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Master of Arts in Teaching with a Specialization in Elementary Education Online

Achieve full licensure to teach in North Carolina and prepare to enrich your teaching experience.

10/03/22 Apply by
10/17/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Get to know our 100% online M.A.T. – Elementary Education program

$8,272* In-State Total Tuition
As few as 14-20 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

By earning your Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Elementary Education online from UNCP, you will gain the necessary preparation to plan instruction and apply a variety of teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. This recognized educator preparation program is a convenient and affordable pathway ideal for North Carolina teachers seeking initial teaching licensure.

As you develop applicable knowledge of the principles and theories of human growth and development, you will also enhance your abilities to use technology to engage students in learning. Graduates of the M.A.T. – Elementary Education program will have a solid foundation in teaching all aspects of elementary education including literacy, social studies, mathematics and science.

This Master of Arts in Teaching program offers an effective combination of rigorous coursework delivered 100 percent online and field experience along with a student teaching internship. Learn from our supportive School of Education faculty who are committed to student success and join respected UNCP alumni who constitute the majority of the state’s “Teacher of the Year” recipients.

The online program is designed for those who hold an undergraduate degree in education and those new to the field. The NCATE-accredited program meets the requirements for initial licensure.

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The Educator Preparations Programs at UNCP are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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Tuition

Make a cost-effective choice with an online degree

Tuition for our affordable online M.A.T. with a specialization in Elementary Education is priced with the working student in mind—plus, you can pay by the course. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$271 Per Credit Hour (In-State)
$8,272 Program Tuition (In-State)*

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Program Graduate Tuition Per Credit Hour Graduate Tuition Per 3-Hour Course Flat Fee Program Cost Including Tuition & Fees*
M.A.T. ELED (in-state resident) $270.83 $812.49 $36.75 $8,271.90
M.A.T. ELED (out-of-state) $968.27 $2904.81 $36.75 $29,195.10

*Tuition rate (in-state: $270.83/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee; out-of-state: $968.27/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee) is based on a cadence of 6-9 credit hours per semester which is two 7-week terms. Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of nine (9) credit hours for graduate students. Please consult with the bursar’s office for more information.

Additional Fees

One Time Fees

Application Fee - $55 domestic/$60 international
Orientation Fee - $20
Graduation Fee - $90 (note, students will be charged an additional $25 if fee is not paid on time)

Students will be charged a $25 readmission fee after one year of non-attendance.

Calendar

Prepare for the upcoming dates and deadlines for our online degree

For the convenience of our M.A.T. – Elementary Education online students, the School of Education offers multiple start dates each year. View the full calendar for upcoming deadlines, including when to turn in all required documents, register for classes and pay tuition for your desired program start date.

10/03/22 Next Application Deadline
10/17/22 Start Classes

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Course Start Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
06/27/2022 08/12/2022 06/13/2022 06/20/2022 06/22/2022 06/23/2022
08/22/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/15/2022 08/17/2022 08/18/2022
10/17/2022 12/02/2022 10/03/2022 10/10/2022 10/12/2022 10/13/2022

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke?

Admissions

Review the requirements for our online M.A.T. – Elementary Education program

The School of Education admission process is the first step toward earning your M.A.T. with a specialization in Elementary Education online. Find out the requirements for the program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
2.75 cumulative GPA or 2.65-2.75 GPA for provisional admission
No GRE required for admission

View full admission requirements

To be eligible for consideration for full or provisional admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed online application
  • Pay a $55 non-refundable application fee ($60 for international applicants and waived for military members)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA; or 2.65-2.75 GPA for provisional admission
  • Three professional references
  • 150-250 word personal statement
  • Submit Admission to Educator Preparation Acknowledgement Form
  • No GRE or GMAT required

