Master of Arts in Teaching

We create opportunity through education, and that’s exactly what our Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (MAT) program is all about—sending highly-qualified teachers into our schools so they can help provide opportunities for the next generation.

At Lees-McRae, you will be taught by full-time faculty and experts from the field who model dedication and passion every day, and will make sure you leave not only with a certificate or degree, but also with the knowledge and drive to be a great teacher.

With an existing bachelor’s degree you can take what you already know and love, pair it with graduate-level instruction in education, and find or continue a teaching career. 

How the Program Works

Upon completion of the program, students receive a license in secondary education with a concentration in one of three areas—history/social studies, biology, or English. All students in the program will complete his or her degree through two stages to fit their professional and personal needs.

How the Program Works
The initial stage, which lasts the first three terms of the program, is configured to allow students to take their state teacher license examination, and be recommended for a North Carolina teaching license, prior to their intended graduation.

Because of this, students can enter the classroom sooner and gain experience ahead of their peers. This gives students the opportunity to work while concluding the final term or “advanced stage” in order to earn their master’s degree.

The flexibility of our MAT program—with traditional classroom or online options—means you can start your education on campus, get a teaching job, and finish the degree without any interruption! It’s truly a degree that meets you where you are and starts on your schedule.

What You’ll Study

Our long history of educating teachers in western North Carolina and beyond, means that we have strong partnerships with school districts for student teaching opportunities, class observations, and more. You will experience a term-length supervised field experience—directed student teaching—in an accredited school setting in the subject and grade levels of the licensure concentration. Lateral entry teachers may even use their own classrooms to complete their directed student teaching component.


This program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. Applicants are not required to have previous undergraduate training in teacher education.

Applicants should have:

  • BA or BS from an accredited four-year college or university and a cumulative GPA of 2.75, with a commensurate minimum GPA in content-area undergraduate coursework
  • GRE minimum scores of 135 in both Verbal and Quantitative and a 3.5 in Analytical Writing
  • ETS Content Specialty Area minimum passing scores of: Biology/Science 150, English Language Arts 167, or Social Studies/History 158 (by the end of the first semester)

See full admission steps


Dr. Pam Vesely
Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education
Director of Education

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