Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

Duke University's MAT Program partners with Durham Public High Schools to prepare culturally responsive teachers who focus on relationships with students and reflection on their teaching practice. 

The Program provides individualized support for teacher candidates, in part through a collaborative cohort model. MAT candidates conduct a 27-week-long internship at two Durham Public Schools under the guidance of experienced mentor-faculty. Through graduate-level education and content-area coursework, students develop their teaching skills and become thoughtful leaders in the field of education.

Licensure Content Areas:

The twelve-months Master of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for individuals interested in getting a license to teach in the following content areas:

  • Secondary English Education

  • Secondary Social Studies Education

  • Secondary Science Education

  • Secondary Math Education

To earn the Master of Arts in Teaching certification, you must have an undergraduate degree in that field of certification, or in a field closely related.

Course Sequence
First Summer (Summer II term)

MAT 702 Educating Adolescents (3 units)
Students will examine learning as a constructive process, including how mental frameworks organize memory and guide thought, the role metacognition and motivation play in learning, and why social interaction is paramount to cognitive development. Students will also consider identity development in adolescence and the social world of teenagers. Fieldwork observations at the School for Creative Studies will comprise a component of this course.

MAT 703 Effective Teaching Strategies (3 units)
What is involved when a teacher creates and orchestrates an effective lesson? Students will delve into how teachers facilitate the engagement of all students, as they backwards plan, activate students' prior knowledge, incorporate a variety of learning modes, use formative assessments, apply before-during-after scaffolding, leverage technology, allow opportunities for student processing, ask critical thinking questions, and provide a safe and supportive learning environment for their students. 

Fall Semester

MAT 743 The Practice of Culturally Responsive Teaching (2 units)
Students will think critically about what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher in terms of reaching all students through relevant lesson planning, differentiating instruction, using a variety of assignments and assessment methods, and fostering a safe and collaborative learning environment for their students. Students will also learn strategies for teaching English language learners and will consider what effective classroom management looks like and feels like and why. 

MAT 741S Internship and Reflective Practice (4 units)
During fall semester MAT students are placed in supervised internships in local high schools under the direction of trained and certified mentor teachers. The accompanying seminar provides students with an understanding of the adolescent as learner, and opportunities for directed reflection on themselves as teachers and learners, and their students as learners. Open only to MAT students.

2 Duke graduate-level content courses (6 units)

Spring Semester

MAT 744 Leading Through Teaching (3 units)
Students will define what it means to be a "teacher leader" through participating in collaborative work with teacher colleagues, administrators, and school staff, and by conducting qualitative action research at their school sites.  This course will facilitate student teacher involvement in the myriad work that goes into serving students outside of classroom instruction, as they explore the vital roles that teachers play in the health of their schools and communities.

MAT 742S Internship and Reflective Practice (6 units)
During this 9-week, full-day internship at a Durham Public High School, students will work with an experienced mentor teacher to build a classroom community, foster relationships with students, and plan and implement effective instruction. In addition to teaching in their mentor's classroom, students will participate in all aspects of a teacher's day, from hall duty to lunch duty to communication with parents. Students will engage in consistent reflection on their teaching practice, guided by their mentors and university supervisors.

1 Duke graduate-level content course (3 units)

Second Summer (Summer I term)

2 Duke graduate-level content courses (6 units)



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Our MAT Program can be combined with a MEM or MF degree. Visit this page for more information.