Overview of Graduate Programs

Three master’s degree programs are available in graduate teacher education.

Initial Licensure – Master Teacher Fellows (MTF). This thirteen-month program involves coursework and fieldwork, including one semester of full-time student teaching. Students must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent coursework) in one of our content areas: English, Foreign Languages (French or Spanish, K-12), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), and Social Studies. See MTF Curriculum (PDF).

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

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 (PDF).

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).


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