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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.