The Master of Art in Teaching program prepares teacher candidates to receive a North Carolina Initial Professional teaching license. MAT candidates can apply for licensure  in one of four areas:

Secondary English Education (grades 9-12)

Secondary Social Studies Education (grades 9-12)

Secondary Science Education (grades 9-12)

Secondary Math Education (grades 9-12)

Licensure Assessments

In addition to successful completion of MAT course work and internships, candidates must earn passing scores on the edTPA and Praxis II Content Knowledge assessment .


edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 28 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment.

Teacher candidates must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students' strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators. edTPA builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning.


edTPA assessment fee: $300                                                       North Carolina edTPA passing score table

Praxis II Content Knowledge Assessment 

Content knowledge assessment can be taken prior to or during the MAT program. A passing score is required by completion of the MAT program. List Duke University as a score recipient. 

To Be Licensed in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
English (Secondary) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
Mathematics (Secondary) Mathematics(On-screen graphing calculator provided) 5165 159
Science (Comprehensive, Secondary) General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 151
Social Studies (Comprehensive, Secondary) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 158


Praxis II Content Knowledge Assessment fee: $130