Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Teaching English as a Second Language Specialization, M.A.T.

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Graduate Coordinator:  Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel

The English as a Second Language Specialization of the Master of Arts (MAT) degree is designed to prepare individuals who currently hold a bachelor’s degree for North Carolina teacher certification in the area of ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages).  Successful completion of the coursework and field experiences associated with this program will prepare candidates to take the Praxis II ESOL and apply for North Carolina K-12 certification in this area.

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the graduate MAT in English as a Second Language Specialization, the candidate should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of ESL.
  2. Demonstrate well‐articulated knowledge of K‐12 communities and issues affecting the English language learner population.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with colleagues, administrators, and families
  4. Demonstrate advanced content knowledge.
  5. Design, implement, and assess effective instruction.
  6. Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students.
  7. Demonstrate effective knowledge of state and federal policies and regulations with regard to the ESL population.
  8. Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of English language learners.
  9. Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed before graduate study begins
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all college, university or community college work (undergraduate and graduate).  Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. This program prepares individuals for North Carolina teacher certification in the area of English as a Second Language. A letter of interest (no more than 2 pages) describing any past experiences that might prepare you for your studies and your future goals in this area is required.
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline

Degree Requirements (33 total credit hours)

Professional Core (6 credit hours):

Electives (3 credit hours):

One elective (as approved by the Program Coordinator) from EDN, EDL, TSL or MIT 500-599

Internship (6 credit hours):

Exit Requirements:

Additional Information:

Applicants who live outside the UNCW Professional Development System must contact the program coordinator prior to submission.   The program coordinator will assist the applicant in arranging a provisional agreement for field experience placement in their county of residence.

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