The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Child Development, Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten) program (MAT B-K) is designed for college graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies, early childhood education, consumer sciences or a related discipline and want to become licensed early care and education teachers. Students completing this degree will be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to teach young children birth to age 5 (with and without disabilities) and support their families in learning environments such as community-based child care and early childhood programs, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms (public and private).
The degree enables candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become excellent early educators. 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, residency license (formerly 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)
The Child Development, Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten) (MAT B-K) program prepares candidates for careers in teaching, family service agencies, extension agencies and community agencies. Possible career options include, but are not limited to:
- Teacher of Young Children (B-5 years) - center-based or classroom-based (public and private)
- Teacher of Young Children (B-3 years) - home-based
- Child Care Center Director
- Administrator/Director of Center Based Children and Youth Programs
- Child, Youth and Family Program Coordinators
- Early Education Specialist
- Environment Accreditor/Assessor/Regulator
- Child Development Specialist
- Professional Development Program Coordinator
- Technical Assistant Specialist
- Early Intervention/Prevention Specialist
To be eligible to apply for the MAT - Child Development, Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten) degree, applicants must have:
- BS or BA degree from an AACSB-accredited college or university with 24 credit hours of content-related coursework
- Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.80
- Well-written Statement of Purpose outlining career goals in Child Development, Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten)
- 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 is not required
- Thirty (30) credited hours of coursework
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA
- Pass Praxis II Exam
- Early Childhood Test Code 5025 (optional)
- Two semesters of 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
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.
Learn more about professional licensure.
University Mailing Address
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
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)