Teacher Education and Higher Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), concentration in Middle Grades

The Middle Grades program at UNCG prepares future teachers for North Carolina licensure in Middle Grades (grades 6-9) through an essential understanding of Middle Grades students and schools, rigorous content-area knowledge, and exemplary teaching practices.

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Program Contact

Beverly S. Faircloth, Ph.D.
484 School of Education Building


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Example Careers:

Middle-grades teacher (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)

Designed For

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for candidates who have a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than education and who wish to seek initial teaching licensure. MAT programs are designed for full time students and include required internships and student teaching placements with partnership schools in the area.

Career Opportunities

The MAT program in Middle Grades Teaching is designed for full time students and will include a required internship and student teaching placement with a partnership school in the area. There are also opportunities for service in programs and centers serving local middle grades students, as well as workshops designed to strengthen each candidate’s understanding and skill.

Research Interests

Faculty members associated with the Middle Grades program conduct research in a wide range of topics. These include: equity in science education; student culture/identity and learning; professional development in math education; educational psychology; sociocultural lens on learning; student belonging; teaching politics; and online education.

Program of Study

Total hours: 33 hours

Core courses (9 credits):

  • TED 535 (3) Literacy in the Content Area
  • TED 545 (3) Diverse Learners
  • TED 669 (3) Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory

Pedagogical Expertise (15 credits):

  • TED 523 (3) Legal, Historical, and Cultural Issues in ESL or TED 618 (3) Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TED 626 (3) Middle Grades Curriculum and Instruction
  • TED 647 (3) Teaching and Learning in Makerspaces
  • SES 540 (3) Introduction to Special Education or SES 611 (3) Universal Design for Learning or SES 640 (3) Policies and Procedures in Special Education
  • Select one methods course (3 credits according to the appropriate are of study:
    • TED 530 (3) Middle Grades Language Arts
    • TED 554 (3) Middle Grades Social Studies Education
    • TED 558 Middle Grades Mathematics Education
    • TED 560 Middle Grades Science Education

Professional Development/Leadership (9 credits):

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

Minimum Program Requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelors degree program in a subject other than education, including a course in each of the following:

  • One composition course
  • One literature course
  • One science course
  • One social science course
  • One course in US history
  • One math course (college algebra)
  • One course in world affairs
  • One health course
  • Other

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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 Middle Grades 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.