Education MAT: Curriculum Studies Emphasis

  • This online Master of Arts in Teaching: Curriculum Studies is a graduate degree for all teachers, K-12. This degree can be completed fully online. All required courses and many elective courses are offered online.
  • This is a continuous enrollment graduate program which means that candidates can begin the program in any semester.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Curriculum Studies Emphasis is a degree that provides experienced practitioners with knowledge, abilities, and dispositions needed to scaffold their own professional development toward a vision of accomplished practice.
  • Candidates in this program analyze contemporary practices and theories relating to knowledge acquisition as a means of enhancing student learning and the curriculum development process within school systems. Three abilities are emphasized throughout the program: critical reflections, systematic inquiry, and collaboration.
  • This program emphasis provides opportunities to develop an in-depth understanding of content-specific pedagogy, the curriculum development process, teacher research, and research-informed approaches to teaching and learning.
  • This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students (in state or out of state) in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials. Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2011-2012 school year for this program is $430 per credit hour.

Comprehensive: M.A.T.: Curriculum Studies

Candidates in the M.A.T.: Curriculum Studies program prepare a publishable manuscript for publication in a journal of choice in lieu of a masters thesis. In consultation with his/her program advisor, candidates review written projects from EDF 610 (Teacher Research), EDF 662 (Foundations of Curriculum Development & Instructional Practice), and EDF 664 (Current Issues in Instruction and Assessment Practices) in preparing the manuscript. Candidates must submit the manuscript for publication and provide evidence of the submission to successfully pass the program's comprehensive component.

  • One full year of full-time classroom teaching experience or equivalent is required to graduate from this program.
  • Candidates are allowed to complete 9 credit hours of MAT coursework prior to formal admission to the program.
  • For more detailed information regarding the Masters of Teaching: Curriculum Studies program email Dr. Bartelheim at

M.A.T.: Curriculum Studies Emphasis

Required Major Credits - 21 credit hours

  • SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
  • EDF 610 Teacher Research (3)
  • EDF 619 Pluralism in Education (3)
  • EDF 662 Foundations of Curriculum Development & Instructional Practice (3)
  • EDF 664 Current Issues in Instruction and Assessment Practices (3)
  • EDF 640 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDF 685 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

Elective Credits - 9 hours

Elective credit courses must have the approval of the candidate's program advisor prior to completion.

*Comprehensive article is completed the semester of graduation from the program. Candidates must meet with the program advisor prior to the semester of graduation to schedule the comprehensive.

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