The Master of Arts in Teaching program is a one-year (four-semester) program allowing individuals to earn a Master’s degree and teaching license in one of 13 different areas of concentration.
The Licensure Only pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and want to complete coursework before they obtain a teaching job.
Lateral Entry Teachers are individuals employed as a teacher of record in a North Carolina school system that hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the subject area they are employed to teach.
The Individual Lateral Entry pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and are currently employed as a teacher of record in a public school or public charter school in North Carolina.
The NCTeach pathway is a fast-track option for lateral entry teachers currently teaching in North Carolina to clear their provisional license. NCTeach operates in a cohort model and is offered 100% online.
Office of Alternative Licensure
The Licensure Only pathway to teaching is for students who have a degree from a regionally accredited university and want to complete coursework before they obtain a teaching job. There is a two semester Internship I and II requirement that must be completed in one of our Latham Clinical Schools Network districts. Licensure Only programs will vary by content area. The length will depend on your background in the content area and how many courses you are willing to take each semester. Students must take classes each semester in order to maintain eligibility to register. Should you skip a semester, you will be required to be re-admitted to the university. Many students who select this option may choose to search for available teaching jobs. If obtaining employment as a teacher, our Alternative Licensure Office will work to revise the plan of study to one of our Lateral Entry Options.
To help you through the program, from the application process to final licensure, use the Licensure Only Step-by-Step Guide.
If you are interested in obtaining teaching licensure, there is also a
Master of Arts in Teaching option. The
Master of Arts in Teaching program provides individuals with undergraduate
degrees in particular majors to earn a teaching license and graduate degree
simultaneously. Featuring 14 different concentrations, the MAT program
(with the exception of Special Education) is completed in one year, beginning
in summer 2 semester and finishing at the end of the next summer 1 semester;
includes a full-semester internship; and requires both face-to-face and on-line
Hispanic Studies Concentration
Paula Howell is a Master of Arts in Teaching graduate student with a concentration in Hispanic Studies. Originally from Ohio, Paula has had a unique interest in Spanish language and culture from a young age. After working in the Study Abroad field for several years, Paula decided to return to school to bring the wonders of Spanish to students directly by becoming a licensed teacher of the language. Through the MAT program, Paula is enjoying the challenging and fulfilling journey of becoming a foreign language educator and is excited to bring her passion for the subject to the classroom.