The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Biology Education degree is designed for college graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related discipline and want to become licensed Biology Teachers. Students completing this degree are licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to teach Biology education courses in grades 9 to 12. The degree enables candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become excellent instructors at the secondary level. The MAT program is designed for individuals who have a four-year college degree who desire a teaching license in the state of North Carolina. The MAT degree option is ideal for recent college graduates, lateral entry teachers, teaching assistants with baccalaureate degrees, and mid-career changers who possess a wealth of content knowledge and career-related experience.
Teacher Education Licensure: Completing this master’s degree and obtaining a teaching license are separate processes. Admission to this master’s program does not guarantee admission to the Educator Preparation Licensure Program. To be recommended for licensure, candidates must first be formally admitted to the Educator Preparation Program. Failure to complete the Educator Preparation admission requirements during the first semester of enrollment may result in the student’s inability to register for certain required courses. Applicants and current students should visit the College of Education for guidance on specific requirements for graduation and licensure test/assessment requirements.
Specializations (or Careers)
- High School Biology Teacher (9-12)
To be eligible to apply for the MAT - Biology Education degree, you must have:
- BS or BA degree from an AACSB- accredited College or University in a biology discipline (or a bachelor degree with at least 24 credits of biology coursework with grades of C or better)
- Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.80
- Well-written Statement of Purpose outlining career goals in Biology Education
- Three (3) recommendations (professional and academic only; personal recommendations such as family, friends, church members, etc. are not acceptable.)
- Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
- No current teaching license (other than temporary or residential)
- GRE- not required
- Thirty (30) hours of coursework
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA
- Pass Praxis II Exam
- Biology: Content Knowledge- 5235
- Two-semester clinical practice experience
- Clinical I: 60 hours
- Clinical II: Full instructional day for the entire semester
- Pass edTPA portfolio
- Requires employment in NC public schools and enrollment in NC approved educator preparation program
- All Residency License applications must be submitted via the NCDPI Online Licensure system by an NC employing school system
For more information, visit: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
Professional Licensure Disclosure
North Carolina A&T State University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Participation in NC-SARA allows the University to provide distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states and territories outside North Carolina. However, NC-SARA does not grant automatic reciprocity with other states or exempt N.C. A&T from the professional licensing requirements required by other states or territories.
If you reside outside of North Carolina and are interested in completing an online or distance-education program with North Carolina A&T State University that leads to a professional license or certification in your home state, it is imperative that you understand the regulations and requirements for your home state PRIOR to enrolling in any academic program.
N.C. A&T’s Teacher Education programs meet the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in North Carolina and are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The University is in the process of determining the licensure requirements for its professional licensure programs but a determination has not been made whether N.C. A&T’s Teacher Education programs meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification for the following states and territories.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The University's mailing address is:
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
Learn more about professional licensure at https://www.nc-sara.org/resources/professional-licensure.
For program-related questions:
Cailisha L. Petty, Ph.D.
Department of Educator Preparation
College of Education
For assistance with the admissions process:
The Graduate College
For assistance with the registration process:
Trevor Taylor, Student Services Coordinator
336-285-3798 or (888) 498-6752 (Toll-Free)
Toni McRae, Business Services Coordinator
336-285-3811 or (888) 498-6752 (Toll-Free)