Courses

Discover what you will learn in our M.A.T. – Elementary Education online courses

To earn the M.A.T. with a specialization in Elementary Education online, students must complete ten core courses inclusive of the internship for a total of 30 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the foundational fields of education: philosophy and psychology, with an emphasis on the development of an appreciation for the role and responsibility of the teacher as the instructional leader in the educational community. Corequisite: EDN 5460: Field Experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the areas of focus addressed within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This course familiarizes students with the practices, philosophies, roles and responsibilities of educators working with a diverse population of students. Corequisite: EDN 5460: Field Experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines curriculum design and research-based practices in lesson design and instructional practices, including backward design, instructional strategies such as differentiated instruction and formative and summative assessment. Corequisite: EDN 5460: Field Experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

This course is intended for students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. It is designed to provide the structured field experience that supports the practical application of theoretical constructs. Graduate students in programs at UNCP will actively engage with clinical teachers and the K-12 students to broaden their knowledge bases and engage in school-based professional activities. Course may be repeated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to develop graduate students' knowledge base related to the theory and techniques of classroom management. Emphasis is placed on how those understandings can be utilized to establish a positive and respectful learning environment for all students. A variety of classroom management programs are examined and evaluated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Culminating clinical practice for initial teacher licensure. Course requirements include completion of program and licensure requirements, including full-time pre-service student internship or in-service teaching in a public-school setting in the licensure area.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the current national, state, and local classroom assessment data practices and alignment of practices with desired classroom and inclusive student outcomes. Teacher candidates learn how to make data-driven decisions by selecting appropriate assessment instruments, observing and recording data, analyzing test scores and performance, interpreting data, and creating accommodations and plans to meet the needs of all students. Emphasis will be placed on social justice and equity related to pedagogy and assessment practices. Field Experience Required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the theoretical and practical aspects of pedagogy as it applies to effective and scientific research-based methods of teaching reading. Teacher candidates will develop the knowledge and skills to use systematic, explicit, multisensory methods to teach communication skills, reading, and written expression. The course provides foundational information about reading and writing acquisition stages, factors that impact literacy development, and the nature of literacy difficulties. Emphasis includes phonological awareness, comprehension strategies, study skills, technology use in the inclusive elementary classroom, questioning, discussion skills, and integrating writing and literature across the curriculum. The course will give particular attention to understanding students' varied cultural, linguistic, experiential, and literacy-based assets and the importance of recognizing multiple literacies. Students will also examine the role of culture and diversity as it informs teaching practices and learner behaviors. Field Experience Required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of mathematics processes and pedagogies that support developmentally appropriate mathematics instruction in grades K-6. Current standards, research, educational practices, technological skills, and instructional materials are analyzed in relation to an inclusive, comprehensive, balanced approach to planning, instruction, and assessment. Teacher candidates critically examine research-based theories and best practices that support learners' developing mathematics skills and reasoning. Particular attention will be given to understanding the role of culture and diversity as it informs teaching practices and learner behaviors. Field Experience Required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the scientific processes and pedagogies that support developmentally appropriate instruction in process skills and science concept understanding and instruction in grades K-6. Current standards, research, educational practices, technological skills, and instructional materials are analyzed concerning a comprehensive, balanced approach to science instruction. Teacher candidates critically examine inclusive, research–based theories and best practices that support learners' developing science skills and understanding of concepts in life, physical, earth/space science, and health/wellness. Particular attention will be given to understanding the role of culture and diversity as it informs teaching practices and learner behaviors. Field Experience Required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the sociocultural context and pedagogies that support developmentally appropriate instruction in global citizenship, diversity, equity, and inclusion instruction in grades K-6. Current standards, research, educational practices, technological skills, and instructional materials are analyzed in relation to an inclusive, comprehensive, balanced approach to global citizenship instruction. Teacher candidates critically examine research–based theories and best practices that support learners' developing global citizenship and the embracing of diversity. Emphasis will be placed on identifying gaps, tensions, and misalignments in elementary curricula to include the selection of supplemental resources and practices. Field Experience Required.

*Tuition rate (in-state: $270.83/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee; out-of-state: $968.27/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee) is based on a cadence of 6-9 credit hours per semester which is two 7-week terms. Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of nine (9) credit hours for graduate students. Please consult with the bursar’s office for more information.

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