GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION
AT MEREDITH COLLEGE
Whether you’re a licensed teacher or looking to transition into the profession, Meredith’s graduate programs in education will make you stronger. Schools are known to seek out and hire our teachers. Why? Because Meredith’s personalized approach to education empowers our graduates to make an impact in the classroom.
Statement from the Department:
Students in our schools need and deserve antiracist teachers who are not afraid to teach, learn, and lead the way toward equitable schools and a just society.
Our Graduate Programs in Education
Meredith believes strong teachers change lives. We have a long history of creating talented educators who positively impact students. Our coeducational programs ensure teachers are prepared to lead and serve in the broader community.
We offer three different graduate programs in education: a Master of Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and post-baccalaureate licensure. Licensure through residency, licensure only, and add-on licensure are available as well.
Concentrations: Elementary education, English as a second language, Literacy, Special education
- Our M.Ed. is for licensed K-12 teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge and prepare for a new role in education.
- An M.Ed. prepares students for leadership positions within schools or school systems.
- Classes blend in-person, hybrid, and online courses.
- Courses are scheduled from 5 – 7:50 p.m. in the fall and spring semesters and 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the summer session. Classes meet once weekly during the school year and twice weekly in the summer.
- The program is 33-36 credit hours, and the average time to complete the degree is 2.5 years.
Concentrations: Elementary education, English as a second language, Special education
- Our M.A.T. is for those who do not hold a teaching license but want to become a teacher. It is also for those who are pursuing licensure through residency.
- The program offers small classes, a collaborative learning environment, and hands-on professional development.
- Most classes meet in person on Meredith’s campus and are scheduled from 5 – 7:50 p.m. in the fall and spring semesters and 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the summer session. Courses meet once weekly during the school year and twice weekly in the summer.
- The M.A.T. program is 36-39 credit hours and leads to M-level licensure.
Concentrations: K-12 Art, K-12 Theatre, K-12 Dance
- This licensure option is open to those with an appropriate undergraduate degree or graduates who are approved through a formal review by the designated department.
- The post-baccalaureate licensure is ideal for residency teachers already teaching these subjects.
- It can also benefit someone interested in obtaining their initial license before they start teaching.
- The post-baccalaureate licensure is 27 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 16 months.
- Courses are scheduled in the evening.
Why Choose Meredith’s Graduate Programs in Education?
- Our coeducational graduate programs are open to all.
- Alumni of Meredith’s graduate programs in education have a strong job placement rate.
- 98% of M.Ed. graduates are currently employed as teachers.
- 100% of M.A.T. graduates seeking teaching positions are employed.
- Significant support is offered for beginning and advanced teachers.
- Federal Education Loans for Service (FELS) is a forgivable loan program available for M.A.T. and M.Ed. students.
- Competitive cost and financial assistance are available.
- M.Ed. students have access to the Federal TEACH Grant (ESL, literacy, and special education/general curriculum), financial aid, and need-based scholarships.
- M.A.T. and post-baccalaureate licensure students have access to scholarships, grants, and loans.
- The College has strong partnerships with more than 20 public schools in the area, giving students hands-on and culminating experiences.
- M.A.T. and post-baccalaureate licensure students complete a semester-long practicum or internship in a public school during their last semester of study. They also produce a professional reflections portfolio
- The internship begins with observing and assisting in the classroom, continues with individual student and small group lessons, and builds to full responsibility for planning and instruction.
- Flexible schedule with in-person, evening, online, and hybrid classes.
- Educators who graduate from Meredith are prepared for the ever-changing educational environment.
- Students of the M.Ed. program work together to understand the power of collaboration and positive relationships effective in school leadership.
- Meredith is accredited under
- Examples of student success include
- Abla Awadallah, ’19, pursued her M.A.T. after finding a love of teaching while working with refugees in Palestine. She now works as an English as a second language (ESL) teacher, where she is a voice for her students and hopes to implement better ESL programs nationwide.
Entrance exams (GRE) are not required for admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs.
Careers in Education
Educators change lives for the better. They help nurture and grow the strengths, interests, passions, and love of learning within students. Becoming an educator means becoming a role-model and source of inspiration for future generations.
Meredith’s graduate programs in education enrich graduates through academic rigor and integrity, meaningful field experiences connected to course content, and ongoing advising and professional support. Those who graduate from Meredith are prepared to give their students a safe and comfortable learning environment, where students will thrive academically and socially.
- Potential jobs for those who graduate with an M.Ed. include
- education specialist
- curriculum leader
- corporate trainer
- The average salary for new teachers with an M.Ed. in Wake County is $41,275.
Graduate La’Na Holden, ’19, currently works as a Coordinating Teacher for Special Education Services in the Wake County Public School System.
- Potential jobs for those who graduate with a M.A.T. include
- special education teacher
- English as a second language teacher
- elementary education teacher
- The average starting salary for new teachers with an M.A.T. in Wake County is $46,285.
Graduate Ashlee Little, ’18, now works as an elementary school teacher in the Wake County Public School System.
- Potential jobs for graduates with post-baccalaureate licensure in the arts include
- K-12 art teacher
- K-12 theatre teacher
- K-12 dance teacher
Meredith College has a proud history of educating strong teachers. With graduate programs for those who want to become educators as well as established teachers, Meredith offers competitive tuition, financial aid opportunities, ongoing teacher support, and a highly personalized learning environment.
Marion Escoto,’18, M.A.T., teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) and was named Teacher of the Year at her school.
At Meredith, Beth Garner, ’14, M.A. in Teaching, found flexibility, guidance, and financial support through a FELS grant to achieve her goal of becoming an ESL teacher.
La’Na Holden, ’19, M.Ed., returned to school to obtain her M.Ed. because she is passionate about always looking for ways to grow and learn.