Lenoir - Rhyne University

School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching


Hickory, NC 28601

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Teacher LicensureSchool Counseling Licensure, M.A. - Teaching

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

LR’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) provides students the opportunity to earn both a graduate degree and North Carolina teaching certification (which is honored in most states). The program is designed for students who have earned a non-education undergraduate degree and wish to pursue secondary teacher or certain K-12 teacher licensure areas. Students can earn a master's degree and gain the skills, training, and certification they need to be highly-qualified English, math, social studies, science, Spanish, physical education, or music teachers.

The program is designed with the working adult in mind, furnishing the opportunity to enter the exciting teaching profession without having to give up one’s current job in the interim. It is fully online, and students may begin any semester (summer, fall, or spring term). As a non-cohort program, students can complete the curriculum at their own pace—full-time or part-time. Although delivered online, full-time faculty mentors are located on both LR’s Hickory and Asheville campuses, providing students greater face-to-face access when needed. Any practicum experiences, including student teaching requirements, can be completed close to home at the students’ greater convenience.

The online environment allows students to see, hear, and interact with their professors and colleagues in a dynamic, real-time instructional setting that is very close to what they would have in a face-to-face class. This is not one of those programs where students are completing "modules." This program is comprised of live, interactive classes. Students work in groups and pairs as well as share their work as they would do in a regular classroom. Classes are small so that students can build important relationships with their professors and get the kind of personalized education that Lenoir-Rhyne University encourages.

Professors in the Master of Arts in Teaching program have many years of experience as teachers and administrators, which results in instruction that is targeted and based on the needs of today's classroom. With the hands-on, practical, and best practice tools that students will learn to utilize in the program, they will be equipped to make the most of their opportunities to inspire and instruct students. MAT graduates very often have a distinctive advantage in hiring for teachers because they have produced graduate work specifically in the craft of teaching and very likely have additional content preparation in their chosen areas of undergraduate study.



Lenoir-Rhyne University is accredited through SACS and the School of Education is accredited by NCATE.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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