Master of Arts in Teaching
Online Degree Program
Mastery of Curriculum Development—Delivered Completely Online for Working Teachers
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The Education Master of Arts in Teaching: Curriculum Studies Emphasis is a graduate degree for all teachers K-12. Designed for working teachers, this degree can be completed entirely online and you can start any academic term.
The Curriculum Studies MAT degree provides experienced educators with the knowledge, abilities, and critical evaluation skills needed to elevate their own professional development toward a vision of accomplished educational 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. The Curriculum Studies program provides opportunities to develop an in-depth understanding of:
- Content-specific pedagogy
- The curriculum development process
- Teacher research
- Research-informed approaches to teaching and learning
We also encourage you to visit the School of Teacher Education Curriculum Studies MAT page for this program.
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Course of Study
The Education Master of Arts in Teaching: Curriculum Studies Emphasis is a 30 credit hour degree program. This degree can be completed fully online. All required courses and many elective courses are offered online.
Each student will be able to create a program time line that fits their needs. One full year of full-time classroom teaching experience or equivalent is required to graduate from this program.
Required Major Credits (21 credit hours)
- EDF 610 Teacher Research (3)
- EDF 619 Pluralism in Education (3)
- EDF 640 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
- EDF 662 Foundations of Curriculum Development & Instructional Practice (3)
- EDF 664 Current Issues in Instruction and Assessment Practices (3)
- EDF 685 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)
- SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)
Elective credit courses, generally taken during Summer term, must have the approval of the program advisor prior to completion. Many students elect to take content-specific courses in the field in which they instruct.
Upcoming Scheduled Courses
To see the future course offering schedule, visit the Curriculum Studies MAT Current Students page. (Specific Summer term courses are not listed because students generally take elective courses during Summer term.)
In lieu of a master's thesis, Curriculum Studies MAT students prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a journal of choice. In consultation with his/her program advisor, candidates review written projects from required courses in preparing the manuscript.
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
You must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better on the most recent 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. If you do not meet the G.P.A. requirement, you must submit a score of 1,000 on the GRE combined verbal and quantitative sections. One full year of full-time classroom teaching experience or equivalent is required to graduate from this program. You can complete up to 9 credit hours of the Curriculum Studies MAT coursework before formal admission to the program.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Applicable graduate credit may be applied towards this academic program. In order for credits to be accepted toward a degree they must be graduate level credits, be approved by the Academic Advisor, and have a grade of A or B. Once approved by the advisor, students must complete a Petition to Count Work in a Degree Program to have the credit approved by the Grad School. Master’s and specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be within five years for a master’s degree and six years for a specialist degree. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students 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 2013-14 school year for this program is $456 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Master’s degree students require a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Student Health Insurance
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.
Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.
Please visit www.unco.edu/ship for more information about the insurance plan.
This degree is a continuous enrollment program, which means that candidates can begin the program any academic semester. Contact the Academic Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines.
To begin the application process, you will submit the free online application to the School of Teacher Education (see link below). You will then also apply to the UNC Graduate School. Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, admission to this program is a two-stage process. Your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process. Please contact the program coordinator about conditional admission to begin taking the first program courses if you have an application in progress.