For Future Students

Duke’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 currently has over 100 graduates teaching in school districts across the country.  Sixty-two graduates work in the program's partner school district, Durham Public Schools. Graduates also serve as educational leaders in schools, school-districts, universities, and businesses.

Duke's Master of Arts in Teaching is a collaborative partnership with Durham Public School system. Durham Public Schools is currently the 8th largest school district in the state of North Carolina. There are 28 elementary schools (K-5), eight middle schools (6-8), two secondary schools (6-12), seven high schools (9-12), and one hospital school.

Our Partner Schools

The MAT Program has long-standing partnerships with our partner high schools. Our partner schools are:

Durham School of the Arts:
  • ​Rated one of the Best High Schools in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • An arts-based magnet school focused on the visual and performing arts

  • Partners with top tier institutions, such as the Durham Performing Arts Center, Duke University and the American Dance Festival, to expose students to high caliber guest artists who provide workshops and master classes

Durham School of the Arts
Durham School of the Arts

Hillside High School:
  • ​The oldest historically black high school in Durham
  • In 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Hillside High School, which was one of the Southeast's highest-ranked black high schools.
  • Hillside has an award-winning Marching Band and Drama department.
  • Hillside is also the site for a specialized Business and Finance Academy.

Hillside High School

Charles E. Jordan High School:​
  • Jordan is known for its Freshman Academy, a comprehensive freshman transition program for all first-time (or non-repeating) 9th graders.
  • Students can choose from more than 17 AP courses.
  • Jordan features career pathways in Agriscience/Biotechnology and Commercial and Artistic Production.

Jordan High School

Northern High School
  • ​Northern's principal, Matthew Hunt, was recently named 2016 Principal of the Year for Durham Public Schools.
  • For the past 2 years, Northern has been among the Washington Post's top 5% list of U.S. High Schools.
  • Only high school in the DPS region to exceed academic growth

Northern High School

Riverside High School:
  • ​Riverside is home to a very large and all-inclusive Exceptional Children's Program
  • In 2011, Riverside's student newspaper, "The Pirate's Hook" was awarded the best student run newspaper in North Carolina.
  • Riverside is also home to Durham Public Schools' pre-engineering curriculum, which is part of the Project Lead the Way program.

Riverside High School


Southern School of Energy and Sustainability:
  • ​Southern is a magnet school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in relation to energy and sustainability.
  • Students select one of four smaller schools in which to complete their school requirements: School of Biomedical Technology, School of Business Management and Sustainability, School of Computer and Technology Engineering, School of Infrastructure Engineering.

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability


Superintendent of Durham Public Schools

Dr. Bert L'Homme, superintendent of Durham Public Schools