Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a teaching license, or education coursework, before applying to the MAT Program?

No. MAT assumes no prior course work in education and does not accept applications from previously licensed teachers.

I want to teach at the elementary and middle school level. Does Duke offer a program for me?

Duke offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), which prepares students for careers as secondary school teachers. Duke undergraduates also have the opportunity to earn an elementary school or secondary school teaching license in addition to their bachelor degree.

What entrance tests are required?

The GRE general test is required for admission.

How does Duke's MAT program differ from other teacher preparation programs?

Duke's MAT puts more emphasis on advanced study in the teaching field and supervised experience teaching, and less emphasis on the study of education than most other teacher preparation programs.

How large is the program?

Average class size is fifteen.

Do I need to take the subject area of the GRE?

No, just the general test is required for admission.

Can I study part time?

No. We do not offer a part time option.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is typically completed in one year – students who begin the program in July usually complete the program the following June.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Indicate on the application that you are interested in being considered for financial support. Complete the Free Financial Aid Form prior to May 1.

How do I apply for the Durham Teaching Fellowship?

Indicate on the application that you want to be considered for this special award. Fill out a MAT Financial Aid Application Form and forward it directly to the MAT office. 

For more information

MAT Interim Director: Naomi Kraut
MAT Staff Assistant: Joanna Middleton

(919) 684-4353 phone
(919) 684-4483 fax

Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Duke University
01 West Duke Building
Box 90093
Durham, NC 27708

U.S. Department of Education Title II Report for Duke University is available on request.