Overview of Graduate Programs


Three master’s degree programs are available for prospective graduate students.

Initial Licensure – Master Teacher Fellows (MTF). This program involves coursework and fieldwork, including one semester of full-time student teaching. It is offered at the secondary (grades 9-12) and elementary (grades K-6) levels.  For secondary, students must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent coursework) in one of our content areas. The secondary program lasts thirteen months, and the elementary program lasts 1.5 years.

Further information about specific content areas is available as follows

See curriculum templates for MTF Elementary Program  or MTF Secondary Program.

Advanced Licensure – Master Teacher Associates (MTA). This program provides an extension of the candidate’s current teaching license. It lasts for thirteen months and includes coursework and other requirements to foster extension of the candidate’s development in content, pedagogy, and leadership. This program is offered at the elementary and secondary levels. See MTA Curriculum

Non-Licensure – Master of Educational Studies (MES). This program is for students who are interested in education but choose not to seek a teaching license. See MES Curriculum

Certificate Program. A new Certificate program is available. The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Certificate is appropriate for those with elementary, secondary, or higher education interest.  See Certificate Template

Program CharacteristicsSarah Neggers, Leslie Parker, and Mary Beth White on the quad in front of Wait Chapel.

  • Academics – Environment of academic rigor and high achievement
  • Faculty – Nationally-recognized faculty experts in each content area
  • Research – Plan, conduct, and report an original study on teaching
  • Field Work – Observation, tutoring, and internship with master teachers in local public schools
  • Technology – Learn to integrate technology into teaching
  • Colleagues – Cohort groups of like-minded future teachers
  • Financial Aid – Eligible for generous financial support, including full scholarships

All programs are fully accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

For more information about Graduate Teacher Education