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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.

12/27/21 Apply by
01/10/22 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. Gain a solid grasp of the key concepts in teaching literacy and social studies as well as the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines.

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.

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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:

$270.83 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.

12/27/21 Next Application Deadline
01/10/22 Start Classes

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Course Start Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
10/18/2021 12/03/2021 10/04/2021 10/11/2021 10/13/2021 10/14/2021
01/10/2022 02/25/2022 12/27/2021 01/03/2022 01/05/2022 01/06/2022
03/14/2022 04/29/2022 02/28/2022 03/07/2022 03/09/2022 03/10/2022

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

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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 nine core courses, one elective course and student teaching 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

The purpose of this course is to provide a focus on contexts and processes through which language develops, including attainment of second languages, and the cognitive, social/emotional and cultural aspects of language. This foundation provides the framework to differentiate curricula, instruction and assessment in listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing through the use of culturally diverse and appropriate literature. Candidates will demonstrate collaboration skills with families and specialists within the school settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to assist candidates in developing a contextual perception of diverse learners and their educational needs based on information about children’s family life, culture and stages of development. Candidates will assess children’s development, align curriculum, design instruction to accommodate developmental and cultural differences, and establish respectful learning environments. Candidates will also explore ways to nurture and motivate family involvement in the education process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to assist candidates in deepening their understanding of mathematics and science in facilitating student learning. Emphasis placed on a constructivist approach to learning and incorporating research as it translates to instructional practices.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for candidates to improve student learning in social studies and language arts through systematic analysis and reflection on the cycles of teaching and learning. A primary focus is placed on connecting curriculum and instructional design, desired learning outcomes, content, diverse learners, instructional resources and assessment measures, in the context of developing global understandings and multiple literacies.

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

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with an introduction to some of the issues related to living in poverty and the impact those issues have on teaching and learning. In this course, students will address popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that perpetuate a deficit orientation to economically disadvantaged students. We will examine the role of the opportunity gap for low-income students and some of the challenges that under-resourced children and their families face, such as the problems of unequal access to early childhood education, support services in and outside of school, affirming educational environments, experienced teachers, current technology, higher-order curricula, student-centered pedagogy, and opportunities for family involvement. We will also examine attitudes, beliefs, tools, strategies and practices that can better assure a culture of achievement and full participation of all learners.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with an in-depth focus on appropriate technology applications for instruction and teachers. It is designed to help teachers construct a conceptual framework based on knowledge about technology and learn how to use that framework to individualize curriculum, instruction and assessment incorporating technology into teaching and learning based on the North Carolina Teaching Standards.

*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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