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?

The Duke Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program prepares graduate students for careers as high school teachers. Duke undergraduates have the opportunity to earn an elementary school or secondary school teaching license in addition to their bachelor degree through different programs (ETPP and STPP).

What entrance tests are required?

The GRE general test is required for admission. Find more information here.

How does Duke's MAT program differ from other teacher preparation programs?
Duke's MAT Program students teach for 27 weeks through two distinct student-teaching placements. Additionally, MAT students take 5 courses in their content area in addition to courses on pedagogy and education.
How large is the program?

The average cohort size is fifteen students.

Can I study part-time or remotely?

Unfortunately we do not offer part-time or remote options for this program.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The MAT Program is completed in twelve months. Students begin the program in July and 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 FAFSA form along with your application.

Contact Information:

MAT Program Director: Alexis Yowell (919) 613-5516

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

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

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