UNCP to offer new Master of Arts in Teaching
By Scott Bigelow
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors
A new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program for prospective
teachers will be offered at UNC Pembroke in the 2004 fall semester.
An evening program, the MAT is UNCP's sixteenth graduate program and
thirteenth in the field of education. The MAT is designed for lateral
entry teachers or prospective teachers with a bachelor's degree who
wish to gain licensure as well as proficiency in their academic area.
Seven specialty areas of study will be offered - art, music, physical
education, mathematics, social studies, English and middle grades. A
science program is expected to be added soon.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors hailed the new graduate program as an
"UNC Pembroke was founded as a teaching college and continues
to honor our founders through this legacy," said Chancellor Meadors.
"The MAT program strengthens and enhances our ability to supply
our region with talented and prepared teachers."
Dr. Kathleen Hilton, dean of the School of Graduate
Studies, said the MAT program will be popular with those seeking
a non-traditional route to teacher licensure.
"Because this program is designed specifically for individuals
with a bachelor's degree, who want to secure a teaching license, it
will be a popular one," Dean Hilton said. "It is a 36-39 hour
program that meets the requirements for specific North Carolina teacher
licenses and the master's degree. In addition to licensure, those who
complete the program will also earn a master's degree."
The UNC Board of Governors and the North Carolina Department of Public
Instruction approved the new program, said Dr. Warren Baker, dean of
the School of Education. Dr. Baker said the need
for qualified teachers across the region grows greater each year.
"The Master of Arts in Teaching program will help supply a teaching
force that is vital and committed," Dean Baker said. "The
MAT is a new and exciting program designed specifically for mid-career
professionals and lateral entry teachers."
"The program provides professionals with the tools they need
to be successful in the classroom by recognizing and complementing the
knowledge and expertise they have earned in their professional lives,"
Dr. Baker praised the faculty at the School of Education and the College
of Arts and Sciences faculty for their collaboration in developing the
"It's evidence of their commitment to working with public schools
to help meet the shortage of teachers in North Carolina as well as providing
more highly qualified teachers for the classroom in our region,"
For more information on the Master of Arts in Teaching program,
please contact the School of Graduate Studies at
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