Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program provides talented liberal arts college graduates with a challenging program of study within their academic discipline while preparing them for careers as high school teachers. The Program is open to students with undergraduate majors in English, mathematics, social studies, and the sciences. MAT combines graduate level work in the teaching field with education courses and a two-semester internship under the direction of carefully selected and trained mentor teachers in Durham's public high schools.

The objectives of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Duke are to:

  • Attract exceptionally well-qualified candidates with strong liberal arts backgrounds into the teaching profession.
  • Provide students further depth in the teaching discipline through graduate work in the field.
  • Impart to students the skills and professional knowledge needed to teach the subject to diverse students.
  • Enable students to diagnose and solve problems of teaching and learning by teaching them the skills of reflection and analysis.


Duke University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Master of Arts in Teaching program at Duke is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Earning Teaching Certification

Teacher Certification is administered at the state level across the United States. As an approved North Carolina program, MAT recommends graduates to the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction for advanced level certification. The North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction has reciprocal agreements with most states, and many states recognize teacher certification for graduates of colleges and universities accredited by CAEP.