Master of Arts in Teaching

Duke University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

Duke University's MAT Program is a leader in experiential-based teacher education with a long-track record of preparing leaders in the field of education. The program offers two degree programs:

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree:

The one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for individuals interested in learning how to teach in the following areas:

  • English Education
  • Social Studies Education

  • Science Education

  • Math Education

  • Math-Physics 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.

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.

MAT/Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Dual-Degree: 

The MEM/MAT dual-degree program is designed for individuals interested in being leaders in Environmental Education or Outdoor Education, either within schools or environmental sites. The curriculum for this dual-degree is created in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment and catered to meet the individual needs of each student. Internships in Environmental Education organizations or site-based outreach are facilitated. The MAT/MEM degrees take 2.5 years to complete. 

Requirements – 36 course units

FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT:

The program currently has two fellowships available for highly-competitive candidates:

The Durham Teaching Fellowship: Approximately eight candidates per year are selected for the prestigious Durham Teaching Fellowship, a fully-funded graduate fellowship supported by the President’s Office, Trinity College of Arts and Science’s, and the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Each Durham Teaching Fellow is provided with an additional $8,000 living stipend during the academic year (August-May).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Fellowship: Approximately six science or math candidates per year are selected for the NSF Duke Noyce Fellowship, a partially-funded graduate fellowship supported by the National Science Foundation and Duke’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Each Noyce Fellowship is provided with at least $30,000 of tuition support and an additional $8,000 living stipend during the academic year (August-May).

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 the MAT Program. 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.