graduate internship experience.  Upon completion of Phase I, qualified candidates may apply for Phase II to work towards the Master’s degree and qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License. 

All courses for both phases of the M.A.T. must be completed within six years.  Coursework within Phase I/Graduate Certificate must be completed within four years.

To see a program planning sheet, refer to the link on the left-hand side of this page.  For more information on the M.A.T, please visit pathwaytoteaching.com, or contact Ms. Jamie Brown (Child and Family Development Graduate Certification Program Director) at 704-687-5920 or j.brown@uncc.edu or Dr. Katherine Swart (Child and Family Development M.A.T. Program Director) at 704-687-8841 or kjmccab1@uncc.edu.

For application materials, please visit gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School
Please refer to admission information in the “Graduate School” section of the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Teaching (M.A.T. Phase I Initial licensure only)

  1. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution
  2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  (For alternative ways to demonstrate
    academic competence, applicants may contact the Office of Teacher
    Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) at 704-687-8725 or
    trecruitment@uncc.edu.) 
  3. Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable of the applicant's
    interaction with children and families
  4. A statement of purpose
  5. A clear criminal background check

Apply online at gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

Admission Requirements for M.A.T. (Phase II) Program

  1. Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Teaching
  2. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching *
  3. One recommendation from a full-time faculty member who has taught
    the applicant in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching program
  4. A statement of purpose

Apply online at gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

*Students with a GPA below 3.5 in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching may be considered for admission to the M.A.T. program with scores above the 30th percentile on either the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test.

Capstone Experiences
The capstone experience for the M.A.T. will be fulfilled by completing the action research project.

Advising
Upon acceptance into the program, all students are assigned an advisor.  Students are expected to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss their coursework.

Licensure
Upon successful completion of the M.A.T. Phase I/Graduate Certificate, students are recommended for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License.  For this initial license, students are required to complete an electronic licensure portfolio that is created during coursework and the internship.  Upon successful completion of the M.A.T. Phase II, students are recommended for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License.  For the Professional 2 license, students are required to complete an advanced electronic licensure portfolio during coursework.

Committees
Students should consult with their academic program advisor in the selection of the committee.  The committee chair should be selected for content knowledge of the subject area that is selected for the culminating experience.  This person should hold a graduate faculty appointment in the CHFD program.  Two additional committee members should be selected for knowledge and expertise in the student’s subject area.  One of the additional members may be external to the student’s department.

Program Accreditation/Approval
All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The M.A.T. in Child and Family Studies:  Early Childhood Education (Birth-Kindergarten) has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.