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Master of Arts in Teaching FAQ’s

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.  Applicants for the M.A.T. in Health and Physical Education must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a related field (e.g. exercise and sports science, physical education, health and wellness) or a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience.

What are the requirements for the program?

All specialty areas are 36-39 credit hours. Upon successful 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 in the Fast Track program beginning in the fall semester,  you can be finished in as little as 16 months (one year and one semester). If you enroll in our Flex program the program can take 28 months (two years and one semester) or more, depending upon your needs. 

When are classes held?

Classes are once a week for three hours between the hours of 5:00 – 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 5:00 – 8:30 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?

Yes; however the fast track option may take longer than 16 months.  You will need to meet with your advisor to develop a planned program. 

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.  For each three credit hour class, students should plan to spend on average 6-9 hours each week on field experiences, class preparation, and assignments. 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.

I am an Instructional Assistant. How will my field experience work?

According to North Carolina law, if you are enrolled in a state-approved Education Preparation Program (EPP) and employed by a North Carolina Public School, you are entitled to continue to receive your salary and benefits while completing your field experience. You may be able to complete most fieldwork assignments in your school of employment with permission from your administration and program coordinator. For your internship semester, your program coordinator will assign you to a different school for your student-teaching experience.   

Are Meredith’s teacher education programs accredited?

Meredith is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation system, 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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You can connect with a graduate admissions counselor in a variety of ways—choose the one that’s most convenient for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Valencia Hicks-Harris
(919) 760-8316

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After graduating with her MAT, Larissa Bryant, ’13, was well prepared to become a teacher and to have a positive impact on her students’ future.

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After graduating with her MAT, Larissa Bryant, ’13, was well prepared to become a teacher and to have a positive impact on her students’ future.

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