Elementary Education (Phase II), M.A.T.

9 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Unlock new opportunities and advance your teaching career with the UNC Charlotte Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in Elementary Education. Designed for educators looking to elevate their skills and credentials, this online program offers a seamless transition from Phase I to Phase II, culminating in a prestigious M.A.T. degree.

Phase II: Elevate Your Expertise

  • Build on Your Foundation: Phase I entails earning UNC Charlotte's Elementary Education Graduate Certificate, laying the groundwork for advanced studies in Phase II.
  • Seamless Progression: Upon completing Phase I, students can seamlessly transition to Phase II by undertaking three additional courses, totaling nine credit hours, to earn their M.A.T. degree.

Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our M.A.T. curriculum comprises master’s level courses that complement and expand upon the foundational knowledge gained in the graduate certificate program.
  • Advanced Licensure: Graduates of the M.A.T. program qualify for the advanced licensure (“M”) elementary educator teaching license in North Carolina, opening doors to enhanced career prospects.
  • Collaborative Learning Environment: Foster meaningful connections with faculty, peers, and instructors to deepen your understanding of content knowledge and refine your teaching techniques.

Flexible Online Learning

  • Designed for Working Professionals: Our online format accommodates the busy schedules of working educators, providing the flexibility needed to balance career, education, and personal commitments.

Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite: Applicants must have completed UNC Charlotte's Elementary Education Graduate Certificate.
  • Detailed Information: Explore specific admissions requirements in the Admissions tab for comprehensive guidance.


  • Quality Assurance: Rest assured that all teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), ensuring the highest standards of quality and excellence.

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Elevate your teaching career with UNC Charlotte’s Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist today to learn more! Complete the For More Information box on this page or contact us using the links below.

Related Programs

» Elementary Education Graduate Certificate
» Instructional Coaching Graduate Certificate
» B.A. in Elementary Education


Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer first half term)
  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements:

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • Completion of UNC Charlotte’s Graduate Certificate in Teaching Elementary Education.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Elementary Education.
  • A statement of purpose.

Elementary education courses taken in Phase II of the M.A.T. require employment as an elementary teacher.

M.A.T. Required Courses (9 credit hours)

  • ELED 6202: Classroom Management and Leadership for Diverse Learners (3)
  • ELED 6203: Instructional Differentiation and Leadership for 21st Century Learners (3)
  • ELED 6303: Teacher Inquiry and Data Analysis in the Elementary Classroom (3) (Capstone Course)


  • * ELED 6303 is the Capstone Course and must be taken in the final semester of the program.

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».


What Can You Do With Your Elementary Education M.A.T.?

Most graduates of UNC Charlotte’s M.A.T. in Elementary Education program are elementary educators in grades K-6 and some have even moved on to become principals and assistant principals or transition to other careers.

UNC Charlotte M.A.T. in Elementary Education alumni are working in early childhood education in organizations such as:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Cabarrus County Schools
  • Horry County Schools
  • Wake County Schools
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools

Strong salary expectations

Lightcast, a global leader in labor market analytics research, collects job and salary data from UNC Charlotte graduates. Lightcast surveyed graduates of UNC Charlotte’s M.A.T. in Elementary Education program and found their estimated average annual salary to be $70,400.

Why UNC Charlotte?

Why Earn Your Elementary Education M.A.T. Online From UNC Charlotte?

By choosing UNC Charlotte’s online M.A.T. program, you’ll enjoy a number of advantages, including:

  • Earn your M.A.T. online in less than a year. Designed for working North Carolina elementary educators who have earned our Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education, our fully online M.A.T. program allows you to continue working full time as you earn your degree. Our program features a mix of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (not live) courses.
  • Receive strong student support in school and in your career aspirations. Our Center for Graduate Life provides the support and sense of community students need to meet the challenges they’ll face throughout their graduate experience. Virtual workshops are available online on subjects such as graduate academic writing and research writing at the graduate level. The University Career Center provides services, programs and support such as an Education Career Fair held each spring semester, individual appointments with career advisors and the Hire-A-Niner online job and internship database.
  • Learn from faculty experts. Our elementary education faculty members not only demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their field, but also a passion for the ideas embodied in their discipline. Faculty have authored books such as: Improving Teaching and Learning: Using Self-regulation to Engage in Strategic Action and Research and Action Research: Using Strategic Inquiry to Improve Teaching and Learning. Our faculty members have also been recognized for their teaching, research and student mentoring as recipients of several prestigious awards, including:
    • Teaching Fellows Teaching Excellence Award
    • Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence