Master of Arts in Teaching / FAQs

Am I eligible for the MAT program?

You are eligible to apply for admission if you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

What are the requirements for the program?

All speciality areas are 39 credit hours. On completion of the program, you will earn a North Carolina "M" level license.

How long will it take to complete the program?

If you enroll full-time, the program takes 17 months (one year and one semester). If you enroll part-time, the program takes 29 months (two years and one semester). 

When are classes held?

Classes are once a week for three hours between the hours of 5 – 7:50 p.m. for 15 weeks in the fall and spring semesters. Summer sessions are six weeks and classes meet twice a week from 4:30 – 8 p.m.

What are the GRE requirements?

Target scores for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) include:

  • verbal — 148 or higher
  • quantitative — 150 or higher
  • analytical — 4.0 or higher

Please plan to take it early in case you need to retake the exam. We accept the highest combination of your scores.

Can I begin in the spring or summer semesters?

The MAT program is designed to be a developmental sequence so students are only admitted in the fall.

How much time in addition to class will I need to spend on my studies?

The MAT is an evening program which requires flexibility for field experiences during daytime hours. Student teaching the last semester is conducted during school hours.

Can I arrange my own field experiences and student teaching?

Field experiences and student teaching will be arranged by Meredith faculty in the education department. The design of the program is to have meaningful field experiences connected to course content in diverse placements.

Are Meredith’s teacher education programs accredited?

Meredith is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC).

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Strong Story | Larissa Bryant

Larissa Bryant, ’13, earned her MAT at Meredith College. She was well prepared to become a teacher and to have a positive impact on her students’ future. Since graduating, she has received ongoing support from professors, which has only made her a stronger teacher.

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