Teacher Education and Higher Education

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

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to prepare excellent science teachers for middle/secondary schools. The program is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of science, the nature of science, and the ways students learn science and to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to assume roles as science teacher leaders in today’s increasingly diverse high school settings. University and clinical faculty are committed to teacher education and development.

Licensure upon graduation: A Licensure in Comprehensive Science Education 6-9 or 9 -12

Career Opportunities

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Program Contact

Dr. Sara Heredia


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Example Careers:

Middle school science teacher
Secondary science teacher

Designed For

This program is designed for pre-service science teachers or lateral entry science teachers who have a bachelors in a science content area and would like to teach science at the middle/secondary level, and are not yet licensed to do so.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include licensed middle/secondary science teachers who are equipped to work with a diverse student population in the science disciplines.

Research Interests

Research interests include empowering and inclusive science education; youth identity work in science; diverse learners and educational Equity; and community-based science learning for youth.

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Program of Study

Total hours: (33 hours)

Core courses (9 credits):

  • TED 535 (3) Literacy in the Content Area
  • TED 545 (3) Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning
  • TED 669 (3) Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory

Pedagogical Expertise (15 credits):

  • TED 559 (3) Teaching Practices & Curriculum in Science
  • TED 623 (3) Environmental Education
  • TED 647 (3) Teaching and Learning in Makerspaces
  • TED 657 (3) Nature of Science, Technology, and Society
  • Select one science content course (3)

Professional Development/Leadership (9 credits)

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

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or a related field
  • GPA scores that meet Graduate School standards
  • TED 535 (Reading in the Secondary School and Content Area)
  • TED/LIS 120 (Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educational Settings) or equivalent

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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 Science Education Programs. 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.