Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.): Special Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is designed for individuals who do not already hold a bachelor’s degree and/or professional teaching license in Special Education.  The M.A.T. program is a 39 credit hour program comprised 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 Special Education.  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 complete the remaining requirements for 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 program planning sheets, refer to the links on the left-hand side of this page.  For more information on the M.A.T, please visit pathwaytoteaching.com or contact Kevin Parsons in the Office of Teacher Education Advising, and Licensure (TEAL) at 704-687-8811 or  kfparson@uncc.edu.  You may also contact Dr. LuAnn Jordan Jordan (Special Education Adapted Curriculum Graduate Certification Program Director and Special Education General Curriculum Graduate Certification Program Director) at 704-687-8844 or lujordan@uncc.edu or Dr. Wendy Wood (Special Education M.A.T. Program Director) at 704-687-8854 or wmwood@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 or youth
  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. Students with a GPA below 3.5 in the Graduate Certificate may be
    considered for admission to the M.A.T. program with scores above the
    30th percentile on either the GRE or Millers Analogies Test
  4. One recommendation from a full-time faculty member who has taught
    the applicant in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching program
  5. A statement of purpose

Apply online at gradadmissions.uncc.edu.

Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the required application materials, candidates must be currently employed as a teacher, teacher assistant, or have taught within the last two years.  Candidates must submit proof of employment along with the required application materials.

Application for Graduation
The Application for Graduation must be completed via the online form available on the Graduate School Clearance for Graduation webpage by the date designated on the University Academic calendar.

Clinical Field Experiences
Most courses require students to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in public school settings.  These experiences broaden their ability to help all students learn, including children with exceptionalities and students from diverse ethnic/racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic groups.  During clinical experiences, students apply research and/or evidence-based practices gained in coursework, analyze P-12 student learning, and develop the ability to positively impact all learners.  All students are expected to complete clinical experiences in at least two significantly different settings.

Candidates who are lateral entry teachers and teacher assistants must move beyond their own classrooms and schools for at least two clinical experiences.  Alternative settings must be approved by the instructor and may include schools on different schedules, after-school and summer programs, Saturday programs, and private and charter schools.  A limited number of clinical experiences may be approved in significantly different classrooms within their school of employment.  Employed candidates are encouraged to seek assistance and support from their administrators.

Capstone Experiences
The capstone experience for the M.A.T. will be fulfilled by completing the SPED 6691 (Seminar in Professional and Leadership Development) evidence project (Data-based Decision 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
The instructor of SPED 6691 (Seminar in Professional and Leadership Development) and one other assigned faculty, serving as a second reviewer, serve as members of the candidate’s culminating committee in completion of the capstone evidence project (Data-based Decision Project).

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 Special Education has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.