Master of Arts in Teaching

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Share your passion for advanced teaching and learning with the next generation

30 Graduate Credit Hours

Locations offered
100% Online

Course format
8-week terms

About the Campbell Adult and Online Education (AOE) Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is to prepare candidates for the everchanging 21st Century Classroom with a focus on the learner and the learning process. An emphasis on community and faith engagement as a part of the “village” to educate students undergirds this program of study.

Through Individualized projects, assignments, and clinical internship experiences teacher education candidates can learn research-based instructional methods which aligns to all developmental aspects of the growing and continuing learner. Practical application within these internships affords the candidate an opportunity to become the reflective practitioner to make sound educational decisions about learning in a classroom.

This program is intended for college and university graduates who may or may not have formal education coursework or training. Students who complete this program would fulfill some eligibility requirements for the initial North Carolina Teacher License.

Two tracks:

  • B-K, Elementary Special Education 
  • K-12, Secondary Education, Middle School 

Master of Arts in Teaching Course Format

Campbell Online offers the first 8 courses 100% online. The two remaining courses require in-person internship experience in a classroom.

Why Choose Campbell AOE for Your Education Studies Degree

This program provides you with a broad knowledge base in several core areas including, assessment, curriculum development, teaching methods, educational psychology, program planning, and adaptive technology.    

  • Learn in a program with a proven track record of success on the edTPA national licensure test all graduates must pass prior to being recommended for an initial NC license.
  • Benefit from the flexibility of getting your education degree online, allowing you to get practical experience while balancing other professional or family responsibilities.
  • Develop your skills in a teacher education program that emphasizes a close mentoring relationship between instructors and students.
  • Learn from seasoned faculty who share first-hand classroom teaching experience. All faculty have NC teaching licenses that align with the courses they teach.
  • Benefit from access to both online and on-campus faculty who partner and collaborate in all aspects of the educational studies program to ensure the highest quality student experience both online and on campus.
  • Enjoy the convenience of doing your teaching field experience close to home; online students are placed in local schools where they live.
  • Benefit from accelerated 8-week terms that allow you to complete your degree sooner and put your new skills to work faster.

Student Testimonial

Natascha Ridley

“Under the guidance of Dr. Godwin and the mentorship of outstanding professors, I’ve deepened my understanding of teaching and sharpened my skills in the classroom. Campbell has empowered me to embrace my role as a teacher with confidence, knowing that I have the knowledge and support to make a meaningful impact on my students’ lives.”

– Natascha R., Winner of the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award for East Clayton Elementary

The Education Studies MAT Curriculum

Courses You Will Take

Courses are designed in eight-week accelerated terms to allow flexibility for adult learners. 


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Skills You Will Learn

The curriculum in the MAT program provides you with essential teaching skills and a firm foundation in the theories, principles and practical applications necessary for teaching success in the elementary education or special education classroom. In addition, each program also emphasizes skills development in:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Empathy
  • Cultural sensitivity

Approved Licensure Areas

Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree but are not licensed to teach in the public schools must meet the requirements for the North Carolina initial licensure. Candidates must have 24 hours in the content area. The following are the Licensure Areas that Campbell University is approved to offer by the State of North Carolina:

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle Grades English/Language Arts (4-9)
  • Middle Grades Mathematics (4-9)
  • Middle Grades Science (4-9)
  • Middle Grades Social Studies (4-9)
  • Secondary English/Language Arts (9-12)
  • Secondary Mathematics (9-12)
  • Secondary Science (9-12)
  • Secondary Social Studies (9-12)
  • Special Education General Curriculum (SPED – K-12)
  • Health and Physical Education (K-12)
  • Spanish (K-12)
  • Studio Art (K-12)

Program Director

Dr. Chris Godwin

Dr. Chris Godwin is assistant dean and chair of the Professional Education Department in the School of Education & Human Sciences at Campbell University . He recently served as president of the North Carolina Association for Colleges of Teacher Educators and as an appointed member of the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program Commission. Dr. Godwin has received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Campbell University School of Education & Human Sciences. He adds that the most rewarding aspect of his career was teaching eighth grade students at Dunn Middle School.

Jobs with the MAT Graduate Degree

  • Curriculum Designer
  • Digital Learning Specialist
  • Educational Consultant
  • K-12 General Education Teacher
  • K-12 Subject-Specific Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Adult ELL Teacher
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North Carolina Teacher Licensing Requirements

Every state has unique licensure requirements for educators. For the most up-to-date information on North Carolina teacher licensing requirements, please visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

Note: If you currently hold a Residency License in the Public Schools of North Carolina, the MAT program fulfills that requirement and can be completed easily within the three-year limited residency license period. (Residency Licensure is renewable twice, making it a three-year license.  Candidates must complete an EPP program within that time period in order to be recommended for the initial NC license.

Admissions Requirements

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited US institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Satisfy Campbell University General Admission Requirements by submitting a completed application.
  • No standardized tests such as GREs are required for full admission.

Getting Started in an AOE Master of Arts in Teaching Program

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