Teacher Education and Higher Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), concentration in Elementary Education

This 12-month program prepares candidates for a career as an elementary classroom teacher with an initial license in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program is set up as a cohort model in which you take all of your classes as a team. A new cohort begins every May.

Career Opportunities

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Program Contact

Dr. Scott Howerton
487 School of Education Building


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Program Qualities:

  • Cohort based/team approach
  • Supportive and knowledgeable faculty
  • Teaching methods for all content areas; literacy, math, science, and social studies
  • Research-based methodologies
  • Partnerships with area schools
  • Collaborating with practicing teachers
  • Extensive internship experiences during and beyond traditional school hours
  • School-based practice of classroom management
  • Incorporation of technology and 21st Century Skills
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Research Opportunities

Designed For

This program is designed for people who have a Bachelor’s Degree in another discipline other than education.

Our teaching candidates come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds including communication, business, psychology, political science, etc., as well as a wide variety of careers in retail, engineering, social work, homemakers, etc. The common denominator is a strong interest to teach young students and have a direct impact on the lives of others.

Career Opportunities

Candidates spend ten hours a week in elementary classrooms; both the spring and fall semesters of their first year, collaborating with teachers as well as tutoring students and working with parents in a local literacy project. During their final semester, candidates student teach every day in an elementary classroom. Our graduates are highly recruited due to their extensive knowledge and skill developed in the program.

State-by-State Professional Licensure/Certification Data

Research Interests

“Engineering is Elementary” is a current project being developed and researched in our partnership schools. Our candidates and the cooperating teachers in their partner schools are implementing engineering practices that disrupt students’ notion of “smartness”, build on students’ interest in engineering and science as well as encourage collaboration, creativity and perseverance.

Program of Study

Total hours: 33 hours

Core: (6 hours)

  • TED 545 (3) Diverse Learners
  • TED 669 (3) Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory

Pedagogical Expertise: (18 hours)

  • TED 641 (3) Literacy I: Reading Instruction
  • TED 518 (3) Mathematics in the Elementary School I
  • TED 519 (3) Science in the Elementary School
  • TED 520 (3) Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • TED 625 (3) Mathematics in Elementary School II 
  • TED 642 (3) Literacy II: Language Arts Instruction

Professional Development/Leadership: (9 hours)

  • TED 680a (6) Clinical Experience in Teaching
  • TED 680b (3) Clinical Experience in Teaching

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 3.0 or better

Licensure Process

  • Successful completion of Program of Study and student teaching
  • Successful evaluation of all required assessments using edTPA (Proficiency in North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and Proficiency in Dispositions) during the Spring and Fall semesters.
  • Acceptable scores on both Math and Reading Licensure Exams
    1. Math (Choose one of the following)
      • Person Test 203 – Mathematics Subtest OR
      • Praxis Test 7813: CKT Math Subtest
    2. Reading
      • Pearson Test 090 – Foundations of Reading
  • Application for licensure through School of Education Office of Student Success.

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Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Elementary Education program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at tehe@uncg.edu with any questions regarding this data.