The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) program is designed for college graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree and want to become licensed special education teachers. Students completing this degree can become licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to teach in diverse special education settings for students with mild/moderate disabilities in grades K to 12.
This degree enables candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become excellent special education instructors at the elementary, middle, and secondary level. Students in the program will develop the professional attitudes that empower them to become lifelong learners and exemplary educational leaders through courses that focus on characteristics of learners with special needs; evidence-based special education methods used in inclusive and other settings; diagnostic and prescriptive reading and math, assessment, and IEP development; classroom and behavior management; educational and assistive technology; and other content.
The MAT program in Special Education is aligned with professional standards commensurate with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), The Council for Exceptional Children, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Graduates of the program are eligible to be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12).
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)
- Special Education (Exceptional Children) Teachers (K-12)
- Exceptional Children's Advocate or Liaison
To be eligible to apply for the MAT - Special Education degree, you must have:
- BS or BA degree from an AACSB-accredited College or University
- 24 credit hours of content-related coursework
- Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.80
- Criminal background check from county of residence
- Well-written Statement of Purpose outlining career goals in Special 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 is not required
- Thirty (30) hours of coursework
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA
- Pass Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications, Test Code 5543
- Pass Pearson Foundations of Reading, 090/091
- Pass Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest, 7813
- 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.
The University's mailing address is:
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)