College of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution of higher education and who desire to attain an initial teaching license in a specific content area. The College of Education will recommend individuals who complete the degree program and licensure requirements successfully to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for a teaching certification.

Program Areas for the MAT

The College of Education at North Carolina A&T State University offers the MAT degree in 12 discipline areas. These areas are as follows:

Admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching program

Prospective candidates interested in the MAT degree must apply for admission via an application on the website of the Graduate College. Graduate Admissions Application Portal. Admission requirements include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • 24 hours of content-related coursework at grades of C or higher
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher from the undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • Criminal background check from county of residency
  • Completed Graduate College application, including official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, letters of reference submitted online, and application fee
  • Complete and submit MAT Teacher Education Admission Statement/Supplemental Application

Contact Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is housed in the Department of Educator Preparation in the College of Education. Dr. Cailisha L. Petty, MAT Coordinator, is available to provide all MAT candidates and applicants with assistance and answer any questions about the application and/or teacher licensure process. Additionally, each concentration area has a program coordinator who advises MAT candidates in that area. To learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching, you may contact the following persons by concentration area:





MAT Coordinator/Biology

Dr. Cailisha Petty

(336) 285-4417

Business Education

Dr. Lisa Snyder

(336) 334-7657

Chemistry Education

Dr. Etta Gravely

(336) 285-2231

Child Development (B-K)

Dr. Valerie McMillan

(336) 285-4859

Elementary Education

Dr. Kellee Watkins

(336) 285-4434

English Education

Mrs. Marlene Hendricks

(336) 285-2627

Family & Consumer Sciences

Dr. Valerie McMillan

(336) 285-4859

Health & Physical Education

Dr. Gloria Elliott

(336) 285-3546

History Education

Dr. Arwin Smallwood

(336) 285-2324

Math Education

Dr. Bampia Bangura

(336) 285-2067

Special Education

Dr. Nicole Dobbins

(336) 334-7848

Technology Education

Dr. Vincent Childress

(336) 202-8142


Financial Assistance

Some candidates enrolled in the MAT degree program may qualify for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, which is funded by the United States Department of Education. The TEACH grant program was effective as of July 1, 2008 was established benefit eligible North Carolina A & T State University students who have the desire to serve as teachers. Recipients of the TEACH Grant must agree to serve as a highly-qualified full-time teacher in a high-need field in a low-income school for a minimum of four years. To learn more about this award, click the TEACH grant application for 2019-2020.

Other Financial Aid Options:

  • North Carolina A&T Teacher Residency Program for STEM and Elementary Teachers
  • Preparing Exceptional Teachers through Accountability and Collaboration for Special Education Teachers
  • Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship for STEM Teachers

Other financial awards may be available via the Financial Aid Office (336-334-7973), via the College of Education (336-334-7757), or through specific concentration coordinators. Please contact us to learn more.