Master of Arts in Teaching

Requirements – 36 course units

Major Fields for Certification

To earn the Master of Teaching certification, you must have an undergraduate degree in that field of certification, or in a field closely related. We offer secondary school certification in the following areas:

  • English
  • Biology (including biological or evolutionary anthropology and anatomy, and biology)
  • General Science (including biological or evolutionary anthropology and anatomy, biology, chemistry, Nicholas School of the Environment degrees, and physics)
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Social Studies (including history, political science and cultural anthropology)

Typical Program Sequence

Typically, students begin the Master of Arts in Teaching program in July and complete all degree requirements the following June. Education practitioners teach the education courses taken in the summer prior to the internship. These faculty members (who are adjunct assistant professors) bring scholarship, research, and real-world experience to MAT. These education courses form the basis on which the internship and accompanying seminars rest. They are intended to provide MAT students with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin their internships and to help MAT candidates develop best practices to become effective teachers.

The normal sequence is as follows:

Semester Typical Student Schedule
First Summer
  • MAT 702 Educating Adolescents (3 units)
  • MAT 703 Effective Teaching Strategies (3 units)
Fall Semester
  • MAT 743 Teaching Diverse Learners (2 units)
  • EDUC 514 Technology, Society & Schools (2 units)
  • MAT 741S Internship and Reflective Practice (5 units)
  • 1 course in your major field (3 units)
Spring Semester
  • MAT 744 Teaching Diverse Learners (1 unit)
  • MAT 742S Internship and Content Methodology (5 units)
  • 1 course in your field of concentration (3 units)
Second Summer
  • 2 courses in your major field (6 units)

In some cases students choose to begin the program early and take graduate level courses in their teaching field prior to their internship year. However, during the internship year, students are required to take at least one course in their academic major each semester for a total of nine hours. This option is generally limited to Duke undergraduates who are completing their bachelor's degree and do not need a full load of courses for it in the spring. The specifics regarding this option will need to be discussed in detail with the program director.